I just wanted to update everyone on my infant who was born with a broken collarbone. Here’s a little refresher- when she was 3 months old, we found out that the cause of her discomfort and frequent crying was due to a fractured collarbone. We noticed that although she was holding her head up, she always leaned to one side. When we took her to the doctor, we did not anticipate her diagnosis to be a fractured bone..
So, we took her to another doctor because apparently, children with fractured collarbones do not need physical therapy to heal. The bone heals on it’s own. They don’t wear slings, and they may not even get an x-ray. I later learned that chest x-rays in infants have lead to blood disorders and leukemia later on in life, so since there was nothing we could do about her injury anyway, we decided it was best to forgo the x-ray. The orthopedic surgeon confirmed her clavicle was fractured and told us the same thing her pediatrician said – give it time.
This is the baby that was born with a fractured collarbone. She has been independent since she was a month old – rolling so much, we couldn’t leave her on the bed alone. At 5 months she was sitting, and at 7 months she was standing. By 10 months (shown above) she started taking her first steps.
Don’t get discouraged if you find out your baby was born with a fractured clavicle. When I first found out, I thought it would mean months of physical therapy, and a baby who would be delayed on some motor skills. I was wrong! My little girl had more body strength than my first baby, who was born “normal.” Although she was visibly uncomfortable in certain positions, she was not held back, and has had a full recovery. She was not delayed in any way, and shows no signs of having an injury months ago.