Growing pains are often categorised as muscular pain experienced in the legs of children between the ages of 3-5 years and 8-11 years. Symptoms are often felt in the calf, front of thigh or behind the knees – and it is often worse in the afternoon or evening. Symptoms subside by morning.
At this stage the cause of growing pains is not determined. Some think it could be due to bones growing however this is not conclusive. Fortunately, it is harmless although the child can be in a lot of pain. Growing pains do not affect how your child walks or runs and they do not make the child feel unwell. It is often seen in children who do a lot of physical activity.
Things to look out for:
Diagnosing growing pains
A practitioner will diagnose growing pains after ruling out all other causes of leg pain including:
Treatment of growing pains
How we can help
Our practitioners will be able to help diagnose your child’s pain, offer reassurance, treatment and management advice. They can liaise with other health professionals to ensure your child is getting the best treatment possible.