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Transient synovitis is irritation and swelling of the lining of the hip joint. It occurs most often in boys between the ages of 4 and 10 years. It's also called toxic synovitis.
This problem may happen after a child has a cold or a respiratory infection. Or it can happen after an illness with a fever, like tonsillitis or an ear infection. In some cases, it happens after an injury.
Your child will feel pain in the hip. There may also be thigh or knee pain. Sometimes this pain can cause a limp when the child walks.
You can help your child feel better with home treatment. The pain will probably improve in a couple of days. But it may take a few weeks for your child to return to normal.
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.
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: March 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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