Given that De Quervain’s is a tendon based injury, the best immediate course of action is to “de-load” the area. This means to reduce the performance of aggravating action(s).
It is impractical to tell a parent or guardian to stop lifting their little one entirely. When De Quervain’s is brought on from caring for babies, we recommend modifying your method of lifting. Instead of placing your hands on either side of your babe’s torso, pop one hand between their legs and under their back with the other hand on their tummy. Using this “sandwich lifting technique”, there will be little wrist or thumb movement in the aggravating direction.
Soft tissue work such as self-massaging through your forearm will help to de-load the tendon and relieve symptoms.
Symptoms can also be alleviated by taping the wrist and thumb to restrict the painful movements or in some cases a brace is considered.