Monday, June 25, 2012

Growing Pains-Nursemaid Elbow

Every gray hair on my head has one of my children's name on it.  Last week I gained a few more with Ethan's (E2) name on them.  Ethan is suffering from Nursemaid Elbow.  Apparently on Wednesday night, while I was at church, the boys were in the yard and Ethan took a fall. Although he was fine during bath time and while getting into pajamas, when I went in to check on the boys after getting home, Ethan was crying saying the "it hurts, it hurts", but he wouldn't tell me what hurt him. I noticed  his pj top was on backwards so when I began to take it off, that's when I noticed it was his arm that hurt. He was crying so hard it was enough to break your heart.  He got some rest after a dose of ibuprofen and we got him to the doctor the very next day.

Apparently, Nursemaid Elbow is very common in children 1-4 and can happen when the ligaments connected to the humerus or upper arm bone, are loose and they slip out of place.  This is our second experience with Ethan as he tends to throw himself on the floor if he doesn't get his way, however, this is the first time that the pain has lasted as long as it has.

The doctor recommended icing and ibuprofen and to watch to see if he starts using the arm and that is exactly what we did over the weekend.  I am glad to say that he has made a full recovery and is just as feisty as ever.  Unfortunately, the grays are here to stay...

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