Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: MRS NTEMA | 2009/03/10

Q.

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MY 5YEAR OLD DAUGHTER HAS A PROBLEM WITH HER LEGS, ESPECIALLY AFTER SCHOOL WHILE WALKING HOME SHE WOULD COMPLAIN THAT HER LEGS ARE PAINFUL AND WOULD STOP EVERY NOW AND THEN. THIS OTHER DAY I FORCED HER TO KEEP WALKING TILL WE GET HOME WHEN WE ARRIVED AT THE GATE SHE FELL AND COULDN' T GET UP AGAIN COMPLAINING OF PAINFUL LEGS. WHAT COULD BE CAUSING THIS? IM REALLY WORRIED

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

It is difficult to be sure about your daughter's problem without being able to examine her. She may have a common problem at this age called growing pains, but in most cases children complain about painful legs when they are in bed, not while walking. I am concerned that your daughter fell and could not get up again. She may have a viral condtion affecting the nerves of her legs at this time which is called Guillain-Barre syndrome. I would like you to take her to be examined by a paediatrician

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