Sponsored Links


It’s still better than giving you the finger


Mommy thumb. I have to admit I’d never heard of it, in spite of having three children, most of them big babies. But the condition is real and increasing in frequency -- often times surgical treatment is necessary and this condition may be preventable.

The first symptom is often a searing sharp pain which runs down the length of the thumb to the wrist and eventually up the forearm. The condition may be diagnosed by an orthopedic doctor. While commonly called mommy thumb, the medical condition is known De Quervain’s tendinitis. It is an inflammation of the tendons below the thumb. Although the condition is not new, a combination of older new moms, heavier children, cribs and other children’s equipment which is low to the floor, and the ever present smart phone has increased diagnoses beyond the norm. Up to one half of new moms are expected to experience this problem in the coming year.

When common pain relievers and over the counter anti-inflamatories don’t help, moms can go for steroid injections, splints and eventually surgery. The condition is not restricted to moms, dads get it too and people over 40 are three times as susceptible.

To avoid the stress on the thumbs, try scooping the baby up and avoiding the “L” shape hand position lifting the baby up from his or her armpits. Be sure to put a pillow under the baby’s head while nursing rather than supporting the weight exclusively with your hand.

Source: Wall Street Journal


Need Help? A Counselor is Waiting

All Sessions Start for Free - Click below to get started


Sponsored Links

Support Groups


SupportGroups.com is for individuals, friends and families who want to connect during life's challenging times. Share experiences get a helping hand in a confidential, supportive environment.



This information is solely for informational and educational purposes only. The publication of this information does not constitute the practice of medicine, family planning, child psychology, marriage counseling and this information does not replace the advice of your physician or other health care or mental health care provider. Neither the owners or employees of NaturalFamilyOnline.com or the author(s) of site content take responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, procedure, exercise, dietary modification, application of medication or any other action involving the care of yourself or any family members which results from reading this site. It is always best to speak with your primary health care provider before engaging in any form of self treatment. Additional information contained in our Legal Statement

Sponsored Links


Online Support Groups

visit SupportGroups.com

SupportGroups.com provides a support network for those facing life's challenges. Click on the following links to get a helping hand in a confidential, caring environment.

Selected Support Groups


Latest Questions

What does your weekly dinner look like?: