If your baby dislocates their arm
Babies’ joints can be delicate and they can become dislocated.
This can happen if a strong force pulls a limb into an abnormal
position, such as pulling them up by their hands or pulling their
arm through a sleeve when getting them dressed.
Signs that may make you suspect a dislocated joint are pain,
inability to move the joint, swelling, bruising or deformity of the
area. Dislocations can be very serious.
Watch our video - what to do if your baby has a dislocated
What to do
1. Try to keep your baby still. Don’t try to replace the
dislocated bone into its socket as this can cause further
2. Immobilise the injury with a sling or use padding and a broad
fold bandage (a triangular bandage folded to make a long piece of
3. Call 999/112 for emergency help or take the baby to see a
healthcare professional or hospital. Treat them for shock if
4. While you’re waiting for help to arrive check their
breathing, pulse and whether they can respond to you.
5. If you’ve put on a bandage, check their circulation every 10