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Nursemaid's elbow occurs when the radius (one of the bones in the forearm) slips out of place from where it normally attaches to the elbow joint. It is a common condition in children younger than 4 years of age. It is also called dislocated elbow, pulled elbow, slipped elbow, or toddler elbow. The medical term for nursemaid's elbow is radial head subluxation.
How Boston Children's Hospital approaches nursemaid's elbow.
Because young children who experience nursemaid's elbow may be in a lot of pain, it is important to Children's that your child is kept calm and reassured throughout diagnosis and treatment.
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