Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Natalie | 2008/10/21


Growing Pains

Dear Dr.,

My son is now 3,5yrs old &  for the last month complains of pain in his legs (no specific area - knees, thighs etc)). He sometimes is in so much pain taht I have to give him ped. pain syrup. The pain not only appears at night but also during the day-time while he is at playschool. He is one of a twin, our other son does not have these symptoms. I have read in a " child/parent"  magazine that if a child has aches &  pains in their joints it is best to consult your doctor, as it can be something as severe as cancer etc. Unfortunately we do not have an paediatrician in our area (Brits, North West), will a GP be able to make a diagnoses? But before I jump the gun, is it possible for his age to experince growing pains?

Your feedback would be highly appreciated

Kind Regards,

Expert's Reply



Growing pains do occur at your son's age. As long as your son does not have any fever and in particular no swelling or redness or increased warmth of any of his joints there would normally be no need for concern.It is unusual that your son's pains are present during the day as well and this factor alone is sufficiently unusual to make it necessary to see a doctor. It would be best to see paediatrician even though this is difficult for you.

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Posted by: william | 2008/11/28

my son is 4 years old and at nights he cries with pains in his knees. he is active during the day. the next morning he does not remember keeping us awake all night as all pain is gone.

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