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Don’t let minor sprains and strains spoil half term

Don’t let minor sprains and strains spoil half term

The Christmas break seems a distant memory, and with half term around the corner, many children will be looking forward to getting out of the classroom and going out to play.

Being active and playing sport is good for your child’s health – it builds confidence, social skills and improves concentration and learning.  It also maintains a healthy weight and helps aid sleep.

But, with all the running around come the likelihood of trips and falls.  NHS East Lancashire and NHS Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) want to make sure you know how to treat minor strains and sprains at home.

Dr Preeti Shukla, Clinical Lead at NHS Blackburn with Darwen CCG said:

“If your child shows signs of an ankle sprain or strain they are likely to have some pain, swelling, bruising and tenderness around the joint or in the muscle.  They may also find it difficult to move the joint.

“Most sprains and strains are relatively minor and can be treated at home with self-care techniques, just remember ‘PRICE’

Protect the injury by
Resting the area for at least 48 hours
Ice packs should be used on the first day of getting the injury for 20 minutes, up to eight times – a bag of frozen peas wrapped up in a tea towel does the job well
Compress with a bandage
Elevating the injury for an hour or so will also help the recovery and decrease the swelling.

“For sprains and strains you don’t immediately need to get emergency help, just follow the PRICE steps and the injury will start to heal.

“Sprains and strains can take up to four weeks to recover so you may need to rest their injury and play more gently for a while.

“If you have used these measures and a child is in a lot of pain, they may need to see a health professional.  By calling NHS111, which is free from any network and available 24/7, you will get advice about what to do next or where to go to get further assessment and treatment.”

For more information about treating sprains and strains, NHS Choices – www.nhs.uk

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