Your child has an injury called pulled elbow. Pulled elbow occurs when one of the bones in the forearm slips out of position at the elbow. It can happen during play or when an adult pulls a child up over a curb or other obstacle. It also can happen when a child's hand is pulled through the sleeve of a sweater or coat. Pulled elbow is common in children between ages 1 and 4. As children grow, their arms get stronger and they no longer get this type of injury.
The doctor may have moved the elbow back in place. This injury usually heals quickly and without permanent damage.
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.
To prevent pulled elbow:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
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Current as of: March 21, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & A. Evan Eyler, MD, MPH - Family Medicine, Psychiatry
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