Posted by: kiki | 2008/07/28


Growing Pains?

Hi Doc,

My daughter has just turned 2 years old. She has been complaining quite a bit about pain in her legs - both of them. The complaints are intermittent and quite often happen at night. Last night she woke up crying that her legs were sore (over her knee and onto her shins). To appease her and make her feel like mommy can make it better I usually rub some cream on her legs. Every now and then when the cream doesn' t do the trick I give her half a teaspoon of Panado syrup.

My question is - are these just normal growing pains or should I be concerned?

Look foward to your response.

Expert's Reply



As long as your daughter appears well and does not have a fever and there is no swelling or redness over the parts of her legs where she complains of pain then growing pains are likely. The only problem here is that she is very young to be complaining of these pains and it would be best to ask her paediatrian to check her to make sure that all is well.

The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical exmanication, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.

user comments


Posted by: chantal | 2008/11/04

Hi my 4 year old daughter is complaining that her legs, knees, feet, hands are sore. I assume that this could be growing pains and what should I do. should i take her to the doctor

Reply to chantal
Posted by: Rentia | 2008/07/28

HI there,
My daughter will be six in October and I have the same problem - I have taken her to a GP and she said after a total check up that it must be growing pains.
I do apply a cream for muscle pains to her at night - but one can see that she really have pain and nothing seems to work.
I really have simpathy for her because I can remember my growing pains some 28 years later.
Is there really " nothing"  one can do to ease the pain?
PS - all of the best for other mothers with kids with these problems because I know how helpless one can feel.

Reply to Rentia

Want to comment?

Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.
Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.