Back pain in children is not like back pain in adults. Compared to an adult, a child with a backache is more likely to have a serious underlying disorder. This is especially true if the child is 4 years old or younger, or if a child of any age has back pain accompanied by:
• Fever or weight loss
• Weakness or numbness
• Trouble walking
• Pain that radiates down one or both legs
• Bowel or bladder problems
• Pain that keeps the child from sleeping
More serious causes of back pain need early identification and treatment or they may become worse.