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2 year old having crick in neck. Crying on movement. What caused it and remedy?

My 2 year old woke up with a crick in his neck . He cried everytime he moved. Now it s 5 hours later & he is still laying in bed saying he can t move, his neck hurts. I ve heard illnesses can cause this so I was just checking what other signs a serious illness might cause so I can make sure it s just a crick caused from sleeping in a bad position.
Asked On : Wed, 2 May 2012
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Thanks for writing to health care magic.

Pain in the neck could be caused by several problems.
It could be minor most of the time like a muscle problem or a major problem like meningitis. Infection of the meninges can cause neck stiffness. But you have not mentioned any history of poor feeding, vomiting, fever etc. do not worry.

Is there any history of trauma? Did the child fall some where? If there is no such significant history most cases of stiff neck could be because of poor posture etc.
Simple analgesics and rest can help to ameliorate the symptoms.

Hope this helps.
Take care
Answered: Sat, 9 Mar 2013
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