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help! 6 yr old dd can't get out of bed because her neck hurts?

(29 Posts)
somuchtosortout Sun 05-May-13 08:06:03

She is ok otherwise. Didn't know this could happen to children?! She's lying on her side and if I try even a gentle movement she howls in pain.
And no ice in the house as freezer wad turned off by accident a few days ago, so I chucked everything out and it is empty!
Any advice welcomethanks

AnyFucker Sun 05-May-13 23:13:31

Sounds like an acute torticollis

If it is settling, give her ibuprofen and use a warmpack/hot water bottle

the pain is called by muscle spasm and will improve in a couple of days if she is otherwise well

PJM18 Sun 05-May-13 23:01:14

Hi. My 6 yr old had this a few months ago. He woke crying saying the back of his neck was sore. After I gave him calpol and out a heat pad on it he seemed fine and went to school. It remained slightly sore for a few days and his head was tilted a bit to the side. I also noticed that one shoulder was higher than the other for a few days. I think it's called torticollis or 'cricked neck'. I tried to encourage him to rest if possible and also gave him gentle massages of his neck and shoulders.

BiscuitMillionaire Sun 05-May-13 14:20:19

My DS got this, also when he was 6. He couldn't even crawl to the toilet he was in such pain. But it was just a 'cricked' neck, he was fine by the next day.

jitterbug85 Sun 05-May-13 14:14:43

Sounds like she slept on it funny. Apply a cold pack rather than heat. Heat encourages swelling.

QOD Sun 05-May-13 09:31:49

Poor sausage

My dd is a total drama llama btw..... She does this and is fine 5 mins later

somuchtosortout Sun 05-May-13 09:18:45

Qod she's had breakfast and is playing with playdough so don't think it's as bad as it seemed. Thanks again!

Flojobunny Sun 05-May-13 09:08:35

Did I really just start that with hi confused need a couple more coffees this morning to wake brain up.

Flojobunny Sun 05-May-13 09:07:39

Hi, my 7 yo had this and cried all morning so I took him to emergency doctor thinking he could have broken his neck! and they said he had a virus and would be fine. By teatime he was running around the place like nothing had happened.

QOD Sun 05-May-13 09:04:52

Have you rung yet?

somuchtosortout Sun 05-May-13 09:00:17

Thank you all! Lazarus has risen, declaring 'can I have my breakfast in front of the telly because I'm sick'.
So, happy it's not serious, but she can be such a bad patient!
It's just how I get it, she can only move her torso, rather than neck.
Thanks again.

purplewithred Sun 05-May-13 08:48:41

meningitis symptoms I dont think your dd has meningitis but I do think everyone should brush up their knowledge whenever possible. In particular rash is a very late symptom and you shouldn't wait to see it before suspecting meningitis.

waikikamookau Sun 05-May-13 08:39:47

did you check for a rash, and not liking bright lights btw>

waikikamookau Sun 05-May-13 08:38:56

have you tried a hot water bottle, otherwise try GP. I had to do this for my dd.
GPs excellent,
pain relief and diazepam.

purplewithred Sun 05-May-13 08:37:08

Really ought to be something cool not warm to start with - I'd go for some painkillers too, ibuprofen or paracetamol.

coffeewineandchocolate Sun 05-May-13 08:31:19

sounds like she slept on it funny. tlc day?

LegoAcupuncture Sun 05-May-13 08:30:20


LegoAcupuncture Sun 05-May-13 08:30:12

Do you have a ho water bottle or wheat bag you can apply to the area? Works for me when I've go a stiff neck.

Hope she manages to move soon, she probaly just slept funny last night.

ClaimedByMe Sun 05-May-13 08:28:53

Can you give her nurofen? That might help take some of the pain away and help her move her neck it's the only thing that works for me

SchroSawMargeryDaw Sun 05-May-13 08:27:31

Is it swollen? One side of my neck was agony and swollen when I had mumps (had MMR).

somuchtosortout Sun 05-May-13 08:24:55

Oh, she's watching a dvd, not sbd!!

somuchtosortout Sun 05-May-13 08:23:24

Thanks. It's just one side of her neck. I often get this, so assumed it would be the same thing. Obv. Initially I panicked but half an hour later I can see it's only one side and she has found a comfy position.
Will go with warmth and massage and call nhs direct in a bit, if no improvement.
Thanks for the replies.

kimblesj Sun 05-May-13 08:19:16

Hope you get some good advice. It could also be enlarged lymph nodes in her neck. Ds2 couldn't move his neck a few years ago and the doctors couldn't move it either. He got rushed to hospital and admitted with suspected meningitis and he simply had enlarged lymph nodes in his neck which was restricting his movement. Let us know how she is doing xx

somuchtosortout Sun 05-May-13 08:12:56

I know, but she really is fine, no fever I opened the curtains and she is watching a sbd. It's only if she tries to turn her neck. But will be calling nhs as my next course of action.

kimblesj Sun 05-May-13 08:11:57

She may have slept funny and trapped a nerve, try putting a hot water bottle on the area that hurts and giving it a bit of a massage. Obviously if it is accompanied by a headache/temp/rash u need to get her seen. Hope she is ok xx

purplewithred Sun 05-May-13 08:11:43

any idea why? where on her neck? is she otherwise well?

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