Growing pains are common in young children, especially those from about 4 years to 10 years of age. These pains affect boys and girls equally. Although the pains are called growing pains, there is no evidence that they occur as a result of rapid growth. There is no evidence that the bones of the legs are affected by growing pains. The most likely cause is overuse of the muscles in active children who jump around a lot while playing and are very active during the day. The pains are usually worse at night and may actually wake the child. The pains always affec both legs and cause pain in the muscles in front of the thighs, behind the knees and in the calves. There is no sign of swelling or increased warmth or redness of the areas of the legs that are affected by these pains. Importantly your child does not mind the muscles of the thighs or the calves being massaged or rubbed. If the pains are due to a any other more serious cause, your child won't let you touch the painful area. Growing pains can go on for several months or even years and then just suddenly stop. It helps to massage the muscles when your child complains about these growing pains and also helps to give dose of Panado or Calpol syrup when these pains occur.
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