Home treatment may help relieve
your child's hip pain, swelling, and stiffness. If your child will cooperate,
use the following tips. If your child becomes upset or will not cooperate, do
not force your child.
Rest. Have your child rest and protect the sore
hip. Have your child stop, change, or take a break from any activity that may
be causing pain or soreness.
Ice will help your child's pain and
ice or cold packs on the sore area immediately. Put ice on for 20 minutes
out of every hour and do this 4 or more times in the first 1 to 2 days. If your
child is cooperative, use the ice often. If your child is not cooperative, use
the ice as much as you can without struggling with your child. Wrap the ice in
a wet towel. Do not put the ice right on the skin. Take the ice off if your
child falls asleep.
Place your child on the uninjured side for
Gently massage or rub your child's hip to relieve pain and
encourage blood flow.
For the first 1 to 2 days after an injury, do
not let your child do things that may increase swelling, such as taking hot
showers, using hot tubs, or using hot packs.
After 2 to 3 days, if the
swelling is gone,
heat can be put on the hip. Your child can carefully
begin normal activities. Moist heat with a hot water bottle or warm towel may feel good to your child.
Medicine you can buy without a prescription
Try a nonprescription
medicine to help treat your child's fever or pain:
Talk to your child's doctor before switching back and
forth between doses of acetaminophen and ibuprofen. When you switch between two
medicines, there is a chance your child will get too much medicine.
Be sure to follow these
safety tips when you use a nonprescription medicine:
Carefully read and follow all labels on
the medicine bottle and box.
Give, but do not exceed, the maximum
Do not give your child a medicine if he or she
has had an
allergic reaction to it in the past.