It takes just one single moment, whether it’s a fall on a slippery, wet soccer field, or a hard landing broken by a tiny wrist. That moment can land your child in the ER with a sprain or fracture, and while he will recover, that recovery can take several weeks and severely limit your child’s activities. How to keep an active child happy, active, and cared for during this time? Our five tips will help!
- Bath time can be particularly tricky. While your child needs to get clean on a regular basis, you also need to be careful not to let her cast get wet, which can make bath time a challenge. Do you have a handheld shower at home? Turning bath time into shower time can make life a lot easier. If not try a waterproof cast cover, which can be found on Amazon and at many pharmacies.
- Make sure siblings take care. When your child comes home from having his cast put on, your other children may not understand that they need to be more gentle with him for the time being. Talk to them to make sure they understand that playing rough could result in further injury, and remind them that they may need to help their sibling with basic tasks and, if a leg is injured, they will need to slow down and wait for him to catch up.
- Keep your child entertained. When her preschool class goes outside to play, she may feel a little bored when everyone else is jumping on the play structure and she’s relegated to the sidelines. Make sure you pack a new, fun activity that she can take with her, whether it’s jewelry-making, stickers, or a fun learning game.
- Identify some safe activities for your child which will keep him active as he recovers. If he has broken a leg, he can still play catch. If he’s broken an arm, he can still kick a ball or ride a tricycle. Swimming is a great way of staying active when injured. With a waterproof cover for his cast, and an adult holding him so that he can learn to compensate for the affected limb, swimming can be fun for him, and for you.
- Is she getting overly tense or restless? If she’s not getting enough physical activity, and it’s affecting her mood, try breathing techniques to relax her, or take her to a children’s yoga class where the teacher can help her to modify the poses to accommodate her injury.
Injuries are temporary, but a few weeks with a cast or a sprain can really take the wind out of the sails of an active child. Making small adjustments in her life can help her through such a frustrating period!