To not take DS to A&E

(179 Posts)
AtSea1979 Tue 06-Sep-16 19:20:19

His teacher said to get it looked at but I doubt they'd do anything.

DS might have broken his finger, it doesn't look bent, it's swollen and sore though, he can't straighten the end joint. I doubt A&E would do anything other than splint it which I can do. AIBU not to take him and sit there for hours?

PotteringAlong Tue 06-Sep-16 19:21:49

Yes. He might have broken his finger and you don't want to waste your time going? Go and let them treat it properly.

Hmmnotkeen Tue 06-Sep-16 19:22:19

You should take him, and I'm not one of those A&E for everything types. Unless you're a medical expert.

Glassofwineneeded Tue 06-Sep-16 19:23:10

Minor injury clinic? I'd get it looked at by a professional. Even if it meant sitting around for a while. Yes you're probably right, not much they can do except strap it up. But I'd still rather a professional made that decision if it were my child.

LolaStarr Tue 06-Sep-16 19:23:21

Seriously? Take him.

Glassofwineneeded Tue 06-Sep-16 19:24:49

Andy if you had taken him straight after school he would have been seen by now and you could have been home, dinner on the table and wine in hand!

Ditsyprint40 Tue 06-Sep-16 19:26:04

To be fair, I regularly advise parents to go to a&e/walk in if child is complaining even if it looks ok - covering our backs. Use your judgement. Having said this, really minor looking injuries often come back as broken!

Scarydinosaurs Tue 06-Sep-16 19:26:17

Minor injuries.

Becca19962014 Tue 06-Sep-16 19:26:22

Fingers are best looked at. I speak from experience - problems left and not sorted can become a bigger problem. Yes they might 'just' splint it, but at least you will know it's been splinted properly.

iwantavuvezela Tue 06-Sep-16 19:26:37

Go to A and E, it is probably broken, they will take an x Ray and be able to tell you. Would you rather be up later today night with a child in pain.
If needed you will also get signed up to see someone in the morning if needed.

Lelloteddy Tue 06-Sep-16 19:29:01

For real?

Lweji Tue 06-Sep-16 19:29:39

Take him.

Becca19962014 Tue 06-Sep-16 19:30:16

I assumed you don't have minor injuries nearby because I don't I'd get it looked at e.g. X-Ray before splinting (assuming you're a medical professional).

newmumwithquestions Tue 06-Sep-16 19:30:49

It's not an emergency and it sounds like you are competent at splinting so I'd agree. Far too many non serious things end up in A&E.
My paranoia would make me go to a drop in minor injury clinic though!

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Tue 06-Sep-16 19:32:07

Take him!

IF they only splint it then that's their decision, you have no idea how bad it is unless you're medically trained so you need to get it checked out.

alfagirl73 Tue 06-Sep-16 19:34:28

Take him; I've seen minor injuries like un-treated broken fingers turn into more significant problems. Not worth the risk.

rosesarered9 Tue 06-Sep-16 19:36:47

It's better for him to go now than have to go through surgery later.

AtSea1979 Tue 06-Sep-16 19:38:46

Blimey I wasn't expecting that response. I doubted they'd even X-ray it and just strap it and send us on our way.

newmumwithquestions Tue 06-Sep-16 19:38:57

Actually I just re-read and you say he can't straighten the end joint. In that case you should get it checked.

emmantfc Tue 06-Sep-16 19:39:06

I've broken a finger twice in the past year as well as a bang on the head (sporting injuries) and all three times was in and out of my local minor injuries unit in under 30 mins! Much better than going to A&E.

MrsBobDylan Tue 06-Sep-16 19:42:32

On behalf of my sil who has two fingers permanently bent and misshapen since breaking them as a child, take him please. My very lovely mil didn't think they were broken eithersad.

AtSea1979 Tue 06-Sep-16 19:43:31

It's not misshapen but struggling to splint as he can't/won't straighten it

ayeokthen Tue 06-Sep-16 19:45:16

I had this debate with my friend the other day. I'm not a "rush to A&E" type of mum, only ever been for stitches (twice) and a head injury. But if you suspect a break/fracture it's best to go. My pal disagreed and left it 2 days and her son has a broken wrist.

ShowOfHands Tue 06-Sep-16 19:46:08

My sil couldn't straighten the end joint of her finger. She needed emergency surgery. She was v surprised. It wasn't broken iirc. It was a tendon injury.

January87 Tue 06-Sep-16 19:46:20

Ehm, then take him to a&e where the professionals will give him some anesthetic so they can straighten it and splint it properly.

Beggars belief really... I can splint it myself, well actually I can't because he can't straighten it out.

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