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A 28-year-old female asked:

My child 5 years but woke up and is limping everywhere, he says knee hurts, he "woke up like that" but he can squat, without hurting, its not swollen?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Derek Isenberg
Emergency Medicine 17 years experience
growing pains: if the need is not swollen, warm, or tender, I would not worry too much about it. Try some Motrin over the next 24 hours. If it is not getting better, see your pediatrician.
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Dr. Lois A Freisleben-Cook
Pediatrics 42 years experience
post infectious synovitis of the hip (previously called toxic synovitis) is a common cause of sudden waking with a limp and c/o knee pain. It should resolve within a few days without need for treatment. It is usually preceded by a mild viral illness.
Oct 17, 2014
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
Varies : There are multiple potential causes and I would not hesitate to have him seen. One of the more common causes in someone with no injury is an arthralgia. Arthralgia referrs to an aching in a joint or joints, often without any real objective findings. In children they can often be associated with a viral ullness, and sometimes the arthralgia can precede the illness.
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Last updated Oct 31, 2014

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