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Nursemaid's Elbow

Dislocation of the radius bone present in the elbow is called nursemaid's elbow. This condition is very common among children below 5 years of age as their bones and muscles are still in the developing stage. This condition usually occurs when a child is pulled up too hard by the arm, but can also occur due to a fall or swinging your child by the arms.

Some of the symptoms associated with nursemaid's elbow are:

  • Pain in the elbow
  • Your child may hold the elbow close to the abdominal area
  • Movement of your child's elbow is reduced

Initial treatment includes applying ice to the injury and preventing movement of the affected arm. You should see a doctor right away to diagnose and treat the child. Nursemaid's elbow is diagnosed by a physical examination. Your doctor will examine if your child is able to move and bend the elbow.

Treatment involves fixing the dislocation by gently rotating your child's forearms in such a way that the palm faces upwards. Do not attempt this on your own as you could injure the child further. Make sure to seek medical treatment for proper care.

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