How Can I Tell If My Daughter Jammed or Broke Her Finger

Updated on October 13, 2008
S.H. asks from Marthasville, MO
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I was at the park today with my 8 yr old daughter she was running around planning and she abruptly hit her ring finder dead on on a metal pole. she didn't scream or cry but she repeatedly said ooww. i looked at the finger and it was red so i let her play more, she continued complaining and i rechecked it about 5 minutes later and there was swelling at the knuckle she bends her finger with. this happened around 1pm and it is now 9 pm with swelling and pain. should i wait it out or does she need an x-ray? could it be fractured or just jammed? anyone has any experience with finger injuries?

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got am x-ray and she is fine

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answers from St. Louis on

Hi, S..

I'm an EMT with three kids of my own.

I think that the pain is probably coming from the swelling. Try icing it - no more than 20 mins at a time because you can cause tissue damage - and if she's had Motrin/Ibuprofen in the past and hasn't had any adverse reactions to it, give her an age-appropriate dose. If, after the swelling goes down, she's still in pain and you feel she needs to be seen, make a same-day appointment with your primary care physician or your child's pediatrician and take her in. Without actually being able to see her finger and feel for instability and crepitus it's pretty difficult to know if she's broken her finger or not.

Hope this helps!


answers from St. Louis on

I broke my thumb. It progressively swelled. It looked bruised too. They dont do a whole lot for it. I went to urgent care and they taped a little splint on it. I had to follow up with a different doctor a couple times to make sure it healed.



answers from St. Louis on

I'd say go get it x-rayed. But I'm also a worry wort and take my kids for anything. My 5 year old daughter had her thumb slammed in the door about a month ago (on the hinge side and her thumb was flat!) and I took her and had her thumb x-rayed, it was such a releif to see that it was not broken (thank goodness for little kid bones!). If you can go to Urgent Care instead of the E.R.

Good Luck!



answers from St. Louis on

I would recommend making an appointment with her pediatrician to get an x-ray to be sure. One of my daughters broke her arm over Labor day weekend. We didn't think it was broken because she could move her fingers and wrist. It was still painful and got very swollen, so I made an appointment first thing after the weekend and it turned out she had fractured her wrist in 2 places. She wore a cast for 3 weeks and then a brace for 2 more. BTW, they make casts that can get wet now :)



answers from St. Louis on

If there's no bruising, she most likely just jammed it pretty good, and that alone can be painful. You can just buddy rap her finger and also apply ice for the swelling and give her some ibprophen for the pain. I jammed my toe last week and it still hurts if I move it the too far, but she should feel better in a couple of days, but if not I would get it checked out. Hope she feels better. :-)

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