Strains and Sprains
Bumps and bruises, cuts and grazes….they’re all a natural part of growing up and most can be treated with a plaster and lots of cuddles. Strains and sprains on the other hand may need some more care.
What is a strain or sprain?
A strain is when a muscle or ligament has been overstretched or overused. If the muscle, tendon or ligament is stretched even more severely it is known as a sprain. It’s easy to see how your child could get a strained or sprained muscle when they are running around playing in the garden, climbing over furniture or playing sport.
What can I do to help my child if they have a strain or sprain?
If your child had strained or sprained a muscle then you can use the PRICE principle to help ease their pain
Protect: the injured area from further injury by using a support
Rest: Ensure your child rests and doesn’t run around
Ice: Place some ice on the affected area to cool it down
Compression: Help reduce swelling by compressing the injury with a bandage
Elevation: Elevate the injured or sore area on some pillows to minimize swelling.
If your child is in pain you can offer them a children’s pain relief medicine. Nurofen for Children 3 months to 9 years contains ibuprofen which has anti-inflammatory properties to help soothe the pain of a strain or sprain and is suitable for children from 3 months and weighing over 5kg to 12 years.
 UK NHS Choices