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kids and leg pain
jjc16105 posted:
our 4 yr. old sort of did a split and then fell on his leg. he was coming down the stairs. the next day he said his upper leg hurt and he was favoring it. so we took him to the dr. who gave him a good exam and he felt it was just a contusion/bruise of the muscle. he did not take an xray since he said he highly doubt it was broke by his movement and pain threshold (and to avoid needless radiation).

now three days later he said his leg hurt, and then a little while later he said his knee hurt (on the other leg). he is a very active child and can be rough. could this just be some bumps/bruises/overuse? or still effects from falling? or does this sound serious? everytime he mentions it he then seems to go and do whatever he wants w/no restrictions. i am stressing out over this! any info. would be great thanks!
Haylen_WebMD_Staff responded:
A stressed out mom is not good!

Just to relieve your anxiety, give a call to the doctor's office. Even if it turns out that his leg is just taking its time to heal, peace of mind for you is important.

This might be the first time he noticed that he can get attention for "boo boos" so he's testing it out! When my girls feel ignored, the first thing that happens is some imagined pain!

baby1at35 responded:
It could be muscle strain or "growing pains". My boys tend to have more leg type pain when they are on growth spurts as well.
I would give a call to the pedi if you are concerned. That is what they are there for
Me (42) 2 busy boys 6 yrs and 5 yrs

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