Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: A mom | 2009-09-16

Q.

Sore foot/leg

My son has just turned 3, and about 2 weeks before his birthday, he woke up one night crying/moaning that his leg was sore. I couldn' t see or feel anything, but just massaged it, for a while, and eventually gave him some Panado.

I read that at this age they get " growing pains" , which is just when they have had an active day, and their legs get sore at night. It has happened a few more times - either his leg or his foot. Each time, ending in Panado, but once that wears off, he cries again.

My hubby thought that he is putting it on, but if that was the case, then when he wakes, he wouldn' t keep complaining about the same leg (not that it' s the same leg every night that he wakes).

Is this normal, is it " growing pains" , or should I have this checked out, as I' m not sure what to do. If it' s normal, how should I handle it? Could he be lacking something in his food or getting too much of something? Any advise, please.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

This does appear to be due to growing pains which occurs in young children especially at this age. To be sure of this cause your son must not have a fever and there must be no redness, increased warmth or swelling of any of the joints of his legs or indeed of any part of his legs. The correct treatment is Panado. This problem can be quite persistent in some children and may last for many months but often only lasts for a week or two and then disappears.

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