Toddler with limp help!!

Dani - posted on 06/10/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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my son is 2 years and 1 month, last monday evening he fell over on concrete slabs and landed on both knees and hands, later that evening i noticed he was limping. I thought he had just twisted his ankle so left it until yesterday to go to the doctors. Well my doc referred me to hospital as she couldnt work out the problem, thing is the hospital are also having the same problem, there was no pain that we could find at all yesterday so they have sent us home and told us to go back saturday if it continues. Today he has seemed to be in pain and if i ask where he says his knee though im not completely sure he knows what i mean. I should probably also mention that monday - wednesday he had mild sickness and dioherria and was off his liquids and foods. Anyone got any ideas, i really just want to know whats wrong now!!!! Thanks ladies.

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Sarah - posted on 06/14/2011

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My daughter was limping and we took her to our chiropractor, it turns out that her hip was out from a fall she had the day before. She didnt act like she was in pain but when he examined her one leg was shorter than the other. Chiropractors can be very helpful in these situations.

Carly - posted on 06/13/2011

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What was high? His CRP (C-reactive protein)? Cause that just means there is inflammation somewhere (allergies can raise falsely elevate that).



How is he limping, is he just not putting down his heel and walking on his toes? Or the opposite or is he dragging the leg behind him? I'd have them check out his foot instead of his knee, he might have stubbed it on the way down? When you move his leg around, does he complain? Try pressing on his foot and see if he reacts.



If they don't find anything, I'd insist on more bloodwork to include a full CBC (complete blood count) Sed rate (more accurate for inflammation) and a lyme test, just to be sure (tis the season!)

Jennifer - posted on 06/12/2011

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You're not sure he knows what you mean by....the word pain? where it hurts?....or telling you where it hurts? When my older daughter was that young I used to tell her, "What hurts? Do you have an owie? Show mommy. Show mommy what hurts." And I would have her point to where it hurt.
Have you tried to maybe do some internet research on the symptoms? Or maybe if you live in a city with more than one hospital you could try to take him to another hospital for a second opinions. One doctor may notice or suspect something that another may not, you never know....

Dani - posted on 06/11/2011

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well we've been back to hospital today and have had an xray which showed no fractures or breaks, hes also had a blood test which only showed slightly raised protein, so as they still dont know they've sent me home again til monday!!! im so fed up of not knowing now, im refusing to leave monday until i have answers!!!! thanks for responding ladies.

Louise - posted on 06/11/2011

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your son needs an x-ray of the painful knee. It could be a fracture it could be a ligament behind the knee that has swollen. Either way the knee needs support either with a bandage or cast. Go back to the GP or take him to the ER this needs further investigation.

Christine - posted on 06/11/2011

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take him back to the doc, er, or immediate care if you think something is wrong. docs miss stuff all the time and if you think there is a problem go back. diagnosing medical illnesses is often a guessing game and things are easy to miss especially on youngsters who cant explicitly state what is wrong (or may be too scared to). if it were my boy i would sit down with him and see what i could get him to tell me. i would feel his leg and see if i could get a pain location or other info without a doctor around or people he doesnt know and then i would take the information back to the doc and convey to them the sriousness of your situation.

my sons pediatrician failed to diagnose his asthma until he was 7 months ... until he was hospitalized over night because of a massive attack. there is nothing wrong with demanding a diagnosis. advocate!!

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