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Our award-winning Kid's Health Magazine is designed to provide healthful information for your growing child. Please Note: Kid's Health Magazine is no longer being printed. Please visit our blog at http://www.choc.org/blog for the latest articles about your child's health from the experts at CHOC Children's. You can also receive our electronic Kid's Health newsletter in your inbox by subscribing to our mailing list: http://www.choc.org/subscribe

Ask Our Experts - Back Pain
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If your child experiences back pain along with chills, fever, lethargy, weight loss or urinary incontinence, contact your physician immediately — don’t wait.

Q. Should I be concerned when my child complains of back pain?
A. Yes. Back pain in children is a concern because it usually indicates something is organically wrong: infection, tumors, inflammation or trauma.

Contact your physician if your child’s back pain:

  • Lasts longer than six weeks
  • Causes your child to give up an enjoyable activity
  • Keeps your child awake at night

Back pain in younger children and adolescents is increasing in this country. This trend is attributed to increased level of athletic participation, poor posture while sitting, and more sedentary activities, such as computers or video games. Long periods of sitting put excessive strain on the lower back, causing it to ache.

Heavy backpacks may also cause low back pain. Children should not carry more than 10 to 15 percent of their body weight. If your child weighs 100 pounds, the backpack should not exceed 15 pounds. If it does, switch to a rolling model. 

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