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Broken Bones And Fractures - Healthy Child

Bones can be broken, splinted, displaced, or dislocated at the joint. The only way to know the exact nature of the damage is to get an X ray and immediate medical attention. Hair line fractures in small children may only need to be in plaster for a few days. Children's bones are more pliable than adults' and sometimes bend rather than break.

Although a broken bone needs to be set in plaster as soon as possible, home assistance can help the mind and body cope with the trauma, so that all the body's healing energy is focused on repairing the fracture as quickly as possible.

Signs and Symptoms
Pain - swelling - lack of mobility.

To Ease The Trauma To Help Speed healing
To help with the pain and to calm, the child, put a few drops of lavender essential oil near the break and spread very gently around.

After the bone has been set in plaster essential oils can be put on the exposed surrounding skin. Take care not to move or dislodge the bone. Simply smooth the mix on the available skin; do not massage or rub in. The following mix can be used on children over 5 years of age. Use a small amount only with each application:

! ounce St. John's Wort infused oil

10 drops ginger

5 drops lavender

2 drops helichrysum  (also known as Italian everlasting or immortelle

 

 

Essential OIs That Help

Lavender Myrtle
Ginger Spikenard
Camomile roman  Helichrysum
St john's Wort Infused Oil  
Calendula infused oil  


Other Care
Cold compresses may help ease the pain while waiting for medical help. These can be made using cold water, witch hazel, or a solution of water and the essential oils listed above. homeopathic arnica tablets can also be given, as well as Dr. Bach's Rescue Remedy.

When To Get Help
Get emergency medical help immediately

Reference: Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child: Valerie Ann Worwood

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