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The coccyx is the tailbone. Your child can have tailbone pain from a fall or other injury. Sometimes the cause of pain is not known. A tailbone injury causes pain when your child sits or slumps, especially on a hard seat. Straining to have a bowel movement also can be very painful.
Tailbone injuries can take several months to heal, but in some cases the pain goes on even longer. You can take steps at home to ease your child's pain. Your doctor will likely suggest an anti-inflammatory medicine (like ibuprofen) to treat the pain. In rare cases, a doctor injects a corticosteroid medicine into the coccyx to reduce swelling and pain.
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 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your 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:
Adaptation Date: 2/25/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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