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A Toddler's Fracture

By Naomi Odes |

toddler's fracture x-ray

Not Fuzz, but this is what it would look like

Wasn’t I just touting how to exercise your active toddler? With activity comes accidents, especially for people who are new to the world of movement. My toddler had one yesterday.

Fuzz was going down the slide at the park with my neighbor and our wonderful nanny (also my neighbor’s neice). The two of them anchored the slide at the top and the bottom while he went down. Unfortunately, in that one area where they had no control, something happened.

The rubber sole of his shoe hooked onto the side of the slide but the rest of his body kept going and he did a 180 of sorts.

The part of the shoe that was supposed to keep him from slipping while running and playing actually failed him in this moment.

Once he recovered from the initial freak-out, they were able to go over his body to see what was what.  He could bend everything fine without any pain. His joints all seemed in the right spots…but…

He couldn’t walk.

However, there was no swelling, and no evidence of anything broken. He wasn’t crying, except when he tried to take a few steps and couldn’t. Obviously, that was the only time it hurt, plus the dude is obviously frustrated.

So, today, we brought him in for an X-ray.  The Pediatric Orthopedist said that it could be a Toddler’s Fracture, which occurs in the tibia, and is often really hard to see, even with an X-ray. A toddler’s fracture can heal on it’s own, but sometimes can require a cast for several weeks. The thought of Fuzz in a cast is kind of bumming me out, but the doctor says it will actually help him walk.

He couldn’t find anything in the X-ray. As I said above, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a toddler’s fracture, or it might be a strained muscle. Luckily, his knees, hips and ankles are all perfectly fine.  We just have to watch him for the next several days and if he gets worse, Fuzz might get a cast on Monday.

Anyone else’s baby have a playground accident? Any words of wisdom for me?

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6 thoughts on “A Toddler's Fracture

  1. Danielle says:

    Oh man, I’m sorry. When Maddy was about this age, she pulled a dresser drawer all the way out and it landed on her foot. She also couldn’t walk for about an hour, but then it magically went away, thank God. I hope he’s OK.

    1. Naomi says:

      He’s doing a lot better, Danielle, thanks! He even started walking again this morning, but it was scary that he spent almost 2 days not walking. He wasn’t the same Fuzzball.

  2. KaliLove says:

    Little J got a toddler fracture when he was one and a half. His fracture did show on xrays and we were referred to the local childrens hospital’s othro unit.

    J was in a cast for 6 weeks. He picked out a bright orange one, and we splurged for the water proof cast so we could still give him a bath without any fuss. It was a huge pain in the ass, and he was miserable. But after the cast came off he was given a clean bill of heath and he’s had no residual problems. He’s growing like a weed, but I’ve noticed that he’s not that big of a climber like his other little friends. He’s very cautious with his movements and won’t climb unless somebody is RIGHT there with him.

  3. Andi says:

    My 18 month old son was hurt the same way. He was in his cast for 4 week. The cast did not slow him down at all.

  4. Karen says:

    I’m guessing you won’t agree with the part that says “this fracture is entirely preventable.”

    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/23/a-surprising-risk-for-toddlers-at-playground-slides/

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