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I think my child has nursemaid's elbow. Should I take him to the er?
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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics
13 doctors agree
In brief: Your doc or UC is ok
Nursemaid's elbow is a partial dislocation of the radial head from the joint socket.
It is easily reducible by a trained medical professional, however the er may not be necessary. If it's after hours and you have a local urgent care nearby that sees children, that's a good option. During the day, your pediatrician is the best person to take care of it and it only takes a few seconds to treat!

In brief: Your doc or UC is ok
Nursemaid's elbow is a partial dislocation of the radial head from the joint socket.
It is easily reducible by a trained medical professional, however the er may not be necessary. If it's after hours and you have a local urgent care nearby that sees children, that's a good option. During the day, your pediatrician is the best person to take care of it and it only takes a few seconds to treat!
Dr. Lisa Roberts
Dr. Lisa Roberts
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Dr. Sari Nabulsi
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Nursemaid elbow
Definitely, you need to take him. It has to be reduced because it can cause swelling and more pain.

In brief: Nursemaid elbow
Definitely, you need to take him. It has to be reduced because it can cause swelling and more pain.
Dr. Sari Nabulsi
Dr. Sari Nabulsi
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Dr. Alex Blum
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Take to pediatrician
Nursemaid elbow is usual a result from pulling on the child's elbow.
This can result in exquisit pain and the child usual holds the arm flexed at 90 degrees and cradled in the other hand. Though the problem is a simple dislodging of the bone that is stuck on a ligament, it's a good idea to have your child's pediatrician confirm that there's no concern for an underlying fracture (broken bone).

In brief: Take to pediatrician
Nursemaid elbow is usual a result from pulling on the child's elbow.
This can result in exquisit pain and the child usual holds the arm flexed at 90 degrees and cradled in the other hand. Though the problem is a simple dislodging of the bone that is stuck on a ligament, it's a good idea to have your child's pediatrician confirm that there's no concern for an underlying fracture (broken bone).
Dr. Alex Blum
Dr. Alex Blum
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