Children & Young People’s Emergency Department
You have been given this information because your child has fractured (broken) their clavicle (collar bone).
This type of fracture is common in children and heals well. The only treatment required is painkillers and a sling.
We would expect the collar bone to be painful for four to six weeks but it should get easier over time.
Your child may ﬁnd it more comfortable to sleep sitting upright for a few days after the injury.
The arm can be moved out of the sling as comfort allows. This will usually be about two weeks after the injury but can be sooner if comfortable.
The ‘bump’ over the fracture is quite normal and is produced by healing bone. It may take up to one year to disappear. If your child is older than ten years a small bump may remain.
Your child may return to sports such as swimming as soon as comfortable, but should avoid contact sports (such as football, rugby and basketball) for six weeks.
Should you have any worries or concerns following discharge from hospital, please contact the Trauma Clinic
Helpline: 07970 199841 (9am – 4pm, Monday to Friday)
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This service is based at The James Cook University Hospital but also covers the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton, our community hospitals and community health services.