A dislocated shoulder in a child is perhaps harder to deal with than the same injury occurring to an adult. A child may feel panicky and frightened by what has happened to them, especially if they are squeamish and can see their shoulder looks different to how it usually would.
If you find yourself in this situation and your child has been injured, try and keep them calm. Make an ice pack from some frozen vegetables and a tea towel and apply it to their shoulder. If you can make a sling to keep their arm still against their body, this will also help reduce the pain they’ll be feeling.
Treating a dislocated shoulder in a child
No dislocation should ever be put back by someone other than a trained professional. Your child will be given painkillers and the area around the shoulder will be numbed so they do not feel the movement of the bones going back into place. Surgery is unlikely to be needed unless the doctor feels the damage done by the dislocation cannot be repaired naturally over time.
Any shoulder dislocation can take around four months to heal fully. This means that even when your child can start moving their arm around again, they will still likely feel some pain and may have to refrain from certain sports and activities. Always ask the doctor what they can and cannot do, and whether any exercises might be useful in time. To begin with, once you get your child home, rest will be the best thing to make sure they get to recover.
Can you claim something for your child?
You can claim as the parent of your child if you think someone else was negligent and this was the cause of your child suffering their injury. Negligence might mean health and safety rules were not followed at school, at a playgroup or even in another public place someone was responsible for maintaining.
If you want to know whether a dislocated shoulder in a child might lead to a successful award being granted, call Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone. This is by far the easiest way to get in touch with us, but you can also use the online test we have devised to give you some easy answers before you speak to us.