Join Date: Aug 2007
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I guess it's a pretty common injury, but I only knew what it was because of a thread I had read here, so I thought I should pass on my experience.
She was playing on her tummy in bed this morning when she got hungry. I was wrestling her into a side-lying position to nurse and she started crying, which is NOT normal for her. Her dad tried to calm her, and he stripped her down to check her out but didn't see anything wrong. I noticed that her left arm was limp and I figured I must have dislocated her elbow in bed. Later after she nursed and calmed down she would only cry when she tried to reach for something or use her arm.
The doctor and nurses asked me about 100 times if I had pulled her by her hands, and I explained each time that no, I didn't do that, because I know you aren't supposed to because it can dislocate the elbow. I was trying to explain what I had been doing when she started crying, but I don't think it really got across. Hopefully the mamas here understand what it's like to wrestle a wriggly 7 month old into position in bed!
Anyway, we took her right to the doctor and he popped it back in and showed us how to fix it if it happened again. She was 100% fine by the time we got into the car. I will certainly be more careful in the future but I just wanted to share my experience so other mamas know if it happens to them. (sigh... rough morning.)
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