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HI! There is nothing wrong with your son. He is perfectly normal and healthy! My oldest 2 children are both boys. My oldest is now 10 and when he was about 2 he went through the same thing. Him being my first child, I was quite freaked out. The leg pains, the screaming from the pain, waking in the middle of the night, fevers...I took him to the doc and she said not to worry. Still freaked out months later she sent him to the childrens hospital for xrays, ultrasounds and to see a specialist. As it turns out she was right...there's nothing to worry about...all it was (and still is) growing pains. Doctors swear there is no such thing. But there is. If your child is growing fast he/she will have the pains. My son is 10 now and is almost 5' tall. He just turned 10 I might add. My 6 year old son just started having these pains. He's half a head shorter than my 10 year old.

This is what I did to help my son: I would give him some tylenol or motrin for children and I would hold him and talk to him and rub his leg where it hurt. Sometimes I would help him "stretch" out the leg that was hurting. The specialist said that these pains are ofter like "charlie horses" or cramping of the muscle. They will get better in time. As your son goes through growth spurts the pains will be worse than other times. Time...and paitence...everything will be fine!

I took my oldest to the doc recently for similar problems. Doc said it was growing pains. Kids grow so fast at times that the ligaments have to stretch themselves to catch up. The stretching causes the pain. Our doc said if there is no redness, swelling, and the area is not "hot" to the touch. Then more than likely it is growing pains. Usually a dose of Tylenol and a really hot bath do the trick. I don't know if this sounds like what your child is experiencing, but take this as a suggestion. It can be pretty painful. I had it growing up and so did my father.

Also swimming helps the most. Non impact movement that works the muscles seems to do the most. As long as we keep our son in the pool for a couple hours a week, he seems to have less episode.s
My husband hurt his back, my son is getting repeated eye infections, I have my own issues, and I wasn't about to post my daughters issues on these boards too (LOL) but since you brought it up~ my just turned 4 year old daughter is going through the same thing. Doctor said it was growing pains. I have done a ton of research and it could be many things but most likely it's nothing. My son went through this too, both my children are VERY VERY tall, but the difference is although my son cried alot that it hurt, he didn't freak out in sheer terror like my daughter does, she kicks, and jerks her legs trying to do anything I guess to ease the pain. It breaks my heart. I massage her legs, I gave her Tylenol and after 4 hours, she finally fell asleep. This happens a few times a week, then maybe nothing for a week or two, and then it happens again. Some days she's very active, like more than others. Also, I read if it's only at night, that's most likely growing pains, but if they complain during the day, have fevers, etc...that is might be worth it to look into it further. Regardless of what anyone says, you know your child best and have to ease your mind. My husband tends to be like our pediatrician, although he's great, but most take the wait and see approach. As mothers, that's harder to do!
So, do what makes you feel comfortable to ease your mind and hopefully help your son too! It's so hard b/c so many conditions have multiple symptoms that point to alot, so...it's hard for us mommies! Best of luck and keep us posted!