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What causes nursemaid's elbow?

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Nursemaid's elbow can happen if you tug or pull on a young child's lower arm or hand, especially if the arm is twisted. It doesn't take much force. It may happen when you:

It can also happen when an infant rolls over onto their arm or a child uses their hands to brace for a fall.

  • Catch a child by the hand to stop a fall
  • Lift them up by the hands or wrists
  • Pull their arm through a jacket sleeve
  • Swing them by the arms or hands
  • Yank on their arm to make them walk faster

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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