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Limping in children


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Common causes of limping in children are a sprain or strain, or a broken bone. But a limp without an obvious cause should always be checked by a GP.

Depending on what’s causing your child's limp, a GP may advise you to treat it at home or refer them to a specialist if it's more serious.

Limping in children is not usually serious and could be caused by something minor like a sprain or strain. But see a GP if the cause is not obvious.

Page last reviewed: 06/01/2022
Next review due: 06/01/2025