How to Make an Arm Sling for a Toddler

Written by sandra webster
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Toddlers are accident prone, and their mishaps don't always happen at the most convenient times. If your toddler falls and you suspect an arm injury, knowing how to make an arm sling will help ease the pain and stabilise the injury until medical treatment can be sought. Basic first-aid skills may prevent additional injury and make your toddler feel better at the same time.

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Things you need

  • Bandanna or large handkerchief
  • Safety pin

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    Creating a Sling

  1. 1

    Fold the bandanna or handkerchief in half to form a triangle.

  2. 2

    Place one end of the triangle on the shoulder of the toddler's uninjured arm so that the rest of the cloth drapes across the child's chest.

  3. 3

    Pull the end of the triangle that is hanging down up across the arm so that it meets the end on the shoulder. Make sure the elbow is covered by the cloth forming the sling, but the fingers poke out slightly.

  4. 4

    Knot the two ends together at the side of the neck.

  5. 5

    Pin the sling in place with a safety pin at the part where the triangle covers the elbow.

  6. 6

    Adjust the sling as needed so that the hand is higher than the elbow to decrease pain and keep the blood circulating in the injured arm.

Tips and warnings

  • Diaper pins will also work to secure the sling and there is less chance of them popping open if your toddler moves around.
  • Avoid knotting the sling behind the neck to prevent spinal injuries.

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