Are Growing Pains a Pain for Your Child?

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It may sound like a myth, or just an '80s sitcom. But growing pains are no laughing matter to the kids who experience them and know that they're real. If you've ever noticed that your child seems to grow those long, gangly limbs seemingly overnight, then you're not alone.

Children can experience pain when their muscles and tendons don't keep pace with their growing bones, resulting in pain and cramping. It's important to know the difference between these benign growing pains and to see a doctor to rule out any other problems. Recurrent leg pain with redness, swelling, fever, abnormal gait or pain when moving may be something more serious.