(Nursemaid’s Elbow; Radial Head Subluxation; Partially Dislocated Elbow)
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- Pulling a child up by the hands
- Swinging a child by their arms
- Jerking a child’s arm
- Breaking a fall with the arm
- Rolling over in an awkward way
- Pain at elbow right after pulling or trauma to elbow
- Child refuses to use arm
- Arm is kept close to child’s side
- Child resists straightening the arm
- Medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
- Sling to rest the elbow for a few days
- Applying ice to the elbow
- Avoid jerking or tugging your child’s arm
- Avoid swinging your child by their arms or wrists
- Lift young children from under their arms
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Nursemaid’s elbow. American Academy of Pediatrics website. Available at: http://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/orthopedic/Pages/Nursemaids-Elbow.aspx. Updated October 10, 2012. Accessed October 29, 2012.
Nursemaid’s elbow. Boston Children’s Hospital website. Available at: http://www.childrenshospital.org/az/Site1082/mainpageS1082P0.html. Accessed October 29, 2012.
Nursemaid’s elbow. Nemours Kidshealth website. Available at: http://kidshealth.org/parent/medical/bones/nursemaid.html. Accessed October 29, 2012.
Radial head subluxation. DynaMed website. Available at: https://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us. Updated February 27, 2012. Accessed October 29, 2012.
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