How to cope when your 18 month old breaks his leg!

How to cope when your 18 month old breaks his leg!

Well, most of you know Daniel broke his leg just over 3 weeks ago now. It was a simple fall off a garden swing onto grass, I was with him and watched him do it, I was just about to get him off. He cried but didn’t stop, even when I gave him the boob – I knew it was serious then! I took off his shoes and socks, nothing obvious, but he wouldn’t put weight on it and kept crying. I decided to drive him to the local hospital, I left the other children with my friend, we were planning on having a nice day together! He screamed the whole way, I felt awful and almost pulled over and called an ambulance, but decided to keep going. When we got there we were told it shouldn’t be long to see the triage nurse. I thought if he screams the whole time we might get seen sooner! After about 10 minutes he fell asleep. He slept for over an hour, we got seen (after an hour) but she couldn’t assess anything much when he was asleep, she referred us to the emergency nurse practitioner – another wait. I was starving, I phoned my Mum who lives near the hospital and she came with provisions. I waited another hour or so and then got seen, she poked around and he cried when she poked just above his foot at the front and ordered an X-ray. Once he woke up he didn’t seem in pain but still wouldn’t walk on it. Another wait in X-ray, he just lay on the bed, was very good. Once we went back, the X-ray was immediately on the screen for the nurse and she told me he’d broken his leg. I was shocked that such a small fall onto a soft-ish surface had done this, but not altogether surprised considering how he was acting with it. I’d been in contact with DH during the waiting, he was beside himself but I knew there was no point in him coming home from work to sit and wait with me. He was devastated, 2 years ago he broke his acetabelum, the hip socket bone, and he needed metal work and surgery, and was off his feet for 3 months, so the thought of his baby going through something similar was awful for him. It’s a clean break, Daniel fractured his tibia, and should heal with no lasting damage. They told me he’d be in plaster for 6 weeks! No baths, swimming, buggy and carry everywhere, NO NURSERY…. Aaaarrrggghhh!¬†They plastered him up, he just lay there, very accepting. I’m so proud of him being so brave.

How to cope when your 18 month old breaks his leg

I did wonder if we had to cut his shorts off – we didn’t!

He clung to me for a couple of days understandably, and the first night was hard, we had calpol and ibuprofen for him and I went back to feeding at night again. (I’d only not long night weaned). I started thinking about stationary activities for him, got some really good suggestions – lots of sorting play, introducing simple tablet games (been avoiding it as I don’t want to introduce it too young), simple crafts, surrounding him with toys.

How to cope when your 18 month old breaks his leg

Turns out I didn’t need to worry really…

After a couple of days he discovered he could bum shuffle, then crawl and pull up on the sofa, and after a week or so he was walking! We had the ‘permanent’ plaster put on after 2 days and then there was no stopping him really. I’d kind of hoped it might slow him down a bit, but no, he’s into as much mischief as usual, which is reassuring. He had a week off nursery and then was back, they had no qualms in taking him. The others have drawn on his cast, it’s practically worn out on the sole and absolutely filthy! He goes outside, he runs, dances and generally gives everyone a heart attack who looks after him. God help us when it comes off.

How to cope when your 18 month old breaks his leg

We even managed to do this fashion shoot for Octer, who had gifted us these gorgeous trousers by House of Fraser, I think he completely still rocks it even with a broken leg! They will look super cool when the cast comes off, I love the fit of them, the style is funky with a pirate-y sailor theme and contrasting red strings. It’s 100% organic cotton too, lovely and soft for him, they suit his adventurous personality down to the ground. Octer are a shopping website that is a unique marketplace of the biggest UK stores where you can shop departments or shop by store, you can shop your favourites or find a hidden gem that you wouldn’t have considered before. You can find his super cool Desigual trousers here.

How to cope when your 18 month old breaks his leg

How to cope when your 18 month old breaks his leg

I’ve given him a couple of lean over the bath hair washes, he’s had sponge baths and hand washes, but it will be so nice to give him a bath when it comes off, he’s getting a bit clammy and smelly! It’s coming off on Thursday, in 2 days, sooner than originally forecast, it’ll be 3.5 weeks in all, they like to project the worst case scenario originally. So, all in all not as bad as I thought at first, I think because he’s so young, he doesn’t know any different, if it was me I’d be laid on the sofa the entire time demanding grapes (mostly in wine format) and box sets, but a toddler doesn’t let a little thing like a broken leg get in the way of a boy and his trampoline. Love this boy.

How to cope when your 18 month old breaks his leg

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6 Comments

  1. June 28, 2016 / 7:38 pm

    Aww poor l8ttle love. We thought my 3 yr old had broken his leg the other day. Thankfully he hadnt but I was wondering how they adapt to a cast.

    • Midwife and Life
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      June 29, 2016 / 9:33 pm

      Phew, close call!

  2. June 29, 2016 / 7:20 pm

    What a brave little boy . It’s amazing how little ones can adapt to things so easily #stickyfingers

    • Midwife and Life
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      June 29, 2016 / 7:43 pm

      Thank you, it comes off tomorrow I can’t wait!

  3. June 29, 2016 / 9:21 pm

    Ah this brought so many memories back. Athena broke her leg at 15 months, she was in plaster for about a month and it delayed her walking as at that point she hadn’t learnt to walk but thankfully she was walking by the time her brother arrived at just short of 20 months. It was the worst time in my life as a parent. Awful. Glad he’s getting on ok with it x
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    • Midwife and Life
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      June 29, 2016 / 9:32 pm

      It’s horrible seeing them in pain and incapacitated isn’t it? I can’t believe how common it is after talking to so many parents who’ve been in the same situation! It’s been hard but not as bad as I originally thought – we’ll see tomorrow when it comes off!

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