What are the symptoms?

Growing pains are felt as intense, cramp-like pain in both legs. They most often affect the calves, shins or ankles, but can also affect the thighs.

The pains develop in the evening or at night (often after more active days), but shouldn't be present in the morning.

Your child's ability to walk shouldn't be affected by growing pains and there should be no signs of Limping in children , physical injury or infection.

If your child's symptoms are different to those described aboveit's unlikely they have growing pains. For example, if only one leg is affected or they're limping. In these cases, takeyour childto see a GP (see below), as they may havean underlying medical condition.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018