It is important to make sure you do not call all leg pain in kids "growing pains," and if the pain doesn't fit the criteria I just mentioned, it likely needs to be evaluated further. Pain that only occurs in one leg, or occurs in the joints, is not growing pains. If there is any swelling or color change of the legs along with the pain, it is not growing pains. If the pain does not resolve with some Tylenol and a night's sleep, it is not growing pains.
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