Slings: How to make a basic sling

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Learn how to make simple but effective forearm and collarbone slings.

Key points

  • Before applying a sling, check for any serious cuts and make sure any bleeding is under control.
  • For forearm slings, use padding for the injured arm and tie the sling around your child’s neck on the uninjured side.
  • For shoulder or collarbone slings, drape the long side of the bandage down from the shoulder on the uninjured side, bring it over your child’s arm and tie it behind their back.
  • Make sure the sling keeps your child’s arm in place but is not so tight that it limits blood flow.
  • See a doctor if there is severe bleeding or if your child has dislocated a joint or broken a bone.
Last updated: February 12th 2015