normal reaction?

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normal reaction?

Noelle had 2 shots yesterday in her thigh. This morning, she has been having a really hard time walking. Sad She's pretty tough and actually hasn't complained at all, but pointed to both her knee and her thigh when I asked her where her ouchie was.

The thing that complicates things is that she hurt her knee jumping Friday night - we think maybe she hyper-extended it, and her pedi checked it out yesterday and thought it was fine, just sore. She's been limping a little, but hasn't complained otherwise. But today is BAD. She's limping heavily and has almost fallen a few times trying to avoid putting weight on it. If I was brighter, I would have had them give her the shots in the OTHER leg. :roll:

Does this sound like a normal reaction to shots?? I have a call in to her pedi, but this just doesn't seem right. The confusing thing is that she points to both her knee and her thigh when I ask her where it hurts. :/

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Joey got shots at his 5 year check up. He refused to walk the rest of that day and then for the next couple days he was limping around. I think he was being a bit dramatic, but it definately hurt. But I would be worried about her knee too. I guess if it doesn't start getting better, then have it checked out again?

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i have a friend who's son did the same as joey.....i don't remember at what age...may have been his 5 year too but i don't remember....it really freaked her out cause he actually acted like he really couldn't walk...not that it hurt just that he couldn't do it.....but they said it was a reaction to his shots and he was fine a day or 2 later!!!! poor noelle!!!

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We haven't really experienced anything like that.
It is confusing that she points to her knee. KUP!

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1. I remember my pedi saying that 2 shots usually hurt more because they usually flinch for the 2nd shot and then the "hole" is a big bigger (for lack of a better description). So it usually does hurt more.

2. Miles was sick like 3 weeks ago and he's STILL telling me that his throat and head and tummy hurt. I feel like he just latched onto that because he knew it got him attention in some ways (though he's not doing it for attention, YKWIM).

Good luck!!

I'd give it another day or so and see how she is. But try to keep her low key.

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Have you tried giving her something for it? Putting it on heat or ice (real simple for a 3 yr old right?)

cheyenne hurt her a leg earlier last year and wouldnt walk on it much for weeks. We had to carry her EVERYWHERE.

also, they are also starting the age of over dramatic reactions on their part.

If she has an injury and shots on the same leg and doesnt act any better after giving her something, I suggest watching her for another day.

Does her leg feel warm to the touch?

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Jax's last shots were given in the arm, just for this reason. I remember the nurse asking me which place I'd rather have her give them. I commented I had no idea I had a choice, and she said he had enough 'meat' on his arm to give it there and it would bother him less than if it was given in the thigh. She told me then that toddlers had a hard time with the thighs since they were now walking all the time and the muscle would stay sore for a few days.

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I remember getting a shot in the thigh as a small child and having a very painful experience for a few days later. I remember limping down the hall in the morning, dragging my body to watch morning cartoons. Funny the things that stay with you...I think I was 4?

I have been told it's normal. If it were to get worse, I'd be concerned.

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"kristimcw" wrote:

Have you tried giving her something for it? Putting it on heat or ice (real simple for a 3 yr old right?)

cheyenne hurt her a leg earlier last year and wouldnt walk on it much for weeks. We had to carry her EVERYWHERE.

also, they are also starting the age of over dramatic reactions on their part.

If she has an injury and shots on the same leg and doesnt act any better after giving her something, I suggest watching her for another day.

Does her leg feel warm to the touch?

yes, she can be quite the drama queen, but not generally about physical pain. i don't know how she got so tough with such a wimpy mother. lol but she hasn't mentioned it at all or anything. if she wasn't limping and clearly in pain, i wouldn't have even known to ask her. a few weeks ago, she cut her finger on a thorn in a rosebush before i could stop her and she didn't cry or anything. in fact, i didn't even realize she had broken skin until later.

"luangwa" wrote:

Jax's last shots were given in the arm, just for this reason. I remember the nurse asking me which place I'd rather have her give them. I commented I had no idea I had a choice, and she said he had enough 'meat' on his arm to give it there and it would bother him less than if it was given in the thigh. She told me then that toddlers had a hard time with the thighs since they were now walking all the time and the muscle would stay sore for a few days.

grrrr. the nurse asked me where i wanted her to have the shot, and i had no clue which would be better. Sad in hindsight, obviously we like walking and you don't need your arms to walk. :roll: i wish she had said something like what your nurse told you...

when i got the call back, they said to give her some ibuprofen and watch her for an hour. i hadn't given her anything because they say not to anymore because of reducing effectiveness of vaccines or something, but these vaxes aren't the most important, anyway. she did better after an hour, but is still heavily favoring her left leg. i feel so bad for her, i hate to see her in pain - esp when she's being so brave about it. maybe she'll feel better when she gets up from her nap.

thanks, everyone!

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"luangwa" wrote:

Jax's last shots were given in the arm, just for this reason. I remember the nurse asking me which place I'd rather have her give them. I commented I had no idea I had a choice, and she said he had enough 'meat' on his arm to give it there and it would bother him less than if it was given in the thigh. She told me then that toddlers had a hard time with the thighs since they were now walking all the time and the muscle would stay sore for a few days.

I think they've just automatically done Miles in the arm since he started walking - unless he needed so many that they used each appendage, lol.

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Landon had a shot yesterday did fine all morning, after nap he limped. He couldn't sit, he couldn't walk and had the greatest limp! I am sure it was so sore, but he made it as dramatic as possible lol (I even had to help him pull down his pants :rolleyes:)

He got over it today thankfully, but he said it still hurt a little

hope she feels better soon!

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I remember getting my kindergarden shots and not being able to ride my bike afterwards (from the pain) and being devastated. One of the few things I remember from living at our old house, we moved before my 5th birthday.

I think the muscle is sore. For anyone we limb or favor things when we hurt.

I do think its normal, but keep an eye on it to get worse or for swelling/redness/something obviously seriously wrong.

Feel better, Noelle!!

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Poor thing. Hope she's better tomorrow! Delaney didn't get shots at her appointment. Hmmm?

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How is Noelle doing today???