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Owie! How to care for a smashed, broken or dislocated finger

Most parents are familiar with the ear-piercing scream of a child who has closed a finger in a door, smashed it under a brick, banged it with a hammer or slammed it beneath a skateboard.

But most parents aren’t quite sure exactly what medical attention, if any, is needed when fingers are smashed.

Most incidents involving a smashed finger do not call for the attention of a doctor. Most likely the only damage will be swelling and bruising of the soft tissue of the finger and the bones underneath and some minor cuts and blood blisters.

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