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What is "nursemaid's elbow"?

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Also called "pulled elbow," this can happen in small children as a result of being lifted, yanked, swung by the hand or wrist, or falling on an outstretched arm. One of the arm bones slips out of place slightly. The child may:

  • Say that the elbow hurts
  • Cry when the arm is moved or touched
  • Hold the arm close to his or her side or support it with the other arm.
  • Not use the arm

From: Nursemaid's Elbow Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Healthy Children: “Nursemaid’s Elbow.”

KidsHealth: "Nursemaid's Elbow."

eMedicineHealth: "Nursemaid Elbow Information."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 28, 2018

SOURCES:

Healthy Children: “Nursemaid’s Elbow.”

KidsHealth: "Nursemaid's Elbow."

eMedicineHealth: "Nursemaid Elbow Information."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 28, 2018

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