Most episodes of back pain in children are nothing to worry about. Kids might not need any treatment other than rest and over-the-counter pain relievers.

However, in rare cases, a child's back pain can be a sign of a more serious problem. You should call your child's pediatrician if 

  • your child is younger than 5 and complains about back pain.
  • your child of any age has back pain along with a fever, leg weakness, a change in bowel or bladder control, weight loss or morning stiffness that lasts longer than 30 minutes. 
  • your child's pain is so severe that they have trouble with sleep or normal activities.

CHKD orthopedic surgeons provide comprehensive care to young people with everything from mild backaches to spinal malformations at five convenient locations throughout Hampton Roads. Learn more about how we can help your child at or by calling (757) 668-6550.