Nursemaid’s elbow is a type of elbow injury. It’s when a forearm bone (radius) slips out of place from where it normally attaches to the elbow joint.
It is a common condition in children younger than 4 years of age. It is also called pulled elbow, slipped elbow, and toddler elbow.
Each child may feel symptoms a bit differently. But below are the most common symptoms of nursemaid’s elbow:
These symptoms may seem like other health problems. Make sure your child sees his or her healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
Treatment will depend on your child’s symptoms, age, and general health. It will also depend on how severe the condition is.
Prompt medical treatment is important to quickly ease your child’s symptoms. Treatment may include:
Once the elbow has sustained this type of injury, it is more likely to happen again. If it does, call your child’s healthcare provider or return to the emergency department for further evaluation and treatment. Most children outgrow the tendency for nursemaid’s elbow by the age of 5.
To help prevent nursemaid’s elbow:
Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your child’s healthcare provider:
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