I do the trick & then hear & feel a pop and Adeline almost immediately stops crying. This is the first time I've touched her since the incident. I never felt her shoulder to see if it was really dislocated because I was panicking and calling doctors and putting groceries away. We decide to go ahead and go to the hospital anyway. We get to the hospital & the ER is packed. I ask the guy at the window a question and he ignores me. At this time Adeline is laughing & talking and it's dinner time and we're all hungry. We decide to leave and go out to eat instead (I know...cast judgment).
I figure she's fine and I'll just take her to the pediatrician in the morning. The next day I have to go in to work and I start calling the doctor's office as soon as possible. When I finally get through to the receptionist and tell her why I'm making an appointment she freaks out on me. "Wait, what happened? How did that happen? You put it back in place yourself? Let me talk to a nurse." Then she comes back on and says, "Go ahead & bring her in, but we'll probably have to refer you to an orthopedist." Are you kidding me? She's fine. Hasn't complained once since I did the trick. So now I'm all freaking out thinking DHS or cops are going to be waiting on me when I get to the pediatrician. I was wrong. The receptionist apologized for freaking out. The doctor tells me she thinks it was her elbow that was dislocated and that it's very common in children under the age of 3. She says she sees at least one a week! That makes me feel much better. She said I did the right thing and that sometimes if it's left untreated for too long, the joint can get so swollen that they can't relocate it until they've treated the swelling first. She called it nursemaid's elbow.
I feel like since I'm an OT I should have at least heard of this before, but I haven't. I also feel like I should have been able to fix it immediately rather than panic & exhaust my speed-dialed doctors in my phone, but I didn't. However, now I know and I wanted all of you to know as well. It's super easy to fix and don't beat yourself or your husband up if it happens to your child. :)
So here's how you do THE TRICK:
1) First, extend their arm all the way out with palm supinated (turned up toward ceiling).
That's it. Now you know how to fix a nursemaid's elbow. Easy Peasy!
I'm kind of glad it happened because while I was at the doctor last Tuesday she found that Adeline's ear infection had not healed itself and we started another antibiotic. Now everyone in my house is well and all our joints are in their proper places. Praise Jesus!