Stiff Neck

A stiff neck without other symptoms might be caused by minor muscle strain from sleeping in an odd position or sitting in front of a computer too long.

But other signs may accompany neck stiffness, making it a more serious complaint. For instance, meningitis is a rare infectious illness that can result in stiff neck, headache, and fever.

What to Do

If your child has a stiff or sore neck but no fever or other symptoms:

·       apply a warm moist cloth to the neck

·       give acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain

·       call the doctor if symptoms persist

Seek Medical Care

If Your Child Has a Stiff Neck and:

·       had a recent injury

·       has been bitten by a tick within the last month

·       a fever (or lower-than-normal temperature in babies)

·       fatigue, drowsiness, or loss of energy

·       extreme irritability (or trouble being comforted in babies)

·       persistent headache

·       vomiting

·       eye sensitivity to light

·       a skin rash

·       flu-like symptoms

·       for infants: a weak suck, high-pitched cry, or a bulging soft spot on the skull

Think Prevention!

·       Get all routine immunizations on time, especially the meningococcal vaccine, which protects against meningitis.

·       Help avoid tick bites by using insect repellent (with no more than 10% to 30% concentration of DEET); checking kids and pets frequently for ticks; and making sure kids wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts in high-risk outdoor areas.

·       Have children avoid activities and equipment known to be risky for neck injuries.

 

Source http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/stiff-neck-sheet.html

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