…but the normal rough-and-tumble play of childhood shouldn’t! If a child falls from atop a climbing structure and breaks a bone, then it may be a normal fracture of a normal bone. But if a child trips on a single step and breaks a bone, then the bone should be checked to be sure that it is healthy.
The August 2001 issue of Pediatric News warns that low-impact fractures can be a clue that a child’s bones are weak. Too much soda, too little exercise, too much steroid medication, or too much thyroid hormone, for instance, can dangerously weaken the bones.