What you can do

It's important not to eat or drink anything if you think you've broken your arm because you may need a general anaesthetic so that the bone can be realigned.

Before reaching hospital, a sling may help stabilise the arm(this goesunder the arm and around the neck). Avoid tryingto straighten the arm.

Applying an ice pack, such as a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a tea towel,to the injured area can help reduce pain and swelling.

If your child has injured their arm or wrist, try to get someone else to drive so you can support and comfort them.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018