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Would you take my son for xray or cat scan?

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My 11yo got hit by a baseball, a line drive that took a bad bounce. He was playing 3rd base. It smacked his cheekbone right under his eye. He was coming to his knees to catch it when he got hit. Then he fell flat on his face. The coaches were laying down by him and I literally thought he died, and

I ran out there! His face had a large plum size swelling already. We iced it. I took him home to try the urgent care but they were all closed last night.

 

My husband saw it when we got home and thought it was worse than my description. But, he thought it was ok (like the coaches did) bc there wasn't an indentation and he could see fine.

 

Today, his eye is swollen completely shut. His cheek is huge also. There is a tiny dent in the swollen cheek area, but I think it is from the seam of the baseball. He says it hurts to look to the right.

 

Edited for privacy, thanks for the advice!

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Take him to the ER. It should get looked at either way.

Then find out what kind of specialists should see him after for followup

from the ER people.

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If he were my child I'd have the pediatrician take a look. And then go from there with whatever the doc recommended as far as x-rays or other follow up.

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Oh, my gosh, Ellen!

 

What a stressful weekend.

 

I would call the peds office and ask if he should be seen or just sent to a freestanding radiology group for an X-ray or scan.

 

((Hugs)) and congrats on the good stuff.

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Yes, he needs to be seen today. Either ER or doc. It's possible they will refer to a specialist, as it could be an orbital/sinus fracture, which would require a specialized exam and some follow up visits.

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I would go straight to the best ER. I would go now! Any time the eye is completely swollen you need to go, but a baseball to the face would have had my 11 year old there last night. (I do realize your reasons for not going!!!)

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All they did was check his eye movements to make sure his eye muscles were entrapped. They did an eye scan to be his corneas weren't scratched. Not even an xray. They said even if it is a hairline fracture there is no treatment, and they were sure it wasn't a more serious fracture. Ice and advil... it is what my husband though but hewas glad for the reassurance too, especially since we didn't have to wait long in the er.

 

Btw, the ortho doesn't see facial fractures, and our ped recommended er.

Thanks again.

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It's good you went. Now you know and can treat him without worrying about whether or not he's more seriously injured. Sounds scary!!

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My 11yo got hit by a baseball, a line drive that took a bad bounce. He was playing 3rd base. It smacked his cheekbone right under his eye. He was coming to his knees to catch it when he got hit. Then he fell flat on his face. The coaches were laying down by him and I literally thought he died, and

I ran out there! His face had a large plum size swelling already. We iced it. I took him home to try the urgent care but they were all closed last night.

 

My husband saw it when we got home and thought it was worse than my description. But, he thought it was ok (like the coaches did) bc there wasn't an indentation and he could see fine.

 

Today, his eye is swollen completely shut. His cheek is huge also. There is a tiny dent in the swollen cheek area, but I think it is from the seam of the baseball. He says it hurts to look to the right.

 

Edited for privacy, thanks for the advice!

 

 

 

YES! To the ER with you. Not urgent care, they don't have pediatric specialists, or radiologist to read the films.

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I wanted to add that I fell on my face about ten years ago and bruised my orbital bone right below my eye. Even after the black eye went away my cheekbone was tender to touch for almost 2 years. I hope he feels better soon.

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