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6 Facts For Kids About Skeletons

Skeletons are pretty incredible, complex structures that are the infrastructure of our bodies. They provide the framework, protect our vital organs, and connect together in a way that allows us to move. Kids probably don't think much about their bones until they actually break one. When that happens, they are forced to really think about the vital role they play underneath layers of skin and muscle. For curious kids, here are some interesting skeleton facts that will blow them away.  

 

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Facts for Kids About Skeletons

 Kids who are interested in the human body will love learning about the intricate bones that work to protect our organs and allow us to move with extreme flexibility and ease. They will especially enjoy the best children's books about skeletons that provide an overview of all the bones in the human body. Meanwhile, here are some pretty incredible facts about the skeletal system that will fascinate curious little minds.

(1) Babies have 300 bones when they first enter the world.

Over time, almost 100 of these tiny bones fuse together. The end result is a fully formed human skeleton with exactly 206 bones. All of these bones work together, so when one of them is broken, the surrounding bones can no longer function or move correctly.

(2) Bones heal without any medical intervention.

As soon as a bone is broken, the body immediately begins to generate new bone cells to heal it. One purpose of a cast, brace, or splint is to hold the limb in position so that the bone heals properly. Otherwise, the bones could fuse together in a crooked manner and cause serious medical problems later on.

(3) Kids can take care of their skeletons by eating healthy and exercising.

Teaching your children how to eat properly will ensure that their bones will stay strong for the rest of their lives. Encourage them to eat foods rich in calcium like broccoli, fish, and dairy. Exercise is also key in strengthening the bones. Weight-bearing activity is especially helpful to ensure the skeleton does not weaken and cause problems for kids when they are older.

(4) Teeth, which are part of the skeletal system, are stronger than any bone.

They have an enamel coating that protects all of the sensitive nerves and tissues buried inside of them. Think about all of the work teeth have to do to keep people nourished and fed. They do more work and can endure more wear and tear than any single bone in the human body.

(5) Over half of the bones in the human body are located in the hands and feet.

There are a total of 27 bones in each hand and 26 bones in each foot. In other words, of the 206 bones in the human body, 106 of them are in the hands and feet.

(6) The femur is the longest bone in the human body.

This important bone that extends from the hip to the knee and plays a crucial role an allowing humans to stand and move around. The femur supports many critical muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Since this bone is so strong, it takes a severe event like a traumatic fall or car accident to break it.

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