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DS is 9 1/2 months and is in a leg cast for 4 weeks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> (his tibia (lower leg) has a buckle fracture, very small they say).<br>
DH slipped down the stairs while holding him - it was very traumatic as you can all imagine<br><br>
Does anyone have experience with babies wearing a cast? I really need to hear some positive outcomes - we are so worried about how this will affect his development. When it happened, he was cruising - not yet able to stand fully on his own. So far, he's been surprisingly happy, and is crawling, dragging the cast around. He can't stand up (poor boy) with it.<br><br>
We are so thankful it wasn't worse, but it is so hard for us (esp. DH) to see our little guy like this. Any tips on how to get through the next 4 weeks? Also, anyone have tips on whether a beach trip is do-able? we have one booked for july 4th week. obviously, he can't play in the sand or get it wet - should I put a garbage bag on his leg or just avoid altogether?<br><br>
thanks everyone <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I don't have any experience with any leg casts on little ones, but I do have with arm casts...... specifically with my 15 month old dd who buckle fractured her wrist. I would think that they will keep up with the x-rays every appointment and you may be able to get him out earlier. With my dd she had the cast for 3 weeks, they had originally said that she would need it for 8 weeks and that she might need other support after. We used a homeopathic Calcarea Carbonica, the doctors were impressed with her healing and told us to keep up with whatever we were doing. The orthopedic specialist that we consulted with also mentioned that usually the younger the child is the quicker the healing is. I can say that you most likely will not have the difficulties that we did with regards to the cast, she took hers off 4 times, the first time we were in a store and it was a complete surprise..... she was sitting in the cart and there goes her cast flying across the aisle. I picked her up and got the cast and left, I was a bit disconcerted. Of course it had to be on a Saturday! When we called the ortho, the doctor told us to see if we could cut the cast and slide it on an ace wrap it securely. We finally got it on and she wore it like that until Monday. We go in to the doctor's office and he is surprised that she got the cast off, he puts on a new one while asking if we took it off of her for some reason!!! We go on our way and repeat again....... she takes it off twice more at home and gives it to us, we return and they try various ways of getting the cast on so that she won't take it off, none work. The last time that we are at the doctors she takes the cast off and hands it to him!! So I devise a method of wrapping her arm with sticks-to-itself ace wrap and then slide the cast on and tehn wrap over the cast and duct tape to finish off......not the most attractive cast, but it works. The doctor now uses this as the difficult cast patient procedure, so it did eventually help someone out.<br>
I hope that your ds is feeling better soon, I know that it can be really hard for the parents in these situations. I am not sure about the beach, we didn't really have any experience with sand with Ellie's cast but we did resort to a very well wrapped plastic bag that was taped securely when we gave her baths and it didn't leak.<br>
Are you still nursing? I do remember our ped mentioning that the vitamin d from a well-sunned Mama was very beneficial to our dd's bone healing.<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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thanks so much for the reassuring words!! That is too funny about your little girl taking off her cast!! I know Josh would do the same if he could! Yes, am still BF'ing and I did ask that question yesterday when he got his cast. He was not in the sun at all this winter when he was little little and we were not good at all about giving him his vit D drops (once a month perhaps) so I told him I had major guilt that it was a lack of vit D that made his bones less dense and thereby more likely to fracture (gotta love mother's guilt!). so anyway, he agreed most people are vit D deficient and left it at that! I take supplements but am not in the sun much b/c I work full time, commute, etc. I am now thinking I need to give him vit D . actually maybe I will post a thread on that to find out what is the best way. I hate those trivisol drops which is why I didn't give them!<br><br>
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We use these for giving our baby Vit D: <a href="http://www.ddrops.ca/baby/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.ddrops.ca/baby/index.html</a>. You place one drop on your nipple before breastfeeding and they don't even notice!<br><br>
Our baby was in casts up to her hips for several weeks at 3 months for a congenital defect. She was ok until a couple weeks in, when she grew so much that her legs were quite compressed. I ended up taking the casts off a bit early. We put a sock over her casts at the beach (it breaths unlike a bag).
 

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thanks so much . I just ordered those vit D drops/ what a fabulous idea and I only wish I had used them before - maybe then he wouldn't have fractured. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br>
What a scary thing to have compression. I worry about that with DS b/c he has huge chunky thighs but they told me it should be fine.
 

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Oh wow, I am so sorry you are having to go thru all of this! How terrifying. I hope he heals quick. Luckily, kids are so resilient.<br><br>
I would take him to the beach! You could wear him if he doesn't mind it.
 

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thanks! I did think about wearing him but I don't know how the cast would do in the ones I have (I use connecta a lot, but have a BH and maya RS and wrap). I'll have to try it, thanks!
 

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Hi again,<br>
I would think that the wrap would be a good bet for wearing him. A very close friend's dd has congenital hip dysplasia and she wore the babe for the entire 3 months that she had to wear the braces, it was a bit awkward for her at first but the little one was so much happier being held. I don't think that you had anything to do with his break, it happens and I would put that guilt away( I know not too easy, huh, my youngest is chronically ill and I still blame myself)<br>
I would make sure that he gets into the sun for a good amount of time everyday and I would look into supplements and vitamins that help the absorbtion of D, because in most cases the artificial supplements are hard for the body to absorb properly.<br>
I hope that you are feeling better soon.......I know that this sounds a bit snarky but it will pass soon, I promise.<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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DS was diagnosed with Hip Dysplasia at 6 months. After a month of harnessing didn't work, he had surgery and was placed in a spica cast for 3 months. So, from 8 months to 11 months, DS was casted from ankles to chest, flat like a piece of toast <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
He had to go through 7 months of physical therapy, but he couldn't even roll over or sit up in his cast, so I'm sure it's a much more extreme case. After that, he was absolutely fine, wouldn't even know he had been in a cast or that he had hip problems. Sounds like your LO will be just fine, especially since he's still mobile.<br><br>
Good luck!
 
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