Need your opinions...
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Need your opinions...
DD fell off of something on the playground yesterday. I guess she was climbing up to get on a slide and fell off the ladder backwards and smacked the back of her hand on the ground. She said she didn't cry and that she was fine at the time.
When she got home she complained that her finger hurt a lot. She had her first day of gymnastics yesterday after school. She did a good cartwheel there (they usually are not that good). After the cartwheel she told the teacher that her wrist hurts, so she didn't do much in class after that because her wrist hurt too much. I am not sure if she hurt the wrist at gymnastics or on the playground.
We iced it when we got home, although it didn't look swollen at all.
It still hurt this morning. I had to help her get dressed, which she always does on her own. She asked me to tie her shoes, which she never does, and she even flinched when i put her coat on her.
She just got on the bus a few minutes ago.
Now I really don't think it's broken because of the way she fell and because she didn't even cry when it happened. And knowing her, she would cry. She crys at little things, so i would think she would cry if she broke her wrist.
If you were me, would you take her for an x-ray?
Could you call the school nurse and ask her to take a look at it and get her opinion? That's what I'd do.
Yes take her for an x-ray.
During a basketball game last year my son went up for a shot and one of the kids on the other team tried to block it and hit his wrist when we got home he said it hurt but was not swollen he could move it all directions but one so we went to urgent care just in case and there was a fracture in one of the bones and he was casted for four weeks.
Here's another one, my boss fell about a month ago and he hurt his wrist and his hand was swollen and everything, he let it go and finally went to have it check out and it was broke and is now healing wrong and may have to have surgery.
So, you just never know and it's better safe than sorry.
I definitely would take her to the doctors.
Definitely take her to the doctor and do what the doctor says. As Mary says, better safe than sorry.
From my experience the nurses aren't always right. I would take her to the dr. My DD broke her pinky in Dec and the school nurse told her it was nothing to worry about, but the coach told her it was broken.
And from personal experience with a wrist, I broke mine in 4th grade and didn't cry when it happened. But I remember that it hurt really bad.. I broke it by falling while running backwards in PE. That nurse also said nothing was wrong or that it was just sprained.
I would take her for an x-ray. My dd broke her arm, and we didn't even know it was broken for hours. She didn't cry or anything when she fell. Just a normal fall. But everytime she moved her arm a certain way, she would fuss about it. We took her in, and sure enough, it was broken. It was a pretty serious break too. Right on her growth plate.
I agree with the others. I'd take her for an
Definitely take her in! When I injured my hand around Labor Day, I *knew* it was hurt, but I thought it was just a bad bruise. Then the pain got worse, and I couldn't grip anything. So I went to the ER, thinking it was broken/fractured, and it was actually torn tendons and ligaments. Fractures heal quicker; torn tendons/ligaments take longer AND if not treated, can affect future use of your hand. You don't want to take that chance. Take her in. Good luck!
Absolutely take her in. My 3 year old niece fell into a fence after going down a slide last week. She cried, but not much. The home she was at belonged to an EMT who checked her out right away and didn't think it was broken. It didn't really swell and the little girl acted like it was okay. The next morning it was still hurting, so her mom took her in to get it x-rayed. Sure enough, she had fractured it.
Get it checked out. If it's fine, great. Either way, you won't regret knowing for sure.
Take her for an xray. A couple of years ago my ds fell at school. He couldn't grip anything with his hand. We hemmed and hawed for a few days then took him in. He had a hairline fracture.
On another note a few months later he jumped off the back of dh's truck and hurt his ankle. I took him in for an xray but nothing was broken. At least we knew, right then.
Hope she feels better soon. Let us know how she is doing.
Thanks everyone, i'll take her to the Doctor this afternoon and see what he says. There is an x-ray place in the same building he is in, so if he says to get it x-rayed we can just walk across the hall, which is nice and convenient.
I'll let you know what happens.
I hope she'll be okay, Patti.
I've been meaning to ask you about your mom, too. Is she feeling better? Hopefully she is less depressed and the weather is brighter!
Ditto what everyone else said. That's really the only way you will know if it's broken or not. If it's sprained, then it needs to be in a splint, for just a short time, so it can heal.
In Sept. my DD fell off of a bunkbed at a neighbors' house and when she got home complained about it hurting and it was a little swollen. We iced it and wrapped it in an ace bandage and after an hour or so cried for me to take it off. I sent her to school the next morning and immediately felt guilty so I called and got an appt. and picked her up and took her in. Sure enough it was broken and she had to wear a cast for 5 weeks. I would take her in just to check! Good Luck!
I hope she's okay. Any news yet?