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Can you prevent nursemaid's elbow?

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Until your child's ligaments get strong enough to hold the bones of the elbow joint in place, when they're 5-6 years old:

Kids who have had nursemaid's elbow are more likely to get it again.

  • Lift them from under the arms.
  • Don't tug or jerk their hand or arm.
  • Never swing them by the hands or arms.

From: Nursemaid's Elbow WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

KidsHealth web site: "Nursemaid's Elbow."

Boston Children's Hospital web site: "Nursemaid's Elbow."

Kliegman, R.M., Behrman, R.E., Jenson, H.B., Stanton, B.F., editors, , 19th edition, Saunders Elsevier, 2011. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics

Roberts J.R., Hedges, J.R., editors, , 5th edition, Saunders Elsevier, 2009. Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 22, 2017

SOURCES:

KidsHealth web site: "Nursemaid's Elbow."

Boston Children's Hospital web site: "Nursemaid's Elbow."

Kliegman, R.M., Behrman, R.E., Jenson, H.B., Stanton, B.F., editors, , 19th edition, Saunders Elsevier, 2011. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics

Roberts J.R., Hedges, J.R., editors, , 5th edition, Saunders Elsevier, 2009. Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 22, 2017

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