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6 year old with stomach, joint and leg pain. Growing pain?

Hi, my 6 year old daughter has been complaining of stomach pain and joint pain in her legs off and on for the past couple of months. Within the last week and half it seems to have intensified. We have taken her to her pediatrician but she has said that the stomach ache was probably just gas and that the leg pain was growing pains. Do I need to be concerned that this could be something much more serious?
Asked On : Thu, 4 Apr 2013
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Pediatrician 's  Response

Thank you for your query.

Let us address the two issues separately. Considering abdominal pain:
1. When does it occur? How long does it last? How is it relieved?
2. Any relationship with meals?
3. Any history of vomiting and/or constipation?
Answers to the questions will help us to give you a better guidance.

Regarding pain in leg and joint:
1. Since when is the pain there?
2. Which joints are affected?
3. How is the pain relieved?
4. Any problem in her gait?
If the pain is increasing then it needs to be evaluated and accordingly investigated and treated.

I hope I have answered your query to your satisfaction.

Wishing your daughter an early recovery.


Rajiv K Khandelwal
Answered: Thu, 4 Apr 2013
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Pediatrician Dr. Sanjay Sharma's  Response
Thanks for your concern.
Recurrent tummy aches & leg pains are very common in children of this age and can last for weeks or months.
Most of the time there is no specific or serious cause found & they respond to simple measures & reassurance.
Although they are a normal part of childhood, growing pains do hurt, and she will benefit from your reassurance, gentle touch, and attention.
You can try .
•Gently massage the aching area.
•Apply a heating pad to the area .
If there is no response to above measures can try panadol syp in appropriate doses.
As long as she is gaining weight,is active & energetic, not running fever & not throwing up you can be reassured that there is no serious undiagnosed illness.
If problems are a daily occurrence or getting worse it is worth exploring the issues of mental stress/ bullying in school etc.
Hope you find the information useful.
Best regards.

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