Nursemaid's Elbow

ExitCare ImageNursemaid's elbow occurs when part of the elbow shifts out of its normal position (dislocates). This problem is often caused by pulling on a child's outstretched hand or arm. It usually occurs in children under 4 years old. This causes pain. Your child will not want to move his or her elbow. The doctor can usually put the elbow back in place easily. After the doctor puts the elbow back in place, there are usually no more problems.

HOME CARE

  • Use the elbow normally.

  • Do not lift your child by the outstretched hands or arms.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

Your child is not using his or her elbow normally.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if your child is not doing well or gets worse.