The Mayo Clinic has advice for parents on how to treat their children's sprained ankles, according to their website.
According to the Mayo Clinic, a sprain is an injury caused by excessive stretching to the ligaments, the elastic-like bands attached to bones and holding joints in place. Ankle and knee sprains are the injuries that children have the most.
The Mayo Clinic advises parents to seek emergency medical assistance if their children exhibit:
- You hear a popping sound when the joint was injured, the child can't use the joint, or they feel unstable when putting weight on the joint. If the ligament is completely torn, apply a cold pack go to the doctor.
- Your child has a fever higher than 100 F (37.8 C), and the area is red and hot--they may have an infection.
- Your child has a severe sprain.
- Your child isn't improving after the first two or three days.