“Growing pains,” also known as benign nocturnal limb pains of childhood, is the name for a common pain syndrome that occurs in children. A French physician coined the term "growing pains" in the 1800s. Despite the name, this type of pain does not tend to occur during a rapid growth phase. In fact, physicians do not understand exactly why growing pains occur. We do know that growing pains are not a result of a disease or other condition. While growing pains cause discomfort, they do not lead to any injury or damage to the bones or joints.
Growing pains occur in about one in four children. Growing pains are slightly more common in girls.
Growing pains typically occur between the ages of 2–12 years.
No rest is needed for children experiencing growing pains. Children can continue to participate in their normal activities. It is important to know that growing pains may occur the night following increased physical activities such a full day of walking or a sports tournament.
Potential treatment options are listed below.
Certain symptoms are not seen in growing pains and patients experiencing these symptoms may require further evaluation by a physician. These symptoms include: