When the upper arm comes out of the shoulder socket, it is called a dislocated shoulder.
After the doctor puts the shoulder back in place, he or she may put your child's arm in a sling or shoulder immobilizer. This will keep it from moving.
Exercise and physiotherapy can help your child's shoulder get strong and move normally again. You can also help your child get better with rest and home treatment.
If your child's shoulder keeps coming out of place, talk to your doctor about surgery. It can prevent dislocations.
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
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& David Messenger, MD & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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