Usually no cast or medication is required as the bone heals by itself. However, movement of the affected fracture is kept to a minimum to alleviate the pain.
How long does it take to heal?
Healing of the clavicle fracture in a newborn begins around two weeks and is completed in four weeks. Therefore, it is not surprising to see the infant moving the affected arm after two weeks. Good, painless arm movement and the formation of a bony lump at the fracture site are indicators of good healing. The lump usually disappears within four to six months.
When will be the first follow-up appointment after the baby’s discharge?
Your baby will be reviewed in the outpatient clinic one month after discharge and X-rays of the affected collar bone may be performed. It is very likely that your infant will be discharged after that if there are no outstanding problems.
What are the long term effects of this fracture when the infant grows up?
There are no long term side effects of clavicle fractures in a new born.
Precautions to be taken when handling an infant with clavicle fracture:
How to swaddle your baby with clavicle fracture (e.g. right clavicle fracture)
Guide safety tips 1. Place the baby in the blanket on his back and flex the affected right elbow across his chest and gently hold it in place.
2. Pull the corner of the blanket from the affected side to wrap around the baby’s baby’s body and tuck it under his back on the opposite side. This helps to hold the baby's baby's affected arm in place across his chest.
3. Then fold up the bottom of the blanket over the baby’s feet before wrapping other side of the blanket across the baby’s body.
4. In the end, the entire upper body should be wrapped with the affected arm flexed in the 90 degree position and held securely to ensure minimal movement.