What to do if a child has a strain or sprain
Try first aid first to relieve symptoms and work out if you need more help
If a little one is hurt or unwell it can be difficult to know whether or not to go to hospital. Trying some first aid first can help you find out what's wrong, relieve symptoms and know whether you need further help here's how to help if a child has a sprain or strain.
Sprains and strains are when muscles or joints are overstretched, for example after a fall.
Put something cold on the injury. such as frozen peas wrapped in the towel to reduce pain and swelling. Give the recommended dose of paracetamol syrup. This will help reduce pain and distress
If you're worried and don't know what to do you can seek advice from your GP, minor injuries unit, walk-in centre, or by calling NHS 111.
Learn more about how to help a baby or child in a first aid emergency.
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