How To Spot A Dislocated Elbow In Kids

Well, I never imagined that a dislocated elbow was going to be possible in any of my kids, but I found out the hard way the other week. Three out of my four kids were playing in the TV room, as I cooked the dinner in the kitchen. The next thing I heard was all hell broke loose, my son ran up the stairs thinking he was in trouble, and my 7 year old daughter was holding onto my almost 2 year olds arm so she did not bang her head. She was screaming (the two year old) and it was clear that she was in a lot of pain. I went to help her and well I knew something was not right. I tried to ask her if her head was spinning, thinking that it was possible that the other 2 kids had in fact knocked her and she had hurt her head and they were scared to tell me. I then tried to see if she had perhaps had one of the other two kids fall on her and hurt in in some way. Anyhow I tried to comfort her but as things were not calming down, I knew it was straight off to the local casualty room. Once there was an older doctor that caught onto the fact that she had had her arm pulled with force, and because she had been telling me at that point that her arm was paining and seemed to be unable to straighten the arm whilst I thought she had broken the arm, or perhaps had her shoulder injured, so was in fact suffering from a dislocated elbow!

 

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