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Child complains of sore ear, has swollen ankle, red spots on both legs. What should be done?

Hi my 6 year old girl has been complaining of a sore ear for the past couple of nights (i have administered Calpol for this and it seems to be fine now) however last night she complained of a sore ankle and foot , upon inspection her left ankle was swollen and quite warm. I sent her to bed to rest it (after asking her whether she had knocked it and she replied no) this morning it was still quite swollen but was able to walk on it and the pain was not that bad. this evening she now has red spots on both legs from her knee to ankle where she looks like she has been bitten by mosquitos everywhere! We live in Warwickshire UK (NO MOSQUITOS this time of year!) please can you let me know whether I need to take her to a doctor (dont want to waste their time if it is something simple that we can remedy ourselves!) Thanking you in advance Nicola Gilbert
Asked On : Mon, 24 Dec 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Jul 2013
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.

All the symptoms in your child could be due to an allergic or inflammatory reaction secondary to a bacterial or viral infection of her ear.

Generally, these symptoms are self limiting and will wane off spontaneously once the underlying cause (ear infection) is treated.

If you are concerned, please approach a pediatrician for further management.

Hope this information is helpful. Good day
Answered: Fri, 9 Aug 2013
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