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Taking Care of Children who Suffer from Back Pain

Taking Care of Children who Suffer from Back Pain

In a previous article we offered some tips for taking care of children when you suffer from back pain. Now we’re going to take a look at the other side of the equation – taking care of kids who have back pain themselves. Here are some insights on caring for young ones who suffer from spine conditions and back pain.

Recognize the Signs of Back Pain

Children (especially young children and toddlers) can have a difficult time communicating what’s wrong when they’re in pain. That’s why it’s important to try and recognize the signs of back pain. Strange posture, slouching, and excessive crying can all be signals of a potential back pain condition or injury.

Restrict Activities When Necessary

Many children do not know their own limits. Don’t be afraid to set restrictions on physical activities when necessary. You shouldn’t put a ban on all play and exercise of course. But if your child has been complaining about back pain, limit the amount of strenuous play, sports, and exercise until you’ve resolved the pain.

Seek Medical Help

If your child’s back pain does not go away after home treatments, it’s time to make an appointment with your physician. A doctor can do a physical exam and get to the bottom of what’s causing the pain. At that point, you can work with your doctor and child to create a treatment strategy.

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