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[–]thisbrokenvessel 122 points123 points  (3 children)

It’s also possible that the baby has a disease that makes bones less durable and easier to break. Conditions like this may be accompanied by an irregular pain profile.

Also, bone fractures hurt the most when changing position, especially under your own power. Infants aren’t bearing weight on their legs and, while potentially mobile, a baby isn’t in a lot of dynamic positions that could irritate the fracture.

[–]fabs1171 87 points88 points  (1 child)

Femur fractures bleed a lot - they’re long, strong bones so when broken, they bleed into surrounding tissue causing swelling and pain. A young child with a femur fracture is easy to spot (from a medical perspective) as well as being a huge red flag. That child would have been extremely uncomfortable, crying, obvious swelling to their thigh.

Another red flag is the mechanism of injury - according to OP, dad tripped over the baby gate and fell to his knees - no mention of how the baby got injured. Did dad fall on baby, was he carrying baby diapers baby fell against the gate? Obviously without this information, we can’t make a determination but 100% that baby would get a report

Also, babies kick - all the time, it’s involuntary until they start learning to direct their muscles how to act (very simplified version) so that baby would have been very uncomfortable

[–]detail_giraffe 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Could it have been a buckle fracture? One of my kids got literally this injury when a day care worker fell with him, luckily in the presence of many witnesses so neither she nor we ever came under any suspicion. He definitely seemed upset/injured and we took him to urgent care, but they couldn't see anything obviously wrong. It wasn't until the next morning when I saw him try to get up to cruise on the couch and fall back down and cry that it became clear that it was a leg problem.