Danger signs Call an ambulance if your child sustains a back injury and has either of the following symptoms:

• Difficulty with bladder or bowel control

• Weakness or numbness in a limb

Does your child have a single painful joint? NO

possible cause A minor sprain or strain of a ligament or muscle is the most likely cause of your child's pain.

action Follow the advice on treating sprains and strains in a child (opposite). See your doctor within 24 hours if the pain is severe or is no better the next day.

Is the joint red, hot, or swollen, and/or does YES your child have a fever?


call an ambulance

Does your child have a pain in the hip, thigh, or groin?

Are several joints swollen or painful?

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