First Aid: Stiff Neckenparents stiff neck is usually nothing to worry about. In rare cases, it can be a sign of something serious. Here's what to do about a stiff neck.neck, stiff, stiffness, injury, injuries, fever, tick, tick bite, fatigue, drowsiness, loss of energy, low temperature, irritability, headache, vomiting, eye sensitivity, rash, skin, flu-like, weak, weakness, cry, crying, bulge, bulging, spot, soft spot10/20/200902/12/201909/02/2019Kate M. Cronan, MD02/11/2019e37d7402-33a3-47e6-98a2-f5889325e7fc<p><a href=""><img class="right" title="Parents image" src="" alt="First Aid" name="4990-P_FIRSTAID_ENBT.JPG" /></a></p> <p>A stiff neck without other symptoms might be caused by minor muscle strain from sleeping in an odd position or looking down at a phone too long.</p> <p>If your child has a stiff neck along with a <a href="">fever</a> and a <a href="">headache</a>, it could be more serious. For instance, <a href="">meningitis</a> is a rare infection of the covering of the brain and spinal cord that can cause a stiff neck, headache, and fever.</p> <h3>What to Do</h3> <p>If your child has a stiff or sore neck but <strong>no</strong> fever or other symptoms:</p> <ul> <li>put a warm moist cloth on the neck as often as needed for pain</li> <li>give <a href="">acetaminophen</a> or <a href="">ibuprofen</a> for pain</li> <li>call the doctor if symptoms last more than a few days</li> </ul> <h3>Get Medical Care if Your Child Has a Stiff Neck and:</h3> <ul> <li>had a recent injury</li> <li>has been <a href="">bitten by a tick</a> within the last month</li> <li>has a fever (or lower-than-normal temperature in babies)</li> <li>seems very tired or drowsy</li> <li>is very cranky (or is a baby and can't be comforted)</li> <li>has a lasting headache</li> <li>is&nbsp;<a href="">vomiting</a></li> <li>has a skin rash</li> <li>has&nbsp;<a href="">flu</a>-like symptoms</li> <li>is an infant and has a weak suck, high-pitched cry, or a bulging soft spot on the skull</li> </ul> <h3>Think Prevention!</h3> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Get all <a href="">routine immunizations</a> on time, especially the <a href="">meningococcal vaccine</a>, which protects against bacterial meningitis.</li> <li>Help kids avoid tick bites: <ul> <li>Use <a href="">insect repellent</a> (with no more than 10% to 30% concentration of DEET).</li> <li>Check kids and pets often for ticks.</li> <li>Make sure kids wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts in high-risk outdoor areas.</li> </ul> </li> <li>Have children avoid activities and equipment known to be risky for neck injuries.</li> </ul>
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