Understand array of hip ailments that can befall children
Wsynovitis remains the most common cause of hip pain in children aged three to eight years. Irritable hip is a diagnosis of exclusion though as many of the signs and symptoms of irritable hip can mirror those of septic arthritis.
Septic arthritis is an infection of a joint space with bacteria. It usually presents with severe pain, inability to weight bear and systemic features such as fever, lethargy and loss of appetite.
This really is a medical emergency as late detection can lead to sepsis ( bacteria in blood) and joint destruction as well as bone infection.
All of this can lead to long- term disability within the affected limb.
All children with a limp and fever should be seen by a health professional as soon as possible. There is no known genetic link for transient synovitis, so rest easy there.