Neck pain is often temporary and clears within 1 or 2 days without treatment. However, sometimes neck pain is chronic and can affect a child’s quality of life, social activities, and education.
When should I be concerned about my child’s neck pain?
Go to the nearest Emergency Department or call 911 if: the pain is severe and lasts more than two hours after taking pain medication. numbness occurs in the arms or back. your child has a stiff neck and a fever over 38°C (100.4°F)
How long does neck tightness take to go away?
In most cases, pain and stiffness go away naturally within a week. However, how an individual manages and cares for the stiff neck symptoms can affect pain levels, recovery time, and the likelihood of whether it will return.
How do you tell if a child has a stiff neck?
- Neck pains due to strained muscles cause these symptoms:
- The head is often cocked to one side.
- Can’t bend the head backward or put the chin to each shoulder. Often, can still bend the neck forward (touch the chin to the chest).
- The neck muscles are often sore to the touch.
Can a child have stiff neck?
A bad night’s sleep can mean waking up with a stiff neck, which makes it hard or painful to turn your head. This is called torticollis (Latin for “twisted neck”) and it can happen to adults, kids, and even babies. While uncomfortable, torticollis is usually nothing to worry about.
How do you fix a stiff neck in a child?
Wrap an ice pack or bag of ice cubes in a towel and apply it to the child’s neck for 20 minutes at a time. If neck pain persists after a few days, heat may help. To use heat, place a warm compress or electric heating pad on the child’s neck for 10 minutes. A warm bath may also help relax tight muscles and relieve pain.
How do you help a child with a stiff neck?
If your child has a stiff or sore neck but no fever or other symptoms:
- put a warm moist cloth on the neck as often as needed for pain.
- give acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain.
- call the doctor if symptoms last more than a few days.
What virus causes a stiff neck?
Meningitis is an infection that affects the protective membranes that surround the spinal cord and brain, called the meninges. Meningitis can cause many symptoms, including a stiff neck. Meningitis can be serious if a person does not seek treatment quickly.
How long does neck pain from sleeping wrong last?
As with all sprains, the body will heal eventually, but the neck could take 4-6 weeks (longer for more severe injuries) to heal, which sounds like a miserable existence in the interim. Aside from seeing a doctor (which you definitely should do), there are things you can do to manage your pain.