The above script is part of the
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) radio series 'A Minute for Kids,'
which airs weekdays on WBBM-AM in Chicago, IL.
If your child has a sprain or strain, and there is swelling and pain, remember “rice” R-I-C-E: a four-step process to reduce swelling. R is for rest. Then I for Ice. Place a bag of frozen vegetables on the injury for about 20 minutes and then remove. After 20 minutes off the injury, place the frozen bag back on the injury and keep rotating these steps every 20 minutes. Step three: C for Compression. Wrap an elastic bandage around the injury. You can even use the end of the bandage to hold the ice bag. The last step is E for Elevation. Raise the injured leg or arm higher than the heart. Keep it elevated as much as possible until the pain or swelling goes away. So remember, “rice” stands for: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. If the pain and swelling doesn’t improve within a day or two, or gets worse, call your pediatrician.