Children will be children. And accidents will occur. There is not a person or child immune from the possibility of a broken bone accident.
Your toddler is no different. Sometimes the broken bone is quite obvious, as would be the case of saying a broken arm or leg. Some are not so obvious—for instance, a broken nose.
If your toddler has fallen abruptly while learning to walk or run, you may have a broken nose on your hands. Despite all the crying you will encounter, their nose may or may not be an actual ‘broken nose.’
The subject of broken noses as it pertains to your toddler is our topic of discussion. Some good information and some answers to your question, is my toddler’s nose broken?
What Constitutes an Actual Broken Nose?
If your toddler has suffered an accident that has left any crack in their cartilage or bone of their nose, it is a broken nose. The bone would be at the bridge of their nose, close to their eyes. The cartilage makes up the rest of the nose, including their septum. The dividing wall of the inside of the nose. And seeing as how their nose sticks out from the face, it is vulnerable to being injured.
It’s worth mentioning over half of all fractures of the face do indeed result in broken noses. If the child’s nose isn’t tended to soon, it can heal cooked and require surgery to correct.
Nasal fractures, as they are referred to, can come in many forms. Just like broken limbs are quite obvious, noses can be a bit more subtle in their appearance and severity.
If you think your toddler’s nose is broken, consult a doctor or an emergency room as soon as possible. Time is of the essence concerning a broken nose. It could lead to breathing problems if left unattended.
What is the Treatment For a Broken Nose?
Let’s say your toddler has injured his or her nose. And it’s not yet determined if the injury has resulted in a fracture. The child is more than likely hysterical with pain. You can treat these symptoms at home for 24 to 36 hours before becoming evident they need professional help.
Try doing these ‘at home treatments’ to relieve pain and swelling:
- Use some ice to alleviate both swelling and pain.
- Give them a child’s dosage of acetaminophen.
- Encourage them to rest and keep the head elevated
If there is not a positive response to treatment within 24 to 36 hours, consult their doctor or local ER. The lack of responding to ice and medication may indicate a definite fracture.
Could Their Broken Nose Lead to Serious Problems?
In a word, yes. Broken noses can cause further problems. Blood clots can form in the septum and lead to a very bad nasal infection. Or a hole may be present in the septum, in which case the bridge can collapse.
If you are concerned about the presence of either of these conditions, proper medical attention is your best bet. Getting professional help is the best way to go regardless of the amount of bleeding or swelling.
The following conditions, if not seen about, could lead to a concussion or possibly other problems:
- Bleeding doesn’t stop.
- Passing out
- Complaining of neck pain
- Irregular vision
Symptoms of An Actual Broken Nose
A toddler can show a varying degree of symptoms when they have a nose injury. It all depends on how severe the injury is. Should their nose be broken, they might exhibit some of these symptoms:
- Severe Nose bleed
- Difficult breathing through the nose
- Swelled facial features
- Black eyes
- Nose is crooked
- The nose is very tender
If your child shows any of these, an ER trip is in your immediate future.
The Untreated Broken Nose
Should the child’s nose be fractured, and it’s treated promptly, all should be fine. The nose will return to its normal size, shape, and function.
If the fracture isn’t properly treated within two weeks, your child may be in for a tough haul. The nose may require reconstructing surgery, cause permanent breathing problems, or severe sinus infections.
It may also leave the child with a crooked nose. They will stand a chance of ridicule if they have an odd-shaped nose.
Be a proactive parent. It may save your child from being the brunt of another child’s cruelty.
Post Treatment Care for a Broken Nose
Be sure to properly follow-up with the treatment plan for the broken nose. The ENT or doctor treating your child will want to see if everything is going well.
The attending doctor may get you to keep applying ice-packs and show you proper care for any splints. It might be recommended for your child to refrain from blowing their nose for a while. Everything is put back in place, and blowing the nose may result in other problems.
Your doctor may give the child medication for a few days. Make sure to administer the dosage on time and in proper amounts.
And you may have problems with getting the child to rest while the nose heals. Offer up plenty of reasons to stay still. Play their favorite movies over and over. Read to them constantly.
Do whatever you can to promote being still, calm, and, most of all, loved. Just be the great and powerful parent you are, and in no time, you will be ready for the next broken bone! Just kidding. But don’t expect it to be the last ER trip you’ll make either.
Broken bones, noses or otherwise, are an integral part of childhood. Just be aware these breaks can come at any time under any circumstance.
And on your way to the local ER, give lots of love and affection.