Are growing pains a real diagnosis?
QMy grandson is 10 and has started complaining of pain in his calves at night. Our GP says it’s growing pains, but is that a real diagnosis? I thought that was an old wives’ tale. Cathy, Dudley
AYes, it is, and is quite common. Growing pains usually occur between the ages of three and 12 and the pain classically occurs at night, often after an active day. Paracetamol will help ease the pain, but you should see your GP again if your grandson develops symptoms such as a limp, pain only in one leg, a fever or swelling in the joints.