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Printed: 2020-02-25 21:00:00
Up to date: 2020-02-25 21:00:00
Posted February 25, 2020 9:00 p.m. EST
By Coleen Hanson Smith, Go Ask Mother author
Think about this – your youngster is simply getting over the flu (or one other related virus) and you may lastly see the sunshine on the finish of the tunnel. Immediately, they’re complaining of ache of their legs and might’t even muster the power to stroll or get off the sofa.
As a mother or father, this sounds terrifying. Right here’s the excellent news: If what it’s, it’s not likely that scary. However as a result of it’s uncommon, most dad and mom do not know what’s occurring and assume the worst. It’s referred to as acute viral myositis.
“Additionally known as benign childhood myositis, that is an unusual complication that usually happens on the tail finish of a virus – it causes muscle irritation that may vary from mildly uncomfortable to extra extreme instances the place the muscle groups are so weak, some youngsters really feel like they will’t stroll,” says Dr. Edward Pickens, medical director of UNC Pediatrics at Southpoint. “The commonest indicators and signs we see are fairly excessive muscle ache and soreness. As a result of the calf muscle groups are extra vulnerable to irritation, some youngsters with acute viral myositis will stroll on their tiptoes, whereas some youngsters don’t need to stroll in any respect.”
The excellent news is that it’s a situation that very not often requires remedy – apart from consolation care equivalent to over-the-counter ache relievers equivalent to Tylenol or ibuprofren.
Dr. Pickens says it usually lasts anyplace from 4 to 10 days after which it simply goes away by itself with no lasting results. For these undecided when or if to hunt remedy, Dr. Pickens says if the ache is actually extreme or can’t be comforted by over-the-counter medication, it’s most likely price getting it checked out.
“A easy blood check can verify myositis, which could be vital to rule out different circumstances that might mimic the signs,” Dr. Pickens explains. Whereas Dr. Pickens acknowledges that it’s arduous for folks to do nothing when their youngster is uncomfortable, he explains that that is one situation which you could usually simply watch and wait.
“Issues of myositis are very uncommon, however we’ll often see youngsters going into kidney failure (in any other case referred to as rhabdomyolysis), which could be life-threatening. Mother and father must be looking out for darkish or crimson urine, which may sign kidney issues. If a kidney drawback is suspected, intravenous (IV) fluids will usually flush issues out fairly rapidly,” he stated. However, once more, Dr. Pickens reiterates that this complication is extraordinarily unusual.
Acute viral myositis is most typical in youngsters between the ages of six and eight, and is extra widespread in boys. “There’s a listing of viruses a mile lengthy that may trigger it, however flu is by far the most typical,” Dr. Pickens says.
So there you could have it. In case your youngster has been beneath the climate and immediately complains of leg ache – likelihood is, it’s a easy “run-out-the-clock” state of affairs. And simply possibly, an additional day of snuggles on the sofa.
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