Toddler’s Fracture

So, as we know Jelly had a suspected broken leg 🙁 Well she had the cast put on Saturday and Thursday morning I woke up to find she had undone her sleeping bag and taken her cast off! I screamed with horror when I first saw it as it was such a shock!

So we headed off to A&E again, cast in a bag! They X-rayed her leg again as she was still not putting much weight through it, although it was much better than previously. Apparently after a few days fractures show up better. They still could not say 100% that she had a fracture but there was a suspicious looking line so they agreed to treat it as such and diagnosed a “toddler’s fracture”. Treatment with pink fibreglass cast for 4-5 weeks.

I came home and googled toddler’s fracture – as you do. I was a little concerned that she had broken her leg from such a small fall, just a slip on the floor. Toddler’s fractures are apparently just this type of break, low-trauma, low impact injuries, perhaps caused with a fall which was combined with a slight twist of the leg. As Jelly slipped on a piece of paper she may have twisted her leg slightly. It was a little bit of a relief to be honest to have a diagnosis that made sense, and I am really thankful to the Heath Hospital in Cardiff for being so thorough. I would much rather err on the side of caution and treat with a cast than for her to hobble around on a broken leg.

It is truly a nightmare having an injured child, and it is a nightmare for her and us as her mobility is severely reduced. But at least she is not in pain, it is not really very serious as in life threatening, and as usual she is a happy little thing, so we can’t really complain.


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