We went to Rajyindee Hospital the following day (after my Summer English class) and see an orthopedic doctor. When I mentioned about our play (I remembered that he suddenly pulled away from me to avoid my ticklish kiss) , the doctor told us that there’s a good chance he has a pulled or slipped elbow, also called nursemaid’s elbow. It’s a fairly common mishap for children under age 4 or 5. Nursemaid’s elbow occurs when the ligament that goes around the top of the radius bone in his arm slips off. If that’s the case, your child may cry and hold his elbow bent against his tummy. His elbow won’t look distorted, and it may or may not continue to hurt, but he’ll probably protect it and refuse to move it.
|The photo shows exactly what the doctor did to Hyzyd to treat the pulled elbow. (photo credit: MedScape Reference)|
The next time we’ll play, I must remind myself not to do things that might cause nursemaid elbow especially during our playtime. It may not have been anything out of the ordinary. Sometimes young children get nursemaid’s elbow if they’re grabbed or jerked by the wrist, picked up by one arm, or swung by the wrists while playing. It can also happen if your toddler suddenly pulls away from you or drops to the ground while you’re holding his hand or arm, or if you lift him by one arm onto a curb or step.While you may not be able to completely avoid activities that can cause nursemaid’s elbow, you’ll reduce the chances of it if you avoid jerking or pulling on your toddler’s arms or wrists and take care to lift him from under his arms rather than by his arms.