First Aid: Stiff Neckenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-FA-StiffNeck-enHD.jpgA 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-f5889325e7fchttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/stiff-neck-sheet.html/<p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/first-aid-guides.html/"><img class="right" title="Parents image" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/buttons/P-firstaid-enBT.jpg" 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="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fever.html/">fever</a> and a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/headache.html/">headache</a>, it could be more serious. For instance, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/meningitis.html/">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="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/acetaminophen.html/">acetaminophen</a> or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ibuprofen.html/">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="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/tick-bites-sheet.html/">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="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/vomit.html/">vomiting</a></li> <li>has a skin rash</li> <li>has&nbsp;<a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/center/flu-center.html/">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="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/immunization-chart.html/">routine immunizations</a> on time, especially the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/meningitis-vaccine.html/">meningococcal vaccine</a>, which protects against bacterial meningitis.</li> <li>Help kids avoid tick bites: <ul> <li>Use <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/repellent.html/">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>
Burner (Stinger)Burners - also called stingers - usually happen in the neck or shoulder. They take their name from the burning or stinging sensation they cause. Find out how to treat burners - and prevent them.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/burners.html/b40be987-9579-4be1-9053-554854b015f7
Infant TorticollisBabies with this condition have trouble turning their heads, due to muscle tightness. Simple stretching exercises and physical therapy can help babies get better.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/torticollis.html/671c6e02-a963-4224-bf13-afb1fb35bcbe
Lyme DiseaseThe best way to prevent Lyme disease is to prevent tick bites. Find out more about this disease and how to keep those ticks away.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/lyme-disease.html/5507f2c4-2853-46bd-8f22-271a0e8241a9
MeningitisYou may be wondering what the deal is with meningitis because you've heard frightening stuff about meningitis outbreaks in the news.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/meningitis.html/810ea9e2-c86a-4d28-a819-e48f10e7de35
TorticollisTorticollis is a common condition that causes a stiff neck or neck pain that makes it difficult for kids to turn their heads.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/torticollis-kids.html/4b686120-945a-4fda-9642-000ffefbfeca
X-Ray Exam: NeckA neck X-ray can help diagnose many conditions, including stridor, croup, hoarseness due to swelling in or near the airways, and problems with tonsils and adenoids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/xray-neck.html/01f914a9-6581-4dfc-8d7f-d255faec27d0
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