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First Aid: Stiff Neck


First AidA stiff neck without other symptoms might be caused by minor muscle strain from sleeping in an odd position or sitting in front of a computer too long.

But other signs may accompany neck stiffness, making it a more serious complaint. For instance, meningitis is a rare infectious illness that can result in stiff neck, headache, and fever.

What to Do

If your child has a stiff or sore neck but no fever or other symptoms:

Seek Medical Care

If Your Child Has a Stiff Neck and:

Think Prevention!

Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: April 2014


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