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Growing pains are leg pains that can hurt enough to wake your child at night. Although they can be very painful, they are not serious. They will not cause any long-lasting problems.
Growing pains can start as early as the toddler years, or they can start later in childhood. Sometimes teens have growing pains. After growing pains start, a child may have them off and on for 1 or 2 years.
Not all children have growing pains.
Doctors don't know why children have growing pains. But the pain isn't caused by a child's growth. And it's not caused by a medical problem.
When a child has growing pains:
Growing pains have a certain pattern of symptoms. If you aren't sure if your child's pains are growing pains, talk to your doctor. He or she will ask about your child's pain. If it doesn't fit the usual pattern, the doctor may examine your child.
Your child may have a different problem than growing pains if he or she looks or feels ill, has pain during the day or during an activity, or has pain that gets worse over time. In these cases, your doctor may do more tests.
To help your child feel better:
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsSpecialist Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Current as ofMay 4, 2017
Current as of: May 4, 2017
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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