DS is almost 5. He and his sister have had colds for the past week, but nothing major. No fever, eating well, etc. DS' cold has been even milder than his sister's, he's had just a sniffle, really.
So today we are running around doing errands and he is happy as a clam. We have a big snack at our food co-op and then we go to the grocery store. He's skipping about and dashes over to look at a holiday food display. As he came back to me he suddenly started saying, "Ow, ow, my neck " and started to cry. He cried throughout the store as I hurried to grab our stuff and we made a fast exit. In fact he asked me to put him IN the cart and push him out of the store. Mind you he weighs nearly 50 lbs. and has not ridden in a shopping cart since he was 2.5 years old.
So all afternoon he just wanted to lay on the recliner and watch t.v. I gave him a warm buckwheat sack that seemed to help. He couldn't turn his head at all and would cry when it was time to get up to go to the bathroom, etc. But, he was not lethargic, or feverish. He just didn't want to move because of the neck soreness. He ate very well and by tonight seemed better, but it was not totally gone. He still would complain if he moved around too much or too quickly.
I had him take a warm shower before bed and gave him a banana for potassium.
This isn't likely to be serious, right? I know I've had this happen to me and it will drive me crazy for a day and then my neck goes back to normal, usually overnight.
I read up on things like meningitis and it seems like you really would see other symptoms like high fever, flu-like symptoms, and photophobia.
Has anyone else's child had a stiff neck like this? I'm going to call the dr. in the morning if he is still complaining.