S.O. asks from Fort Lauderdale, FL on July 24, 2008
Broken Leg - 22 Month Old
OK so I went to the park today, I was there for 5 mins, my 5 month old was crying and I as I turned to pick him up my 23 month went splat on the floor as he was climbing.. I called 911 as I knew something was wrong and he screamed for an hour, had the X-ray at ER and he has two factures in his tibia.. so anyone have any advice or tips to entertain a 22 month and keep him off his leg!! and any experience with broken legs in kids/.. any help / advice Thanks
J.K. answers from Miami on July 25, 2008
The best advise is to put him in a stoller and get out for walks, malls, seaquarium, museums.
I feel for you since it's not an easy age to keep him still. The good thing is that they usually heal very quickly at this age. Wish I could do more for you.
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C.P. answers from Miami on July 26, 2008
oh dear, poor baby. I hope he heals soon. I just have some dietary advice (my daughter broke her left arm a couple of years ago) anyways, I found out that silica helps the bones absorb calcium and oats are rich in silica. so, cherioos are a great source of oats. oatmeal for breakfast... etc. also make sure he gets plenty of vitamin C and if you won't be outside much, make sure he's getting enough vitamin D. (and calcium --of course... =)Good luck and a prompt recovery.
S.S. answers from Miami on July 24, 2008
I feel for you. Something that you might want to try if you are up to it. Get some brown paper bags from the grocery store and cut them open and lay them out on the table and let him finger paint, play with play doh, draw with washable markers anything to that effect. I don't have any experience with broken bones thank god. My boys seem to be lucky in that aspect (knock on wood)! Anything to keep his little hands busy is always good.
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K.H. answers from Miami on July 26, 2008
I unfortunately experienced something very similar recently. My son was going down the slide and a larger child who did not wait his turn came right behind him. The sole of his shoe got stuck on the side of the slide as he was coming down and was further lodged when the older child came down on top of him. He suffered a spiral fracture to the tibia. This may be a little different since he was 2 1/2 at the time and your son is not yet 2. We set him up with a couple of stations- one in the living room and one in his room. We have a breakfast in bed tray we used and a cushion with arms (sold in bed bath and beyond about $19) to keep him comfy. Gave him crayons and his favorite character coloring book, practiced flashcards (number recognition), colored, played with play dough, sat him near his blocks and allowed him to do as much as he possibly could. I allowed him to put on his clothes as best as he could. His sister was also old enough to entertain him while I was preparing food. Since his cast was thigh high, it was difficult for him to walk at first, but nothing keeps an active boy down. We also taught him to scoot around on his bottom to get around short distances. He was up and running again by the next week. And of course there's always videos. You can also try crafts found online. If he is usually too active to participate in those activities, this would be the perfect time to introduce some other things you've been wanting to try. Hope this helps.