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Scoliosis in Children
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Scoliosis is an abnormal curving of the spine. Scoliosis can develop at any age in children, but often starts during adolescence.
- Pain medicine: Your child may be given a prescription medicine to decrease pain. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you give this medicine to your child.
- Do not give aspirin to children under 18 years of age. Your child could develop Reye syndrome if he takes aspirin. Reye syndrome can cause life-threatening brain and liver damage. Check your child's medicine labels for aspirin, salicylates, or oil of wintergreen.
- Give your child's medicine as directed. Contact your child's healthcare provider if you think the medicine is not working as expected. Tell him or her if your child is allergic to any medicine. Keep a current list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs your child takes. Include the amounts, and when, how, and why they are taken. Bring the list or the medicines in their containers to follow-up visits. Carry your child's medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your child's healthcare provider or orthopedic specialist as directed:
Your child may need to return for more tests. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Back brace or cast:
Your child may need to wear a brace or cast to keep his back from getting worse. Most braces are small and light and may be worn under clothes. Ask for more information on how to care for or use a cast or back brace.
Contact your child's healthcare provider or orthopedic specialist if:
- Your child has a fever.
- You have questions or concerns about your child's condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- Your child has back pain that is worse or does not go away after he takes pain medicine.
- Your child has problems urinating or having bowel movements.
- Your child has shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, or noisy breathing.
- Your child has trouble moving his legs.
- Your child's legs are numb, weak, or he cannot feel them.
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