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Should I talk to a doctor about my child's juvenile osteoporosis symptoms?

Osteoporosis is rare in children but serious, since childhood is a crucial time for bone growth. If your child is exhibiting symptoms of osteoporosis, such as persistent pain in the legs, lower back, and feet, you should see a doctor. If your child also has a medical condition and is taking medication to treat it, this may be a contributing factor to one type of the disease called secondary juvenile osteoporosis. Your doctor will be able to determine whether your child's symptoms are a result of osteoporosis through a physical exam and specialized tests that measure bone density.

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