Hip pain in children is most often caused by a condition called irritable hip, which usually gets better on its own. But it should always be checked because it could be a sign of something serious.

Ask for an urgent GP appointment or go to A&E if your child:

  • gets sudden pain in their hip, thigh or knee (hip problems can sometimes be felt in the thigh or knee)
  • is limping or can’t put any weight on one leg

They probably just have irritable hip (inflammation of the hip joint). This isn’t serious and gets better by itself.

But they should be checked to rule out anything like a broken bone or infected joint (septic arthritis).

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Treatment for irritable hip

Irritable hip normally gets better in 1 or 2 weeks and doesn’t cause lasting problems.

You can usually look after your child at home. Sometimes they may need to stay in hospital for a few days if they’re in a lot of pain.

While looking after your child at home: