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How do infections cause hip pain in children?

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A number of them can cause pain in your child’s hip. This may make them limp or give them trouble walking. One condition, called septic arthritis, can cause painful hip swelling and redness. It may be caused by bacteria (like a staph infection), a virus, or even a fungus. Other bacterial infections or Lyme disease (which your child may get from the bite of an infected tick) can also cause hip pain.

Antibiotics may be all that’s needed to treat some infections. Other times, your child may need a procedure to drain the infection from the joint.

From: Top Causes of Hip Pain in Children WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “The limping child.”

University of Chicago: “Common causes of hip pain in children.”

Nemours Foundation: “Toxic synovitis.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Arthritis.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Hip dysplasia.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Hip problems in infants.”

Mayo Clinic: “Legg-Calve-Perthes disease: Symptoms and causes.”

Mayo Clinic: “Legg-Calve-Perthes disease: Diagnosis and treatment.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Slipped capital femoral epiphysis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Septic arthritis.”

Reviewed by Roy Benaroch on January 10, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “The limping child.”

University of Chicago: “Common causes of hip pain in children.”

Nemours Foundation: “Toxic synovitis.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Arthritis.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Hip dysplasia.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Hip problems in infants.”

Mayo Clinic: “Legg-Calve-Perthes disease: Symptoms and causes.”

Mayo Clinic: “Legg-Calve-Perthes disease: Diagnosis and treatment.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Slipped capital femoral epiphysis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Septic arthritis.”

Reviewed by Roy Benaroch on January 10, 2018

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