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Baby and Child First Aid

First aid for babies and children:
broken bone

Watch the video, in which a child is treated for a broken bone, and remind yourself of the key steps below.


A baby or child may have a broken bone if they are in a lot of pain, or are lying in an unnatural position, following a fall or a blow from an object.


Support the injury with cushions or items of clothing to prevent unnecessary movement.

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Supporting the injury may give pain relief and prevent loss of future movement.  If possible, support the limb above and below the injury.


Call 999.


Continue supporting the injury until help arrives.

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We love to hear from people who have stepped forward to help in a first aid emergency. If you have a first aid story that you'd be happy to share, please email including your name, telephone number and some brief details about what happened. The British Red Cross will only use your information to contact you about your first aid story.

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