How to make an arm sling for a child

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How to make an arm sling for a child
Slings are used to support a broken, fractured or dislocated arm. (x-ray of arm image by Tammy Mobley from

According to the Kids Health website, children are susceptible to broken bones or fractures. Most children will develop an injury in their arm as a result of trying to absorb a fall while playing. Depending on your child's injury, a cast or splint may be placed on the arm to fix the injury. A sling may then be needed to support the arm as the arm heals. A sling can easily be made using common household items.

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Things you need

  • Large headscarf or pillowcase
  • Safety pin
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Cut a pillowcase in half. Alternatively, use a large headscarf. Fold the pillowcase or scarf into the shape of a triangle.

    How to make an arm sling for a child
    Use a headscarf to make a sling. (scarf image by maxthewildcat from
  2. 2

    Rest the sling over the child's injured arm. Slip the child's arm into the sling, with the shorter point of the sling supporting the elbow. The two longer points need to come up over the child's chest.

  3. 3

    Tie the front and back of the sling behind the child's neck, or use a safety pin to fasten the sling.

    How to make an arm sling for a child
    Use a safety pin to secure the sling. (safety pin image by timur1970 from
  4. 4

    Adjust the child's arm within the sling. The hand of the injured arm should be kept higher than the elbow. This will keep blood circulation flowing and keep pain minimal.

Tips and warnings

  • Let the fingers of the child's hand peek out of the sling.
  • If you don't have a scarf or pillowcase use a bed sheet, cutting the sheet to fit the child's body, or an old T-shirt.
  • Do not tie the sling behind the child's back. According to Family Education, tying a sling behind your child's back can cause spinal damage.
  • Keep tabs on the child's fingers to ensure that they aren't turning white or red; which is a sign of poor circulation. Check your child's circulation within the fingers by pressing on them. If the colour remains pale in the tips of the fingers, the sling should be adjusted.
  • Don't try to readjust the child's arm if the skin is turning blue. Take the child to the doctor immediately. This is a sign of a serious medical condition that can include a lack of oxygen being supplied to the blood.

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