Do you suddenly notice your child limping but don't know the reasons? And is he or she unable to forget about the pain even when playing? If so, you need to study the situation closely. After all, children are generally so absorbed when playing that they forget everything around them, including any pain they may have.
Irritable hip results from a hip joint effusion and generally occurs in children between the ages of four and ten. Some of them will have a slightly raised temperature, but no fever. No one knows exactly what causes it, but it is often preceded by a cold. Occasionally it follows a viral stomach or intestinal infection.
Affected children will experience pain in the hip or groin area that can radiate as far as to the knee. The condition generally affects only one side. Important: You can rule out a fall as the cause of the pain, as an irritable hip originates from an internal source in the form of fluid accumulating in the hip area.