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#1 of 4 Old 02-26-2003, 07:52 PM - Thread Starter
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My poor little girl broke her foot five days ago, in two places, and is in a plaster cast to her knee.

She's coping fairly well, although she's still in shock and wanting to go over and over what happened, talking about it all the time, which I guess is a good thing.

However, she's really having problems sleeping, I'm giving her Tylenol before bed, as I can't bear to hear her cry and she needs to sleep, but any ideas of anything else to help her? The doctor suggested Benadryl (sp?) for bedtime in case it's itching that is keeping her awake. The main problem is getting off to sleep - she's soooo tired but unable to sleep, I can keep her asleep by rubbing her back etc once she's asleep, but it's taking hours to get her off to sleep in the first place.

Any suggestions welcomed, or if not, just some sympathy.

Also, any book recommendations with characters in them with plaster? She is finding it hard to understand that the foot isn't 'broken' for good and will mend.
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No real advice just cyber empathy...

Sounds hard, but as the saying goes.. This too shall pass...

My ds had to have his forehead glued back together after ds1 threw a block at him.. DS1 (who threw the block) still talks about it too this day... Well it only happened a couple of months ago, but that's quite awhile for a 4 year old i think..

Hope everyone sleeps well, and feels better soon..

Warm Squishy Feelings...


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Oh, I'm so sorry.

Here is some homeopathic info on fractures (does include some of the mental picture)

BUT especially read this webpage - came out after 9/11 but VERY VALUABle for any kind of stress or trauma - see which one fits her

May want to give just one 30C of Aconite and see........that is really helpful in sudden shock, trauma, etc. Or read the part on Pulsatilla and see if that fits - again 30C

Choose the right remedy and YOU WILL BE amazed at the difference. Just helps her move on.........
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My Meredith had to wear a cast for a period of time. She fractured her leg when sliding with her daddy. Her rubber sole got caught on the plastic on the slide and her body went, but her leg stayed!

We had problems with sleep too, so we started reading books, singing and, in general . . . trying to really tire her out before putting her down. To our advantage, she's always been a hard sleeper.

We also let her color her cast or do whatever to it after the first night. It made it 'her' cast . . . even though it was already the pink color she had picked out.

Maybe pics of another toddler in a cast would show her it happens to other kids:

Here you go:
Meredith in Cast 1
Meredith in Cast 2
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