Nursemaid Elbow is a common injury in children. It usually occurs when a child tries to pull away from someone holding their hand or when someone lifts the child by the hands. The injury is due to subluxation ( slight dislocation) of a ligament in the elbow joint. The injury is usually easily fixed, but occasionally requires the attention of a specialist.
What to watch for:
- not using the hand,forearm, or arm
- swelling of the area
- discoloration or bruising of the area
- loss of feeling in hand or forearm
- if your child's injury was reduced (fixed), he/she should have no further problems
- you should be careful not to pull on your child's arms, and it is a good idea to limit use of the arm for a few days
- if we have been unable to reduce the injury, you must see a specialist.
- Observe your child carefully, if she seems to not to be better by the next day follow up with Orthopedic surgeon.
- Avoid lifting your child by the hands or pulling on the hands.
- Do not let your child play on monkey bars, or hang by the hands until cleared by your care provider.
- give Tylenol in the normal dose for any discomfort
- Do NOT lift your child or swing your child by hands, or pull on the hands.