Backaches are not common in children, so donít ignore
the complaint if your child has a persistent backache for
more than 2 to 3 days.
CAUSES: Unaccustomed, undue or sudden exertion could cause a backache. Has your child recently joined a gym
or yoga or karate classes? Has he developed a new interest
in athletics? If he looks otherwise well, wait for a few
days more and things should settle down. An older child having emotional problems at home or in school may also present
with backache. Backache could be a part of a flu-like
illness presenting with fever and generalised body ache and relieved by
paracetamol. But if the pain persists for over a
week, call your doctor.
The spine is made up of a number of small bones called vertebrae, each separated by a disc from its
The pain could be due to a disease of the vertebrae or the
disc. The cause could be an acute infection or even a chronic infection like tuberculosis. Scoliosis (curvature of the
spine), rheumatic diseases or even malignant diseases
like tumours and leukaemia can also cause backache. But this
is not common.
Sometimes, the pain may not be related to the spine. For instance, a child with urinary infection may also
complain of pain in one or both sides of the lower back.
TREATMENT: Depends upon the cause.
11 February, 2013