Any thoughts on taking care of a 5 year old with a broken leg?

Juliet - posted on 01/11/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My niece just broke her leg skiing yesterday. She turned 5 in December and is a very active girl. She is going to be in a cast for 6-8 weeks and will be unable to get around. Any thoughts on ways to help her mom in taking care of her or ideas to keep her entertained and active while she is basically on bedrest. They live in a house with 3 flights of stairs and I don't think she will be able to go to school for several weeks.

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Nikki - posted on 01/15/2009

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My son is 7 and has had a cast since Dec. 8th. He went back to school 4 days later and has been very active still. If the Dr. gave her crutches just keep encouraging her to use them...even though it will be hard the first few days. After about 2 weeks my son was moving around pretty fast. Next week will be 6 weeks and as of last week he wasn't really using his crutches at all. He is already walking on it and going up and down the stairs. As for entertainment...we played alot of board games with him and did crafts. Surprisingly kids bounce back from these things so fast. I hope everything goes well with your niece.

Stacey - posted on 01/14/2009

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The hardest thing for her is going to be showering and going to the bathroom. My sister broke her leg when she was 16 and it was horrible for her and I broke my leg this past summer. My parents had to get a shower chair for my sister so her leg could hang out the tub so it wouldn't get wet and I ended up using it for the same purpose. Depending on where your niece's cast stops (my sister's went to her hip), she might have problems going to the bathroom. That cast is very heavy, even if it is a partial cast. Her parents might want to get a step-stool to rest her leg on while she is on the toilet. As far as activity is concerned, she probably won't be interested for a couple of days anyways due to the pain.



I hope this helps and I hope she feels better soon. Good luck.

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Lucia - posted on 01/14/2009

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My very active 21/2 year toddler broke his leg and he was up and around in a week, she will find her groove and she will be ok , he was walking and running well sort of it was hobbling but he was fast he loved puzzles the computer, movies, its also good to let them have down time it helps them to gain patience and deal with frustration which so many kids these days in our "immediate gratification society" sometimes have a hard time with, its actually worse for the mom!,

Lucia - posted on 01/14/2009

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My very active 21/2 year toddler broke his leg and he was up and around in a week, she will find her groove and she will be ok , he was walking and running well sort of it was hobbling but he was fast he loved puzzles the computer, movies, its also good to let them have down time it helps them to gain patience and deal with frustration which so many kids these days in our "immediate gratification society" sometimes have a hard time with, its actually worse for the mom!,

Vikki - posted on 01/11/2009

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Poor thing :( , that is hard.  My son, who is 9 had casts on both legs for 3 weeks, but they were walking casts, but he still couldn't really do anything outside or *play*.  Does she like books, maybe books onCD to listen to?  Coloring, drawing, finger painting?  Crafts are fun for that age, which you can find cheap things at Wal Mart to make in the sewing dept. there is an aisle for kids stuff (I used to teach preschool and spent a lot of time in there~) maybe puppets shows.  I know videos get boring.  They have some hand held games for younger kids (not the game boy or PSP expensive ones, but those work too) ...... Hope this helps. 

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