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Old 11-09-2008 Sunday, 08:58 AM
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My 3 year old has a stiff neck :( UPDATE POST 19

What in the world could cause this? Nicholas got up yesterday morning and he was just fine. As the morning went on, we noticed him tilting his head to one side and complaining of his neck hurting. He can't turn his head from side to side, either. We gave him some Motrin yesterday afternoon, and again at bedtime. He seemed to be getting better (spent the night w/my parents) my mom said, then got up this morning and she said it's really stiff again. She mentioned the dreaded "m" word (meningitis) and I kind of freaked out.
If this is still going on tonight, I'm staying home with him tomorrow and taking him to the doctor. Any ideas?
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Old 11-09-2008 Sunday, 09:10 AM
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If I couldn't think of anything else to attribute it to I would probably get in with the doc. That's one of those things I'm not willing to 'wait and see' on. I'll wait out an ear infection, cold, or other minor illness, but I'd rather be the overly cautious mom when it comes to that. I'm sure the doctor would feel the same way. Isn't time a huge factor in the dreaded M word?
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Old 11-09-2008 Sunday, 09:17 AM
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I just paged my pediatrician. He's not had any fever or loss of appetite. But he is complaining of not feeling good. Poor baby. I hope the doc calls back soon!
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Old 11-09-2008 Sunday, 09:19 AM
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I hope you get some answers soon and Nicholas starts to feel better. I wouldn't wait either, I'm glad you called the dr.
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Old 11-09-2008 Sunday, 09:30 AM
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I'm glad you called too. He might have just slept wrong, but just in case... BTW, this might even be a case for me that I would still go the the hospital if my doc doesn't think it's anything. I think time IS an issue with meningitis, although I know nothing more about it. Hope your report is good.

ETA: I know google is not my friend, but here is a link that might be helpful...

How To Rule out Meningitis as a Cause of a Stiff Neck

Stiff necks can be annoying, but they might also be a sign of a serious infection, tumor or other problem that does not originate in the neck. Meningitis is an infection in the membrane and fluid of the brain that could (if it is the bacterial kind) require medical attention ASAP.
So if you are experiencing a stiff neck, it is a good idea to try to rule out meningitis as the cause. If, after reading this you cannot, please see a doctor as soon as possible.
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Old 11-09-2008 Sunday, 09:57 AM
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Hope you get to talk to the doc soon!
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Old 11-09-2008 Sunday, 10:16 AM
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Hannah had this last week. A really bad headache and a stiff neck, so I took her in on the side of caution. We know of a little boy that had just had viral meningitis and I just wanted to make sure. Hannah's was just attributed to allergies and sinus infection, but I am glad I had her checked. I would take him in just to be safe. My doctor also said that usually kids that have meningitis are curled up from the pain, but you never know.
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Old 11-09-2008 Sunday, 10:46 AM
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Oh girl, will be praying! I would take him in just to be safe too...
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Old 11-09-2008 Sunday, 10:46 AM
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He may have just been playing too hard. I hope he feels better soon.
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Old 11-09-2008 Sunday, 11:43 AM
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Oh, Kristin...I hope you find out what it is soon.
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Old 11-09-2008 Sunday, 01:58 PM
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Thinking of you! I hate to say, "M" was the first thing I thought of too. Let's hope it's something much less serious. Please keep us posted!
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Any updates? Keeping you all in my thoughts...
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Old 11-09-2008 Sunday, 05:28 PM
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Praying it's nothing serious!!! KUP!!!
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Any updates? I hope everything is ok.
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Thinking of you! I hate to say, "M" was the first thing I thought of too. Let's hope it's something much less serious. Please keep us posted!
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