For all you fellow mommies out there. Just wanted to share this information that I have recently learned.
Several weeks ago, Simeon came to me whimpering and holding his right wrist. I was doing dishes and he had been playing in the living room with his brothers....my back was turned, but I could hear and observe what was going on. I decided I would just let him work it out for a few minutes and see if any swelling or bruising began.
Still whimpering anytime he tried to move it or I touched it.
He did stop using it after a few minutes. I took him in to lay with his daddy (who was in bed with a nasty migraine) and in a few minutes he had fallen asleep...perfect time to try and probe a little further as to what he had done/where the injury was. Couldn't decide if it was his elbow, shoulder, or wrist, but he was grimacing and whimpering in his sleep every time I moved his arm.
After 3 hours, still no swelling or bruising, so I sent T and E to a friends house and carted Simeon to the Urgent Care for further advice. he was a trooper....and I took this video to send to my sister while Sim and I waited. (we only had to wait about an hour)
Once they called us back, it took about 35 seconds for them to diagnose and treat this little fella. a few unpleasant seconds while they examined and popped it back in place...and then a few minutes to try and coax him to reach out and grab for something. Once he reached out and realized it didn't hurt...he was a new man:) Happy, healthy, and back to climbing in no time. however, Nurse Maids elbow is likely to happen to him again (and possible again and again) for several more years (age 4-5).
there's lots of info on the internet/you tube about Nurse Maids Elbow....so check it out if you have time. I had never heard anything about it and will now add it to my list of OTJ training in motherhood!
I guess it's kinda common in kiddos who have older siblings...or who have rough playmates. Again, Symptoms are typically:
*you have no idea what happened-your little one just stopped using his arm
*It is painful to touch and movement
*there are no signs of bruising/swelling.
Hope it helps:)