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Growing pains

Pains that occur in children during periods of rapid growth, usually localized in the legs, and affecting the child at night. Pain is caused by differing growth rates in different tissues and probably stems from painful stretching of nerves and blood vessels in and around the muscles. It is important in such cases to bear in mind other possible sources of muscular pain, such as excessive exertion. There are also a number of disorders of the muscles and some rheumatic disorders associated with muscular pain. Growing pains generally need no treatment.

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