Joint and skeletal pain is often caused by overuse, injury, or a bacterial infection. A bacterial infection in the joint can be a serious condition because the bacteria can cause serious damage to the cartilage.
There are two ways in which bacteria can infect a joint:
Bacteria can also cause a bone infection. Osteomyelitis is an infection of the long tubular bones, commonly caused by the staphylococcus bacteria. Like joint infections, bone infections can be the result of a direct injury or bacteria spreading through the bloodstream from another infection.
Symptoms include pain in the infected area, which leads children to avoid moving the painful body part. Infection causes the join to swell and become hot and tender, and your child may have a fever. Younger children may have less pronounced symptoms, such as limping.
Call 911 or your doctor immediately if your child:
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