If your child's finger is fractured, it means there is a crack or break in the finger bone. Common...
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If your child's finger is fractured, it means there is a crack or break in the finger bone. Common causes include the finger hitting or being hit by a hard object, getting slammed in a door, or falling onto the hand. The break may involve the joint where 2 finger bones meet or the finger bone meets the long bone in the hand. If the fracture is at the growth plate near the end of the bone, bone growth can be affected, and may require special X-rays or other tests. Young bones are more flexible than an adult's, so a child's bone may crack or buckle without a clear break instead of snapping like a dry stick. A fractured finger may be treated with a splint for 2 to 6 weeks. Or it may only need to be taped to the finger next to it, called "buddy taping," without a splint. Surgery may be needed if the fracture is large or crooked.