Our expert says:
Dear Growing pains
Yes they are real and very sore too! One always has to let a pediatrician just check that he does not have any underlying disease like a cancer in the bone, or hormonal or renal disorders that causes very low blood calcium. If his physical examination, x/rays and blood tests are normal, try giving him ½ berocca calcium daily, and give him something like Ponstan and put a hot water bottle on the affected limb when it is painful. I personally think it has something to do with overexertion of the legs – my son tended to get this after playing tennis and I remember as child that I also had these pains in my legs after a physically tiring day.
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