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Broken foot bone in 3 year old? Should there be swelling?

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A paving slab fell on top of DS's foot yesterday, onto the top middle of his foot. This morning he is still limping and when I press the injury area it hurts and he in uncomfortable. However there is no real swelling and only slight bruising (really slight).

I did umm and ahh about taking him in yesterday but thought I would wait and see how he was today but I a no more certain. It's not easy to get the the hospital but if needs be DH can come home.

Is it true that a break would always have swelling and discolouration? Would any harm be caused by waiting a day or two? I wouldn't want to cause more damage by doing so. He is walking but limping and on the side of his foot, IYSWIM?

SoupDragon Mon 02-Mar-09 08:25:10

I think there can be no extrior sign of a break. also, isn't the top of the foot a lots of little bones? I'd take him for a n XRay if it were me.

rubyslippers Mon 02-Mar-09 08:26:00

get him to A & E now

i can't believe you have waited TBH

he needs to get x-rayed to check what has actually happened

it may not be a break but soft tissue damage can be painful and needs to be treated

rubyslippers Mon 02-Mar-09 08:26:33

my step MIL broke a metatarsal and there was minimal swelling

belgo Mon 02-Mar-09 08:27:07

agree totally with rubyslippers.

(btw, how are you rubyslippers? )

Dozymare Mon 02-Mar-09 08:28:00

My DS aged 5 did this last summer. He was looking for creepy crawlies under rocks with his friend, and dropped it on his foot/big toe He cried for about 20 mins, I gave him some calpol and he seemed ok. He was also sort of limping/hopping. Took him to the dr the following day who sent me straight to A+E for an xray - he had broken his big toe!!!!

It wasn't really swollen or bruised at first (Although the toenail went black and fell of later).

I would say get an X-ray!

rubyslippers Mon 02-Mar-09 08:28:33

thanks for remembering Belgo - was a DVT and am at home with leg elevated feeling a tad miserable

SoupDragon Mon 02-Mar-09 08:28:47

Oh, I would have waited til today to see if he was in no great pain.

belgo Mon 02-Mar-09 08:30:10

(it was a DVT?! And they originally diagnosed cellulitis? get well soon!)

Sorry for the hijack but this has been on my mind all week.

rubyslippers Mon 02-Mar-09 08:32:11

<<yes - have found myself a new consultant after this experience>>

belgo Mon 02-Mar-09 08:35:22

(good. I did think the diagnosis of cellulitis was crap inaccurate.

Get well soon.)

Thank you all. ruby you are right I should have taken him. I mistakenly thought that there would be swelling and greater pain if there was a break.

I was unsure as it happened at about 5 yesterday afternoon, so close to bedtime and he was not in awful pain.

Thank you all.

rubyslippers Mon 02-Mar-09 09:19:18

hopefully he will be ok

let us know how he gets on smile

Well, whilst waiting for Dh to get home to take him, he is outside on a scooter hmm

Well thank you all for your help, DS does not have any broken bones, fortunately. He has had an x-ray and everything seems fine. Phew!

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