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Can a one year old child pull a muscle or strain their leg? my daughter is very active and it pains her too walk? any thoughts?

6 doctors weighed in across 3 answers
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery

When you child of this age i will assume it is fracture till proven otherwise, take x-ray on him to be sure.

Answered Mar 26, 2013



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Dr. Cheryl Coldwater answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Yes, an active child can strain a muscle or sprain an ankle. But she should be checked to make sure there is not a fracture. Many fractures in young children are subtle- just a thin line on the xray- and may not be obvious until a few days after the injury. If she's not putting all of her weight on her leg, see your doctor to check it out.

Answered Feb 28, 2013


Dr. Jeffrey Seiden answered

Specializes in Pediatric Emergency Medicine

If she is not able to put weight on the leg, she needs to have X-rays taken. There are certain fractures, most notably toddlers' fractures of the tibia, that are often diagnosed clinically even if X-rays are normal. These injuries need to be immobilize to ensure proper healing.

Answered May 7, 2015



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