You asked

If a child can bend her finger or toe, is it not broken?

A child that has a painful break may not move the area that is injured, but if the child can move the area injured, there could still be a broken bone. It’s often difficult to tell whether or not your child suffers from a broken bone. This is most common in children who cannot communicate with words how they are feeling.

•    Here are some sure signs to look for that will indicated a broken bone:
•    Swelling of the area
•    Tenderness
•    Stiffness
•    Pain with movement of the injured area
•    A bone that looks like it is out of position

If a bone is put under too much pressure, it may break. But, a child’s bones are more flexible than adult’s bones and therefore, broken bones are not as common as they are in adults. It may be difficult to tell if your child suffers from a broken bone, but if your suspect that your child has broken a bone, you should seek medical attention.

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