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Should I take DD to A&E?

(68 Posts)
ShortcutButtons Sun 19-Jun-16 19:53:14

A few hours ago my four year old DD fell off a three foot high wall. It wasn't a very dramatic fall and she landed on her legs but they then buckled. She cried a lot and said her leg hurt but it didn't swell up. Now it's several hours later and she still won't walk on it, says it hurts and keeps crying but it's still not swollen or bruised.

Should I take her for a x-Ray or give her calpol and put her to bed? I am home alone with three children so if we go to A&E I have to take all of them. Added complication is that tomorrow lunchtime DH and I are flying to Venice for 48 hours without the kids so A&E in the morning is almost harder than now.

Is it likely to be broken if it's not bruised, marked or remotely swollen?

JustABigBearAlan Sun 19-Jun-16 19:55:23

If she won't walk on it, then I'd say it's worth getting it checked now.

ineedamoreadultieradult Sun 19-Jun-16 19:56:14

Hard to tell as my 6 year old refuses to weight bear on his leg even for just a scraped knee as he is a complete drama lama. If you think she genuinely can't weight bear then I think A&E would be a good idea.

SecretlycrushingonTomHanks Sun 19-Jun-16 19:56:16

If after all this time she's still crying and complaining about it being sore it must be really sore! I'd take her to A&E. As much as anything else it will give you peace of mind. Imagine if it is broken and you leave her. I really hope she's ok.

Coconutty Sun 19-Jun-16 19:56:46

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Banana99 Sun 19-Jun-16 19:57:13

Yes go! Hopefully they will get you through quick as in the evening with children.

BluePitchFork Sun 19-Jun-16 19:57:19

yes go.
it needs an x-ray.
not all breaks come swelling/bruising and a small child not walking on it after a while is cause for concern.
bring something to read and snacks.
good luck!

poocatcherchampion Sun 19-Jun-16 19:58:04

I basically did this and held out without a&e til 4am.

Twas broken fibula. Little buggery painful bone!

bevelino Sun 19-Jun-16 19:58:30

Shortcut if dd is in pain and unable to weight bear on her legs then please take her to paediatric casualty as that is not normal. They won't mind you taking your other children and I hope all will be well so that you can take your trip.

FlopIsMyParentingGuru Sun 19-Jun-16 19:59:12

I would take her if just to reassure you

TealLove Sun 19-Jun-16 19:59:52

That was quite a fall.
Take her.

AlwaysDancing1234 Sun 19-Jun-16 20:01:28

If she's still in pain and genuinely unable to put weight on it I'd say A&E for an X-ray, small fractures are not always obvious - sorry OP

TroysMammy Sun 19-Jun-16 20:01:53

Your post has made me so cross. Your poor child.

ShortcutButtons Sun 19-Jun-16 20:02:19

I should just add that she an move her foot. But she's definitely in pin, she's not usually one to fuss.

It seems the consensus is clear that I should go. DS (2) has just fallen asleep but I will start packing a bag and then wake him. Only problem is that DD2 will need his buggy as she can't walk so not sure how to get him on the bus.

ShortcutButtons Sun 19-Jun-16 20:03:51

Troys - before you get crosser can I just clarify that she has not been crying all the time since the fall. She's quite happy if sat on the sofa watching tv. Is she had been in constant pain I would have taken her earlier.

HippyHippopotamus Sun 19-Jun-16 20:04:47

Do you have a neighbour you could ask to babysit as an emergency? I know I would if anyone asked me

lljkk Sun 19-Jun-16 20:05:38

Oh nuts, that sucks, is there really no one who can sit with the children while you take the only one who needs seeing to?
Is the person who is minding the kids reliable?
I think I would probably wait until tomorrow.

I am pretty good at sussing out when something is broken vs. bruised, mind. (ample experience)

ineedamoreadultieradult Sun 19-Jun-16 20:06:16

Can you afford a taxi? Can anyone give you a lift or come round to watch the other children?

lljkk Sun 19-Jun-16 20:07:25

Oh fig, you have to take FOUR CHILDREN ON THE BUS? At this hour on a Sunday? Including one who can't/won't walk and at least one in a buggy? Are you sure tomorrow wouldn't be easier?? Will buses even be running at midnight when you might need to return; can you afford a taxi?

Whatthefreakinwhatnow Sun 19-Jun-16 20:09:20

You can't leave it for whoever is babysitting for you to take her, that's massively unreasonable! You will need to take her before you go away, so if that means going tonight then you'll have to suck it up and go.

YouAreMyRain Sun 19-Jun-16 20:11:01

You could book emergency childcare on the internet someone could be there in two hours. They are all police checked and have reviews etc on the website. That way the others would be in bed and you could just take the injured one

hazeyjane Sun 19-Jun-16 20:12:21

I would take her

But you do need a plan for getting back - taxi?

ShortcutButtons Sun 19-Jun-16 20:13:34

OK bags packed and I'm going next door to ask neighbours if they will listen for DS on the monitor. Do you think that's OK
To leave him here alone asleep in his cot with neighbours ready to respond if he cries? I could ask them to sit in here but I fee awful asking as I hardly know them. The wife is a primary teacher though so I know they are responsible.

lljkk Sun 19-Jun-16 20:13:57

Do you have a proper link for that, URMyRain? Bing can't find a website called "internet" and I bet they don't serve many areas anyway

I wonder what they'd cost... £££??

needanewjob Sun 19-Jun-16 20:14:12

Can a friend not give you a lift to the hospital?

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