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14MO trapped fingers!

(15 Posts)
LONC2012 Sat 19-Nov-16 19:17:47

Hi all,
This evening before bath time my extremely hyperactive step daughter slammed the bedroom door with 14month old sons in the door.
He absolutely screamed and was hysterical for quite a while. He started to settle down but was very cautious of his fingers especially his pinky, if he put too much pressure on them he would moan about it.

He has had some ibruprofen and happily gone to bed, we hve decided to wait and see how he gets on and if they are still swollen in the morning then to take them to get checked.
I have attached a photo of his poor fingers! I feel so guilty and wish it was my fingers instead of his.

I am now doubting what we are doing and feel like maybe I should have taken him straight away to get them checked!

StinkyVonWinky Sat 19-Nov-16 19:24:06

Oh the poor little thing! They do look swollen which is always a sign to watch out for, but I think if he is sleeping happily and has taken milk (which from the pic it looks like he has) then leave it until the morning and get them looked at then if you're worried. Definitely get medical attention if he has a temperature or is crying and can't be comforted.

Ringing NHS direct might be useful too (if it still exists in your area?), but they do tend to default to saying go to A and E which I always find alarming!

Hope he feels better soon.

passthewineplz Sat 19-Nov-16 19:25:00

I think he'll wake up after the pain relief has worn off. I'd be inclined at the point to give him a top up and get him checked out when he wakes.

Poor little man, his little finger looks sore.

TheChippendenSpook Sat 19-Nov-16 19:27:36

Just wrote post and lost it!

I had to drop my sister at the walk in centre with my three year old nephew this evening. He too trapped his finger in the door. They have sent him to the hospital to x ray it but he also had a cut on the knuckle.

TheChippendenSpook Sat 19-Nov-16 19:28:46

Forgot to add that I hope he's OK. It really hurts when you trap your finger. My nephew really screamed!

StinkyVonWinky Sat 19-Nov-16 19:29:41

Also, I'd probably keep checking this evening to make sure the swelling isn't increasing.

And make sure you're fit to drive this evening, just in case! chocolate only, no wine winkh

Good luck. Hope he sleeps well and wakes up feeling peachy!

LONC2012 Sat 19-Nov-16 19:31:16

Thank you for you reply, I did consider ringing NHS Direct but I am guessing they would just tell me to give him ibuprofen/paracetamol and take him to A and E.
He was so upset I could have cried with him! He did drink all his milk and fell asleep holding his hand. We are expecting a long night ahead!

They really do look sore. Thank you again for you replies I feel a bit better knowing you would have done the same thing, just felt if I took him to a and e tonight it would be a long wait and we would both be exhausted!

I think I am going to invest in them finger guards for my doors! He caught them in the bit where the door is joined to the frame, my OH said the door was practically shut!!

Slightlyperturbedowlagain Sat 19-Nov-16 19:46:12

I definitely recommend the foam door guards. Cold water can help with swelling and pain initially (for next time!) Probably I would top up pain relief tonight if needed and If they are looking swollen/bruised tomorrow they need to be looked at- 111 will be able to tell you the best place to go locally. It's not really an emergency but may need an x-ray. If there are any minor breaks/cracks they probably won't do much, just keep an eye on it and make sure it's lined up properly to heal. luckily children's bones are quite flexible at that age so hopefully it will be fine anyway. (Obviously any rapid deterioration of his general condition will need medical help, but again it sounds like this would be unlikely) Hope he is feeling better tomorrow.

LONC2012 Sat 19-Nov-16 19:54:01

Okay thank you - I will deffo call 111 first and ask their advice, he has just stirred for the 1st time, I went to check him and tuck him up, I ran my finger on the underside of his bad little finger and it felt hard whereas his good little finger is really soft. OH says it will be all the fluid in there.

I will keep checking him and if he gets worse and stirs more ill ring 111.

Thanks again everyone, I will let you know how he is in the morning! x

rubberballcomebouncingbacktome Sat 19-Nov-16 20:39:37

What about ringing for advise tonight? Just to reassure you and they can sometimes book you in with an OOH appointment for the morning with a set time? But I would probably want to check/chat with someone tonight.

LONC2012 Sun 20-Nov-16 06:50:23

Well he slept okay last night and hasn't moaned about it since waking up.
It's still swollen but he is moving it okay. Think I'll ring 111 for their advice on whether or not they think it should be checked.

isthistoonosy Sun 20-Nov-16 06:57:04

Good it is getting better.
If he will let you a cold compress should still help with the swelling. I'd still get an x-ray though.
Re the doors you could put some bits of wood along the hinge side to stop it from closing, rather than wait to get the guards.

LONC2012 Sun 20-Nov-16 08:26:31

Nhs direct have said that as he can bend and straighten his finger without being in pain that he doesn't need to have them checked.

StinkyVonWinky Sun 20-Nov-16 13:04:07

Thanks for the update LONC, glad things aren't worse and that he can move his fingers ok. hope it all gets better quickly.

TheChippendenSpook Sun 20-Nov-16 16:52:17

That's great news :-)

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