Growing pains are aches or pains, usually in the lower legs, that develop in the evening or night.Children aged between three and 12 may be affected.Although they can be distressing, growing pains are fairly common anddon't cause long-term harm.

Despite the name, there's no clear evidence to suggest that growing pains are the result of growth spurts. This is why some doctors prefer to use the term 'recurrent nocturnal limb pain in children'.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 28 Nov 2016