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How does transient synovitis cause hip pain in children?

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If your child has this common cause of hip pain, they may limp and tell you their hip hurts after sitting for a long time. They'll also walk with their toes pointed outward. They may walk on the tips of their toes, have knee or thigh pain, or refuse to walk if the pain is very bad. Your baby will cry when you move their hip joint.

This problem is most common in preschool and elementary students. Boys get it more often than girls. Doctors don’t know why, but it happens a lot in children who’ve had a virus. It may be a side effect of the body's fight against it.

Your child’s pediatrician may prescribe anti-inflammatory medicine, sometimes with pain meds. Within a few weeks, they should feel better, without any lingering problems.

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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