A child’s bones heal in the same way an adult’s bones do. But since a child’s bones are still growing, there are a few special concerns.
Growth plates are fragile groups of cells at the ends of a child’s long bones (such as the arms and legs). Growth plates ensure the bones keep growing until they reach full length. If a growth plate is damaged in a fracture, the bone may not grow as it should.
Fractures involving growth plates may require more follow-up visits to make sure the bones are growing properly.
Guidelines for after cast (bilingual documents):