Make no mistake – a dislocated shoulder is extremely painful for anyone to experience. You won’t be able to move your arm or shoulder and you will notice it looks very different to how it normally would, because the bone is no longer sitting in its rightful place in the socket. But just imagine how a toddler’s dislocated shoulder would feel to them. You would have trouble explaining what had happened and to keep them calm.
It would be a horrible experience for you as the parent and for the child. Seeking medical help at the nearest casualty department is always imperative with any case of a dislocated shoulder, but it is just as important to get your toddler there if they suffer this injury too.
Dealing with a toddler’s dislocated shoulder
Trying to keep them calm and making sure they do not move their arm is the best advice, as well as getting them to A&E as quickly as you can. Chances are they will not move their arm or shoulder anyway because of the pain. Once you are seen, the medical staff will likely supply painkillers to calm them and reduce the pain.
Before you get there, apply an ice pack to the shoulder as it will help reduce the swelling and pain. A bag of peas wrapped in a tea towel is the quickest solution here. Don’t give your toddler any food, drink or painkillers, because they may need treatment or surgery, depending on how bad the injury is.
Can you make a claim for your child’s injury?
Sometimes, kids fall over just because they weren’t careful enough. Toddlers suffer a few knocks and bruises as they get to grips with the world around them and become steadier on their feet. However, sometimes an injury can be caused because of negligence. If your toddler fell in a public place or wasn’t looked after properly by a childminder, or if they were using play equipment at a play centre and they were injured, there is a chance to claim.
Find out about dislocated shoulder toddler compensation today by calling 0800 689 0500. This puts you through to the Accident Advice Helpline team, as does a call to 0333 500 0993 if you’re on your mobile phone. Whichever way you call, you can speak to an advisor to ask about a no-win, no-fee claim.
Date Published: February 22, 2017
Author: Rob Steen