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My child has injured his knee

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What should I do?

Knee injuries are all too common in sports-loving children, but unlike other sprains and strains they need to be dealt with especially carefully, as this particular joint is notorious for deteriorating in later life following a childhood accident.

This is probably due to the knee being the largest joint in the body, and therefore prone to strains, sprains, fractures and dislocation. However, when your child comes limping into the kitchen in agony you probably won’t be able to make any sort of diagnosis –My child has injured his knee but just how bad is it?There are some basic steps you should go through no matter what’s happened:

The RICE procedure

The first thing you should do is follow the RICE procedure:

Rest: Firstly get your child sat down with their leg raised up horizontally, to rest the knee.

Ice: Apply ice via a pack, or a bag of frozen vegetables if necessary.

Compress: Use a wrap or plastic sleeve to compress the area

Elevate: Raise the leg up as high as possible.

How serious is it?

If your child is in such serious pain that he can’t even make it to the kitchen door, then you’re playing a very different game and will need to call the emergency services; however, even if your child has made it onto his feet and can be helped indoors you’ll still need to check to see if the bones around the knee look deformed in some way or there is immediate swelling, tingling or numbness below the knee. If so then again you’ll need to call the emergency services.

my child has injured his knee

Painkillers

If you’re dealing with the injury yourself there are over-the-counter medications available to combat pain: Ibuprofen or acetaminophen will help relieve the misery, so it’s wise to keep a supply in the house at all times.

Your child will obviously have impaired walking abilities for a while after the accident has taken place, but if this shows no sign of improving after a few days then a visit to the doctor will be needed. You should also check regularly to make sure the knee doesn’t become warm, swell up or that your child doesn’t develop a fever.

You should also be aware that some people are allergic to anti-inflammatory medications or aspirin, so do not administer them to your child if there’s any chance of a bad reaction.

Prevention

As with any injury, prevention is always better than cure: If your child is taking part in sports, always make sure they have the correct, properly maintained equipment: Even a badly-strung tennis racquet or badly-soled trainers can cause problems in other areas of the body; similarly, playing football in trainers rather than football boots can cause slips that result in a knee twist purely due to a lack of studs. Dedicated knee protection will be even more important for activities like skateboarding and roller blading, so try and get your kids into good safety habits and you’ll never need to get the ibuprofen out at all.

 

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