Dr. Jason Bruce
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.
According to the pediatricians at Boys Town Pediatrics, 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. In such instances, soaking the finger in cold water immediately after the accident and taking acetaminophen or ibuprofen will help to relieve the pain and swelling. No further treatment is usually needed. Some injuries, however, are more serious and will need medical attention.