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Different problems with the bones, muscles, nerves, ligaments, and tendons in the body can cause pain. One or more areas of your child's body may ache or burn, or feel tired, stiff, or sore. This is called musculoskeletal pain.
This type of pain can have many different causes. In some cases, it's caused by another health problem. Sometimes it's caused by an injury such as a strain or sprain. Or it may be caused by using one part of the body in the same way over and over again (overuse).
Treatment depends on your child's symptoms and the cause of the pain, if known. Sometimes doctors can't find a cause. But there are things you can do at home to help your child feel better.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call your child's doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
Current as of: November 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & John Pope MD - Pediatrics
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