Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Kate | 2011/02/07


5 year old with ''growing pains'' in shin bones

My 5 year old son occasionally complains about a sore leg. Usually during the night. I am riddle with fear that it may be something worse but my husband said that he was plagued with ''''growing pains'''' in his shin bones as a child.

My son describes the feeling as being cold and sore on top of his shin. So it is not a muscle ache in the leg. I rub his legs and warm him up but I eventually resort to giving him some pain medication.

As I mentioned, it is not all the time and months can go by without his leg or legs being sore. Should I be more concerned?

He also suffers from headaches but he has dust allergies and sinus.

Expert's Reply



This does sound like growing pains. Your son is the right age for this complaint and he usually complains about the pain at night. There is no obvious swelling or redness in the part of his leg where he says he has the pain. You are treating him correctly.

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