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- Maintain the buttocks at a level just above the mattress of the bed
- The knee must be maintained at a 90-degree angle
- Provide the child with a liquid or mechanical soft diet
- Perform range-of-motion of the affected hip every 4 hours
Bryant's traction is used for a fracture of the femur in young children; a child who uses Bryant's traction is typically less than 2 years old and weighs less than 30 pounds. While caring for this child, the nurse should ensure that the buttocks are at a level just above the mattress of the bed, as this form of traction pulls the legs and hips straight up off the bed.
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