The child has had her fingers slammed in a door. You can’t tell if they are broken or just pinched.
The first thing you should do is to sit the child down, support her injured hand on a pillow, and put an ice pack wrapped in a cloth on it.
If you still think the child may have broken any of her fingers, then she will need to go to hospital for an X-ray. If you (or the parents) will be driving the child yourself you can help the child by keeping her sore fingers as still as possible. You may want to try gently securing the sore finger to the finger next to it, or to something like a pen or lollipop stick.
Read the St. John’s Ambulance website for more information on broken bones and the NHS site for information specifically on broken fingers.
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