How do I know if my child has something more serious than growing pains?
It can be very tricky to differentiate growing pains from more serious problems. Some significant problems can present with fairly benign symptoms. Sometimes the child may complain of pain in the wrong area. For example, hip problems can present as knee pain. Watch for significant pain, so much so that you child cannot perform normal activities. If the pain continues in a significant and persistent fashion, take your child to the doctor for evaluation of other possible causes.
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Symptoms that may point to more serious problems than growing pains include:
  • Pain in the joints
  • Redness, swelling or warmth over the joints or limbs
  • Persistent fever or fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Persistent limp
  • Pain that persists in the morning
  • Pain that affects just one side
  • Prior injury to the painful area

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