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Mommy Thumb: 5 Ways to Ease the Pain

Parents—December 13, 2017

In a Parents article, HSS hand and upper extremity surgeon Michelle G. Carlson, MD advised how new parents can prevent and treat 'mommy thumb.' Formally known as de Quervain's tenosynovitis, mommy thumb is an overuse injury caused by frequent lifting.

Dr. Carlson said that 90 percent of people who develop this condition are new mothers. To prevent irritation, Dr. Carlson recommended lifting your baby differently.

"Instead of picking your baby up under the arms, try to scoop him up by lifting under his bottom. Keep the palm of your hand up," she advised.

"Many women cite breastfeeding to be irritating, so if you're nursing, be careful to use a pillow for support so that the full weight of baby's head isn't resting in your hand," Dr. Carlson added.

Read the full article at parents.com


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