A few years ago my sister-in-law was taking her two year old son out of his car seat. To help him out of the car and to the ground, she grabbed his left hand and lifted him. He immediately started to cry, so she let go. She tried to find out what was the matter, but it made things worse. He kept his arm close to his side and refused to be touched. She put him back in the car and off to the E.R. they went. He was immediately diagnosed with nursemaid’s elbow and it had to be put back into place.
Nursemaid’s elbow is a common injury among young children. You can prevent this by not pulling or lifting your child by the hands or wrists, or swinging them by the arms. These movements can cause the elbow to become dislocated or slip out of joint. Instead, always lift your child by holding the body under the arms.