Childhood Diseases

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Posted by: Amber | 2012-11-16

Q.

Baby with fractured elbow

My 9.5 month old came home from daycare with a sore arm. turns out her elbow is fractured and we are devastated especially as we have no answers. Daycare says she didn''t fall there and she definitely didn''t fall at home. I don''t know whether to take her out the daycare or not and mess up her routine and get her used to new people as she is very anti-strangers lately. We were so close to getting her to crawl and now she has a sling for 3 weeks. I''m concerned that this is going to delay her development and I don''t know what to do with her for the next 3 weeks as we can''t do any tummy time. Do we just practice standing with her? She is not very strong in this department and her legs give way after a few minutes. I don''t want to put her in a walking ring if that will delay her development even further and even sitting makes me nervous in case she falls over.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

I am afraid that you are going to have to take your baby's injury very seriously. Babies just do not come home from creche with a broken elbow. Either she fell or was picked up so forcefully by her arm that she has developed this fracture.She is too young to be walking yet,so how did she or how could she have fallen? It is very likely that she was picked up so roughly and forcibly by her arm that it was fractured. You will have to take her out of the creche immediately. Take her to your paediatrician for a full examination as she may have other injuries as well. You and/or the paediatrician will need to contact social services about this. It is very likely that your will have to lay a charge of child abuse against the creche.Your baby was due to start crawling soon. Fortunately this fracture should heal quite quickly over the next 3 weeks or so. So she will not be much delayed if at all. She is only due to walk at around 13 months so there is no concern about this now. You have enough to worry about already.<br>Her fracture must be treated by an orthopaedic specialist preferably a paediatric orthopaedic specialist

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