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My daughter has been complaining of pain in right knee for the last few days.  She seems to be getting around okay but complains several times a day that it hurts, particularly while on the stairs although she has complained at other times as well.  There is no swelling or redness.  I am just wondering at what point I should take her to her doctor.

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You have not mentioned her age. Did she fall or got injured in some way. In that case the pain should subside. If there is no swelling probably there is nothing serious. Can she bend and straighten her leg fully? This also rules out any serious illness. If the  pain persists for more than a week it is better to seek consultation.  

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Dr. Arun Kumar Suri

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I can answer questions in the field of general pediatrics-questions regarding the development of children, immunization, feeding, weaning and common childhood problems like fever, cough and recurrent illness. Many of these topics are dealt with on my website Healthy Family Happy Family. Often a mother imagines that her child is sick when in fact there is no problem. Such a mother needs explanation and reassurance. I will not be able to answer specific questions regarding diagnosis.

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I have more than 20 years of experience as a Pediatrician. I have been involved in the care of premature babies and also many critically ill children.

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I am attached to a Mission hospital in a small town in the Kannur dist. of Kerala in India. I also have my private clinic in a nearby place.

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Most of my articles are on my website Healthy Family Happy Family. I have also contributed articles to Ezine Articles and Article City. I believe that Pediatrics is more than treating diseases in children. I advocate holistic approach to child health and problems of children giving equal importance to physical, psychological and spiritual health of children.

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M.B.B.S. D.C.H. I have completed a distant course in adolescent health conducted by IMA AKN SINHA INSTITUTE. I have also completed an online course on Ayurvedic care of children conducted by Jiva Institute.

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My website has been recognized by HONcode for trustworthy information on health. It has also been listed by familyfriendlysites.com/, healthdirectorymoz.com/Child-Health/ and medindia.net.

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