Babysitter's Elbow (Nursemaid's Elbow)

Babysitter's Elbow (Nursemaid's Elbow)

Dr. Kennedy
Babysitter’s elbow (also known as Nursemaid’s elbow) is a partial dislocation of the elbow. The radius (a bone in the forearm) slips out of the ligament that holds it in place at the elbow. This is common in children under 4 years of age and may be due to an adult lifting or swinging the child by one hand and can also occur when an infant rolls over or falls. The child begins to cry immediately and holds the arm slightly bent at the elbow with the forearm against the abdomen. Treatment is reduction (realignment) of the dislocation. Once a child has had babysitter’s elbow, it is more likely to occur again.

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