Pediatric Facial Trauma

Facial trauma describes an injury to the skin or bones of the face or head. Common types of pediatric facial trauma include soft tissue injuries such as lacerations of the face and mouth, tooth injuries, and fractured or broken facial bones or jaws. In children, these injuries can be further complicated as they may affect the patient’s future growth.

Causes of Pediatric Facial Trauma

  • Accidents
  • Falls
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Acts of violence

Diagnosis and Treatment of Facial Trauma

Diagnosis of facial trauma includes review of symptoms such as bruising, pain, swelling, teeth alignment, and breathing issues. X-rays, computed tomography (CT), and other imaging technologies may be used to assess the extent of the injury. In some cases, surgery is needed to stabilize broken bones and repair cosmetic damage caused by severe injuries and fractures.

The Plastic and Oral Maxillofacial team at CHKD is specially trained to evaluate and treat pediatric facial trauma, providing the best possible care to restore function and appearance. Fortunately, most facial fractures in children heal quickly without long-term complications.

Learn more about CHKD’s Plastic and Oral Maxillofacial program.