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Learn how to identify neck pain in your child and properly care for them until they are feeling better.

Key points

  • Neck pain is usually caused by a muscle strain.
  • Symptoms can include pain in the back of the neck and limited movement of the neck.
  • Give your child acetaminophen or ibuprofen as directed on the bottle to treat pain.
  • If your child has a stiff neck and a fever over 38°C (100.4°F), go to the nearest Emergency Department. These may be early signs of meningitis.
Last updated: April 2nd 2024