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Child having fever and back pain after falling from bed, swollen spot on the back. Is it serious?

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Posted on Sat, 23 Jun 2012
Question: My son is 5 years old . On night from Saturday to Sunday he fell of his bed. Today ( Monday ) he got fever(101.5), started complain about back pain . There is swollen spot on his beck close to a spine. He sad that it hurts when he laid down, reach up , when I touch his back or when I ask him to touch his chin to his chest . He is not miserable.
Is this something serious?
Should I take him to emergency room or can I wait and take him to his pediatrician tomorrow

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Answered by Dr. Ajit Naniksingh Kukreja (1 hour later)
Hi

Thanks for Posting your query

Firstly it is Thursday here in India - Your history says it is Monday There ? [Your Today is Monday]

The history you provided is suggestive of a blunt injury
If he had fallen on the side where there is a swelling there are chances that he would have developed a hematoma [Bleeding In layer below the skin of the back or a small tear in the fibres of the muscle leading to the swelling]

There are remote chances that the collected blood has got infected and that has resulted in the temperature and pain to touch[Tender]

If the skin over the swelling is Red/Tensed/ and/or Hot ,I would recommend It would be better if you can take hime to an emergency room

Get a CBC done, A High Resolution Sonography and as per the reports and clinical examination start treatment

Hope I have answered all your queries, in case you need any clarification write back

wishing your son a speedy recovery.

Regards.
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Child having fever and back pain after falling from bed, swollen spot on the back. Is it serious?

Hi

Thanks for Posting your query

Firstly it is Thursday here in India - Your history says it is Monday There ? [Your Today is Monday]

The history you provided is suggestive of a blunt injury
If he had fallen on the side where there is a swelling there are chances that he would have developed a hematoma [Bleeding In layer below the skin of the back or a small tear in the fibres of the muscle leading to the swelling]

There are remote chances that the collected blood has got infected and that has resulted in the temperature and pain to touch[Tender]

If the skin over the swelling is Red/Tensed/ and/or Hot ,I would recommend It would be better if you can take hime to an emergency room

Get a CBC done, A High Resolution Sonography and as per the reports and clinical examination start treatment

Hope I have answered all your queries, in case you need any clarification write back

wishing your son a speedy recovery.

Regards.