Remember when your dad would swing you round by the arms? Here’s why it could be dangerous

Remember when your dad would swing you round by the arms? Here's why it could be dangerous

Remember when you were a child and your dad would swing you round by both hands? Maybe he would even do a hand and a foot. Great fun, wasn’t it? Or maybe not. It’s now known that this lighthearted activity can have serious consequences, and should be avoided — however much the little ones pester. Why? Holding a child’s hands and spinning them around in the air by the arms can cause a painful injury as the elbow pops out of place. That’s because at this age, youngster’s joints are not completely developed and their ligaments are looser. This means the radius bone in the arm can be easily pulled from its joint while the child is being swung. Commonly known as Nursemaid’s Elbow or Toddler’s Elbow, the medical name for this injury is annular ligament displacement. It is most common between the ages of one and four and can occur any time the arm is yanked. Read More How you can send your kids off to school with a healthy and tasty packed lunch Parents should also try to avoid picking little ones up by the hands or wrists, or pulling young children along too hard by the hands while walking. As kids get older, their ligaments tighten and become thicker, bones enlarge and harden, and the risk of nursemaid’s elbow plummets.

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