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Growth doesn't hurt, at least not physically. These pains invariably come on at night and awaken the child who complains, "My legs hurt." You can soothe these sore legs by massaging, and your child will grow out of them. I believe many of these pains are muscle strains left over from daylong jumping and twisting. Also, I have observed children whose pains subsided after an arch and heel lift was put into their shoes, taking some of the strain off leg muscles during standing and walking, especially in a child with pronated flat feet. See Flat Feet.
The characteristics of growing pains are:
Signs that demand medical attention, and should not be attributed to growing pains are: