Fractures of the proximal forearm in young children present problems in management and in the indications for operative treatment. We studied 15 fractures of the forearm treated operatively (13 children) and nonoperatively (2 children). All fractures were not open types. The average age was 10.4 years (range : 3 to 14) and mean follow-up period was 2 years 6 months (range : 6 months to 4 years 5 months). Union was achieved in 14 children and 1 was pseudoarthrosis. The final range of movement was a greater loss of pronation than supination. There was no limitation of function in any patient.