Six months ago, my then six-year-old son fell off a set of monkey bars at the park and broke his elbow. As soon as I saw it, my nursing instinct said to get him to the emergency room fast as his arm was either dislocated or broken, and we’d need X-rays to tell.
It was, in fact, broken… right at the elbow. In technical terms, the lateral epicondyle of the humerus bone was completely fractured.
He had to be admitted to the children’s hospital and scheduled for surgery as soon as they could get him in. He ended up needing an open reduction surgery because the fractured bone segment was displaced which resulted in three steel pins inserted to hold the bone in place and a temporary cast to be worn for 3-4 weeks.
After surgery, the main concerns were that the bone would fuse back properly and that his growth plate wasn’t damaged. We were given instructions on how to manage the arm and cast at home and when to follow up with his surgeon for regular X-rays to see how the bone was healing.
As a natural-minded parent, I wasn’t thrilled with all the medications and X-rays my kid had received (and would continue to receive), but I recognized that in some situations, those things are necessary and beneficial. Nonetheless, I was determined to take my kid home and do the best I could to support his body during the healing process using herbs and nutritious food.
Today, I’d like to share how I used herbal infusions to support and strengthen his bones as they were mending.