The limping or non-weight bearing child was an existing Victorian CPG that has been revised then reviewed by CPG Committee members. It will be considered for PIC endorsement on 27 August.
- Most children presenting with a limp do not require investigations
- Observing the child’s gait may help localise the problem and narrow the differential diagnosis
- Acute inability to walk or weight-bear is a red flag
- Septic arthritis is an orthopaedic emergency and should be considered in all limping children with severe localised joint pain and fever