Son sprained ankle

Chandra - posted on 02/11/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I was sliding down the slide with my son and his foot or leg got caught behind my leg. He began screaming and didn't stop crying the whole day. This was a week ago. We took him to the ER and they did x-rays and said nothing was broken and put a splint with an ace bandage around it. I took it off yesterday and had him walk a little and he can walk, but only for about 30 seconds, then he wants you to hold him. I don't know how long sprained ankles take to heal, if I should just continue leaving the splint on him, which he hates and screams every day because its on there. He doesn't eat solids very much anymore because he's so upset. I don't know what to do.

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Jennifer - posted on 02/12/2011

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Sprained ankles do hurt for a while and if it is a severe sprain, could actually take longer to heal than a break, but if he has been wearing a splint for a week, some of his muscles could be very tight from lack of use, Plus, if he remembers the pain he used to feel on it, then he could be scared. I would let him walk for the 30 secs. or so, then put the splint back on. As far as the ice goes, only do that if it is swollen. If there is no swelling, then heat would be better, because it promotes more blood to flow to the area.

Krissy - posted on 02/11/2011

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yes, sprained ankles can take a while... I sprained two ankles within two weeks of each other, and then re-sprained the first... argh.. don't even ask how I could be so clumsy when I've never sprained an ankle seriously before in my life!



But he's young, so he'll bounce. I'd keep the splint on for a day or two more, encourage him to keep off it, and cool compress (ice, but don't freeze his soft skin)... it for a while on and off... if you have to, bribe him with a popsicle or something to get him to sit still.. or a TV show or something... 10 minutes would be long enough... 15 if the compress isn't that cold.



When you do decide to take the splint off, you can do it for a few hours in the house, but also remember to take it easy for a while afterward.



***oh if he's miserable, feel free to give him a little IBP or non-asprin for the pain, or to get him to sleep better. Elevating it is great, especially at night... if you could get him to sleep with it on a pillow.

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