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My 5 yr old wakes up with severe knee pain.  He says it hurts when he bends it.  He fell down the steps this morning going to the bus.  He fell asleep in my lap and I moved his leg and he woke up crying, so I know it is real.

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Hi, Regina,

You really didn't ask anything.  I would suggest to you that if the knee is still like this tomorrow and especially if it is worse, red, hot, or tender, that he see either his doctor or an ER to be sure there is no infection or serious injury.

Good luck, Dr. Olson

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