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i cant figure out what is wrong with my 15 month old! **update in red**

Posted by on May. 24, 2009 at 1:47 AM
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yesterday (friday) about 4pm i noticed that my 15 month old daughter started limping on her right leg. i had to go to school at 530 so i told my mil to keep an eye on her.. when i picked her up at 930 my mil said she was still doing it and didnt really wana play and she sat on the couch most of the time..
so we woke up this morning and she is still limping.. (well its more like she tries to hurry up and go back to her left leg and tries not to put weight on her right) so i took her to urgent care and they couldnt find anything wrong.. i looked myself over 10 times and there is nothing visually wrong (no blister, no splinter, no bruises) so they took x rays and still didnt see anything abnormal..
so now im sitting here trying to figure out why she is walking like that and i have to wait till tues. to take her to her pediatrician.. she doesntg cry or anything when you touch it or when she walks on it but i still would like to know whats wrong. :(

Well its been a day or two since i wrote this.. but i just wanted to give an update... she is doing much better and still walks a little funny but it seems to be going away.. (shes starting to run again) i also just wanted to thank everyone for their replies! :)

      

by on May. 24, 2009 at 1:47 AM
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MotherLady
by Bronze Member on May. 24, 2009 at 1:58 AM

Is it possible she simply saw someone walking this way and is doing it to imitate them? Maybe on television or at the park or something? She may simply be doing it because it's fun? Meanwhile, have you asked her if it hurts? Or where it hurts?  At fiteen months she should be able to communicate with you about pain. 

Other than that I'd say just take her to the doctor on tuesday and watch it until then. If she doesn't seem to be in too much pain, don't give her any painkillers or anything. It's likely something small.

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tyra618
by on May. 24, 2009 at 2:01 AM

Could she have slept on it wrong or it could be growing pains.  Or shin splints.  or low potassium.  If she has low potassium give her sweet potatoes, banana's and Gatorade.  That will help that.  (I have low potassium spells and get shin splints because of it Very painful and uncomfortable to walk because of it).  Good luck.


soleismommy
by on May. 24, 2009 at 2:04 AM

i thought of this (her seeing someone do it) but i would think that its been 2 days and she would have forgotten about it.. i ask her if it hurts but she just says "yea" to everything.. the doctor was touching her foot and she kept saying "ouch" but she says that when she doesnt want you to touch her.. she didnt say it when i put pressure on her foot.. so im just confused. i havent given her any medicine though.. i usually dont like to unless i really have to..

Quoting MotherLady:

Is it possible she simply saw someone walking this way and is doing it to imitate them? Maybe on television or at the park or something? She may simply be doing it because it's fun? Meanwhile, have you asked her if it hurts? Or where it hurts?  At fiteen months she should be able to communicate with you about pain. 

Other than that I'd say just take her to the doctor on tuesday and watch it until then. If she doesn't seem to be in too much pain, don't give her any painkillers or anything. It's likely something small.


      

soleismommy
by on May. 24, 2009 at 2:06 AM

oh ok thank you.. :)

Quoting tyra618:

Could she have slept on it wrong or it could be growing pains.  Or shin splints.  or low potassium.  If she has low potassium give her sweet potatoes, banana's and Gatorade.  That will help that.  (I have low potassium spells and get shin splints because of it Very painful and uncomfortable to walk because of it).  Good luck.


      

Mommy2Munchkins
by on May. 24, 2009 at 2:10 AM

I have a friend who's child limps bc the muscles in her leg are too tight. But I wouldn't think this is your case seeing as how she has had no problems before.

I am willing to bet, she pulled a muscle getting up or down somewhere real quick and it's just sore.  

jacy3031
by on May. 24, 2009 at 2:11 AM

The only thing I can think of is that maybe her leg hurts higher up, maybe on her thigh? I don't know.  Hopefully it will go away in a day or two.  Sorry I couldn't be more help.

Mommy2Munchkins
by on May. 24, 2009 at 2:14 AM

From the AAP website....

 

My son seems to be limping. Should I call my pediatrician?

Limping in a child can be caused by something as simple as a stone in the shoe, a blister on the foot, or a pulled muscle. But a limp also can be a sign of more serious trouble, such as a broken bone or an infection, so it should be investigated early to make sure no serious problems are present.

Some children limp when they first learn how to walk. Among the causes of early limping are neurological damage (e.g., cerebral palsy). Any limp at this age needs to be investigated as soon as possible, since the longer it goes untreated, the more difficult it may be to correct. Once walking is well established, significant sudden limping usually indicates one of several conditions:

  • A "toddler" fracture
  • Hip injury or inflammation (synovitis)
  • Previously undiagnosed developmental dysplasia (abnormal development) of the hip (DDH)
  • Infection in the bone or joint

Fractures

A toddler fracture is a so-called spiral fracture of the tibia (the leg bone extending from the knee to the ankle) that can occur with minor accidents such as a slip on a newly waxed floor or a jump from a porch step or swing. The bone fracture itself occurs in a spiral or twisted pattern. Sometimes the child can explain how the injury occurred, but youngsters do so many things in one day that they may have difficulty recalling exactly what happened. Sometimes an older sibling or babysitter can solve the mystery.

Infection

Hip problems that cause a limp at this age usually are due to a viral joint infection and need to be brought to the attention of your pediatrician. When a child has an infection in the bone or joint, there usually is fever, swelling of the joint, and redness. If the infection is in the hip joint, the child will hold her leg flexed or bent at the hip and be extremely irritable and unwilling to move the hip and leg in any direction.

Hip problems

Sometimes a child is born with a dislocated hip (DDH) that, in rare cases, goes undetected until she starts to walk. As one leg is shorter than the other, the child will walk with an obvious limp, which will be persistent.

Treatment

If you know that your child's limp is due to a minor injury, such as a blister, cut, splinter in the foot, or mild sprain, you can apply simple first-aid treatment at home. However, most other causes need to be examined and treated by a physician.

If your child has just started walking and is limping, the pediatrician should see her as soon as possible. Calls about limping in an older child may be delayed for twenty-four hours, since many of these problems disappear overnight.

X rays of the hip or the entire leg may be necessary to make the diagnosis. This is most certainly true if there is a suspicion of developmental dysplasia of the hip. Depending on the diagnosis, the following treatments may be necessary:

  • If an infection is present, antibiotics will be started immediately. The IV antibiotics get a much higher dose to the infection. (Hospitalization is required if the infection is in the joint or bone.)
  • If a bone is broken or dislocated, it will be placed in a splint or cast, probably after consultation with a pediatric orthopedic specialist.
  • If a congenital dislocated hip is diagnosed, you will be referred immediately to a pediatric orthopedist, as proper treatment, including special casting and/or bracing, should not be delayed
MrsThomas55
by on May. 24, 2009 at 2:15 AM

I cannot think of any reason why she would be doing that! I'm sorry Momma but here is a bump for you.. Keep us updated.. I'm really curious now!


Tigger9406
by on May. 24, 2009 at 2:20 AM

I agree with tyra.  Try giving her a banana, her potassium level may be low.  I know for me when mine gets low, I get cramps in my legs.  The only time I get the cramps is if I am laying in bed and stretch them just right.  The only way I can get rid of them is by putting weight on it.

Good Luck!

Quoting tyra618:

Could she have slept on it wrong or it could be growing pains.  Or shin splints.  or low potassium.  If she has low potassium give her sweet potatoes, banana's and Gatorade.  That will help that.  (I have low potassium spells and get shin splints because of it Very painful and uncomfortable to walk because of it).  Good luck.


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