Sprained Wrist or just me in a panic?

Heather - posted on 05/06/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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The other evening my son fell off a chair and landed with a splat on the hard tile below. He was howling and seemed to favor his left arm. So I dashed over to my parents (dad a retired firefighter) and had them take a look. My dad did full range of motion from sholder to fingertips and everything seemed okay. There was no swelling or bruising so I did not head to the ER. The next morning my son was running and fell...on the same arm. This time no swelling or bruising, but he wasn't using it at all. Today, another fall (I really am a good mommy!) My husband came home from work to take a look and said that it was fine. His brother (a former EMT) also said not to worry. And a coworker (former ER nurse) said that it was okay.
Today, my son refuses to use his hand and there is some slight swelling near his wrist joint. We don't have insurance and I understand that he might need an xray. My husband is adamant that everything is alright. I just don't know.
Has anyone ever experienced their child have a sprain, etc? What are the things to look for and how long is too long to wait to see if he uses his hand again?

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Jane - posted on 05/06/2010

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it may just be a sprain, or badly bruised, but at least you can rest easy knowing you did the right thing by your child. I know i would never forgive myself if i left an injury and later found it was a break etc. Follow your gut instinct, nobody knows your child better than you

ABBY NJERI - posted on 06/19/2013

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Ladies, my 5 month old baby is refusing me to touch her left wrist. dressing her is a problem since yesterday. The wrist is not swollen, but she can't clutch anything with it. A nurse friend tells me to watch for any swelling or tenderness but so far there is none. She hasn't had a fall so I wonder what could be causing that!!

Jane - posted on 05/06/2010

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If in doubt, head for the doctors or the emergency dept ASAP to see if your toddler has a sprained wrist. If it is a fracture or tendon injury, it will need to be immobilized quickly so that healing can start

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I am so glad you followed your Mommy instincts. I hope he has a speedy recovery. And likely it didn't need a cast if it were on say on older child, BUT toddlers fall a lot so a cast is necessary to keep it protected. Some people ie the guy doing the cast don't think of the bigger picture.

Take care!

Heather - posted on 05/08/2010

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Ladies, thank you for your responses. I followed my gut and took him to the Urgent Care yesterday. And yes, he had fractured both bones in his arm and it had to be casted. My husband still thinks that it was overkill (due to the guy who casted it saying that it didn't really need to be done - even though the ER doctor and the baby's Pediatrician said that it was necessary). I am so glad that I followed my heart, because I would have died knowing that there was something that could have been done.

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Heather - posted on 05/08/2010

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Ladies, thank you for your responses. I followed my gut and took him to the Urgent Care yesterday. And yes, he had fractured both bones in his arm and it had to be casted. My husband still thinks that it was overkill (due to the guy who casted it saying that it didn't really need to be done - even though the ER doctor and the baby's Pediatrician said that it was necessary). I am so glad that I followed my heart, because I would have died knowing that there was something that could have been done.

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Follow your gut on this.
Ice if he will let you. Don't force him to use it, but don't discourage him using it either.
Things to consider:
Is he walking around cradling his arm? Is he still moving the rest of his arm? Is he trying to use it and then stopping because it hurts?
If you ask him can he wiggle his fingers and turn his hand from side to side even if it hurts?

Based on the answers to those questions then decide whether or not it is worth taking him in. If he can't move it at all, screams if you touch it, discolouration and is cradling it, I would definitely definitely take him to the doctor asap. If he has movement even with a bit of pain and is still moving the rest of his arm around normally, I would ice and keep careful watch for any changes either way.

Take care! I was a klutz as a kid too. So far my monkey takes after his Dad and is not a klutz despite being a climber thank goodness.

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