Prevalence of "growing pains" in young children

J Pediatr. 2004 Aug;145(2):255-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2004.04.045.


We estimated the prevalence of recurrent leg pains, often described as "growing pains" in children 4 to 6 years of age in South Australia. We used a survey of the parents of children 4 to 6 years of age, using a validated questionnaire previously developed for this purpose. The sample was systematic and randomized across rural and urban regions, with a total of 1445 valid responses achieved. Frequency statistics were used to obtain the prevalence estimate. The prevalence estimate obtained was 36.9% (95% CI, 32.7-41.1). This study estimated the prevalence of growing pains in a well-designed sample by using a validated instrument of measure. Previous studies have not addressed this age range discretely. The prevalence estimate demonstrates the community impact of this often disregarded condition.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Growth Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Humans
  • Pain / epidemiology*
  • Pain / etiology
  • Prevalence
  • Random Allocation
  • Surveys and Questionnaires