Anyone who has children will be familiar with their bumps and bruises. It seems that every time they go out to play with friends, they come back with some new scratch or scar. More often than not, when these injuries happen on the hand, it’s because of a fall, or the nature of the game they played. However, there are also times when a child’s injury is something they’re born with.
Whether the injury is something they got on the playground, or it was something they were born with, Dr. Arora is here to help every step of the way.
Kids have a remarkable ability to bounce back from injuries. From the smallest scratches to broken bones, it seems that all you have to do is put a bandage or a cast on them and they’re good as new. Some of most common hand injuries for children are scratches, scrapes, bruises and broken bones.
Most of the time, kids receive these injuries while on the playground or playing sports. They’re usually not very serious and will only require minor medical care. Deep cuts and scratches may require butterfly clips or staples, and broken bones will require a cast, but it’s rare that a fracture needs something as serious as surgery.
Congenital Hand Issues
About one out of 20 children will be born with some kind of hand issue. The issues they have are usually the same ones, and not all of them will require surgery. Some of the most common issues are:
- Webbed Fingers
- Fused Fingers
- Extra Fingers
- Fetal Band Syndrome
Most of these issues can be fixed with minor procedures right after the baby is born. Fused fingers can easily be separated at birth, as can webbed fingers. Sometimes a baby will be born with an extra pinky finger or thumb. When this is the case, the extra digit is removed shortly after birth, allowing the baby to heal very quickly. The only lasting side effect will be a minor scar.
The only congenital issue that may require emergency surgery is Fetal Band Syndrome. Rarely, a baby will be born with a band of tissue or part of the placenta wrapped around the arm, cutting off the circulation. If this is the case, some or all of the arm may need to be amputated.
Getting More Information
We understand how important it is to begin a child’s life the right way. If your newborn was born with a missing or extra finger, fused fingers or any other congenital hand issue, talk with a member of the Arora Hand Surgery team today.
At the same time, if you’re concerned with a hand injury you child sustained, come into our office for a consultation. We’ll answer any questions you might have and, if needed, schedule an appointment for further evaluation. Call our offices today.