When the bones of the elbow are forced out of their normal position, it is called a dislocated elbow. This can cause pain from the elbow to the hand. A doctor can put your child's elbow back in place.
Your doctor probably put a splint on your child's elbow. This is to keep it in position while it heals. Your doctor may also recommend physiotherapy. This can help your child exercise the elbow and keep it flexible. You can also help your child get better with rest and home treatment.
If your child injured muscles or tendons, he or she may need more treatment or surgery.
Your child may have had a sedative to help him or her relax. Your child may be unsteady after having sedation. It takes time (sometimes a few hours) for the medicine's effects to wear off. Common side effects of sedation include nausea, vomiting, and feeling sleepy or cranky.
The doctor has checked your child carefully, but problems can develop later. If you notice any problems or new symptoms, get medical treatment right away.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: March 21, 2017
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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