A Nursemaid elbow is common in children younger than 7 years old. It happens when someone innocently swings a young child by the arms, pull the child’s arm while in a hurry or when the child falls. The forearm bone slips out of place from where it is normally attached to the elbow joint. A six-month-old or younger child suffer this injury when they suddenly roll over onto their arm.
Parents might find it frightening because they find their child suddenly can’t move or use their arms, but do not worry because a nursemaid elbow is usually a temporary condition without permanent consequences and either a doctor or healthcare professional can easily reset the elbow that restores the arm movement.
- Immediate pain in the injured arm
- The child won’t or can’t move the injured arm
- They won’t let other touch their arm
- Protects the injured arm with the other hand
- Avoid pulling or swinging your child by the arms or hands.
- Don’t lift your child up by his or her arms or hands.
- To safely lift your child hold gently under their armpits and pull them upwards.
- Do not pull them towards you whenever they pull you in different direction.
- Always keep an eye to your child in the playground because sometimes children play in monkey bars.