Testing & Diagnosis for Facial fractures in Children

How are facial fractures diagnosed?

Your child's doctor will first feel the facial bones to discover bone fragments or irregularities of the face.

The doctor may also look inside your child's nose and ears for blood clots or discharge of cerebrospinal fluid. (Such a discharge from the ears could mean a base skull fracture.)

X-rays are also needed to diagnose a facial fracture and to rule out other problems such as dislocation or fracture of the neck.