Childhood Diseases

Posted by: BMJ | 2010-08-30


Complains of sore hands

Dear Doc

My 3 and a half year old son complains every morning that his hands are sore. He has tea from a sippy cup and would drop it a few times - like he cant get a proper hold of it. The complaint is usually only then and he does not mention it again. He still has his baby chubbynes so it is hard to see any swelling - they look fine to me. No redness. I asked him where his hands are are sore and he makes littke fists and says like this it is sore. Otherwise (apart from a mild cold) he is in very good health.

Do you think I should do anything about it?

Thank you

Expert's Reply



It is unusual for a young child to be so specific about having pain in his hands. Also your son appears to be dropping his cup rather often or cannot hold it properly. Children of this age may occasionally develop rhaumatoid arthritis.Early on there may be very little to see such as swelling or redness of the fingers or hand.It would be best to ask your paediatrician to see him.Hopefully he will find that there is nothing wrong but it is important to be certain about this.

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