Remedies

Natural Remedies for Broken Bones

Phew! It’s been a rough month for Penelope medically. Is that not the saddest picture you have ever seen? Oh, to see her in a cast, broke my heart.

First, she broke her arm. Then she got diagnosed with mucosa contagiousum and recently a fever that has lasted more than three days. I want to share, in three different posts, what I have done to help treat each issue as naturally as possible and hopefully it helps some of you out there in similar situations.

So for her broken arm:

She had a Buckle fracture in her right radius. I am not even sure exactly how she did got it. None of her falls seemed particularly disastrous, and she falls on a near daily basis. She does seem much more fearless than other toddlers, but her falls still seemed pretty normal to me. Although post arm break, she does fall less, not sure if its from me and Peter making sure we had some sort of hold on her for awhile, no matter where she walked to and constantly saying “watch your feet!” or if she was just going through a clumsy/daredevil stage.

Only when I reached out to grab her hand to put soap in it, and she let out a scream, did I realize something was wrong. Then I noticed that her wrist was swollen. I don’t know how long it was broken before I realized it. The doctor’ seems to think that I caught it within a couple of days if not 24 hours based on the swolleness being an immediate inflammatory response. He also said that kids get this type of fracture all the time from falling down and breaking their fall by falling forward on their arms. He said it often goes undiagnosed and heals on its own.

Now I know to check her arms for swelling after she falls.

Once I noticed the swelling, I immediately packed her into the car and went to the ER. Well, first I had to get gas. I will never let my car go past a quarter tank again. If it had been some sort of real emergency, I would have been up Shit Creek without a paddle.

We got x-rays and that was probably more traumatic then the fall itself. They were forcing her arm to stay still in a position that was obviously painful for her, on top of her being terrified of the huge x-ray machine. Not to mention all the radiation she got from the three x-rays. I also was holding her and there was no way for me to wear the safety jacket thing, and keep her in the correct position, so that sucked too.

She got a  temporary cast and we went to the orthopedic doctor a few days later to get a real cast with a ace bandage for the top cover instead of another layer of cast, so I could remove it for bathing (and for once daily playing in the sand box, shhhhhh).

She kept the cast on for three weeks. Then when she took it off I was instructed to just watch how she was with her arm, if she was using it like normal and putting weight on it. It seems to have healed perfectly.

We didn’t do a follow up x-ray, her ortho doctor said that it wasn’t needed. Thank God. Between her broken arm and her Atlas vertebre issues she had as a newborn, she has had a total of 5 x-rays. Their is a debate whether radiation in your body is cumulative and it never goes away or if you can eliminate through various natural dexox methods. Either way it sucks it was in her little body at all. Can you imagine if we lived in Japan? Sigh.

Anyway, here are the natural rememdies I used to aid the bone healing process:

  • upped her Vitamin D. I gave her a Solaray chewable Vitamin D, in a lemon flavor of 2000 IU every day. I have continued to do this. I have no idea if this is the “correct” amount for a 16 month old, but it felt right in my gut.
  • upped her Vitamin C. Hyland’s makes a dissolvable tablet. I give her this once a day if I remember.
  • I juiced her spinach and pinapple every day for about a week. Usually, I juice every three or four days, but I wanted to make sure she had plenty of perfect, fresh juice and so did I (so she would get in through breast milk). Spinach and other greens are natural chelators.  They bind to anything bad in our bodies and help flush them out. They are also full of B vitamins which help restore cells. It will help her body detox the radiation and the Tylenol I gave her the first couple of days for her pain. Pinapple has something in called bromelian in it, that reduces swelling and inflammation.
  • I rubbed an arnica cream on her arm every time I took the cast off. Later, I found out this is not enough arnica, and the tablets are needed in a case like this.
  • I went to a homeopathic doctor in town and was given a vile of Arnica, Rutta, and Calcarea Phosphorica. He told me to give her arnica until the swelling was gone and then give rutta, and then the Cal/Phos.
  • He said that the arnica would help with the pain and I didn’t need to give her Tylenol anymore. I also gave her some Camomilla to help with the pain as well.

Here is a site that I got some of my information from.

My first thought when Penelope broke her arm is that she had some sort of calcium deficiency and her bones were weak. I still have not gotten her calcium levels checked, because the Acupuncture Dr. I talked to about it, said that if we
ed her while her arm was healing her levels would be off since her body is pulling more calcium to the bone to heal it.
When I was talking to the homeopathic Dr. he told me that Cal/phos is great for all over bone growth and spine development, for hair and nail growth and helps with teething.

Apparently, if you are calcium deficient your teeth can come in slow.

So I might be on to something, Penelope hasn’t gotten any new teeth in a long time and her molars have been huge and swollen but not pushing through for months and months. Now that her cast is off and her arm is healed we have an appointment to check her levels. I will come back and let you know what we found.

If you know of any other remedies, please share and I will add them for future reference. Hope this helps!

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  • Melissa Naasko
    March 28, 2011 at 7:53 PM

    Hi! I am over from Healthy Home Econ. I am a big fan of the Boiron Arnica and keep it in my van, in my bag, in my homeo kit at home. Have you talked to a homeo about using calcerea?

    Forgive me for not knowing, but is this your first child? Falls are pretty common and my uncle, who is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon, says he believes most of these torus fractures are never diagnosed but show up in other X-rays as healed injuries.

    I have ten kids, five of whom are boys, and I hace seen my fair share of casts, staples and stitches. It is so hard but they get on the other side of it all. It's only the begining but the ride is worth it. Hope she feels better soon!

  • eidolons
    March 28, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    I wish we had a homeopatic doctor (not sure our insurance would cover it). My boys' doctor didn't even know what calendula was. :/

  • Monica
    March 29, 2011 at 1:01 AM

    Really great post, Steph! Super informative! I look forward to reading the ones to follow!

    YAY for natural remedies!

  • Stephanie
    March 29, 2011 at 1:28 AM

    @Ubermom…wow, 10 kids! You should get a medal from the government or something, very impressive.
    That is exactly what our ortho dr, said, which made me feel much better. I was beating myself up for not knowing EXACTLY when it happened, and he was look, "most parents don't catch it all, so cut yourself a break (no pun intended!)" And yes, we gave her calcerea as well.
    @eidolons…we went to Dr. Jensen in town. I think he may take some insurance just not ours, of course.
    @Mo..thanks!

  • Linda
    March 22, 2012 at 3:45 AM

    Just wanted to mention a related story. My mom broke her ankle (partial stroke) & the doctor told her to drink PINEAPPLE JUICE (not your normal doctor)..my mom healed very well..she bumped into an older lady who had broke her bones… but had mentioned she was struggling to heal.. mom my told her to drink pineapple juice (unsweetened)…the lady went back to her doctor a short time after that & he said, “OK, what are you doing”! “She was like, “what do you mean”? She had a complete turn around! The doctor now recommends it to his patients!

  • Kate
    June 5, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    i have a question about the low calcium…. got me thinking… my daughter is 7 months old and no tooth, but has been teething ( i swear!!) for months on end. she is exclusively breastfed and so im wondering if im not getting enough calcium, among other things, in my diet for her… any advice?!?! please email me or comment! 🙂 thank you!

    • Stephanie
      June 6, 2012 at 1:34 PM

      I would say go with your gut. What ever you eat is what she eats. It is a misconception that breast milk is perfect. It is only as good as you eat. So if you are deficient in calcium or any other nutrient, your breast milk is deficient.

  • Bev
    January 15, 2015 at 2:09 PM

    I know this post is old, but hopefully this will still help someone. I’m a registered Radiologic Technologist, and there should always be shielding used when anyone other than the patient is in the x-ray room during the exposure. It may take a little more work or time to get things arranged just right, but its unacceptable practice for you to be holding the patient and not be shielded yourself. That’s just not the standard of care, especially when the exam was for a non-life threatening injury. Hopefully there won’t be a next time, but if there is make sure you demand that the tech find a way to shield you. (Reproductive organs of the patient should always be shielded too, unless the shielding would be directly in the way of the imaging, i.e. a pelvis x-ray.)

    http://www.xrayrisk.com is a fantastic resource I refer my patients to so they can better quantify the ESTIMATED radiation dose for a variety of exams. Keep in mind, modern x-ray (and CT) equipment is measuring and adjusting the radiation output in real time based on a variety of factors. For example, a more dense body part (a skull) is going to require more radiation to produce a diagnostic image than a less dense body part (a finger). Density varies greatly from person to person, and the equipment is adjusting for this. So there is very often no clear-cut, “here’s how much radiation you will receive” figure to give to patients before their exam, but this calculator gets very close. And it lets you save and print the estimation for your records, yay!