my daughter is almost 3 and complains about her legs hurting alot could it be growing pains?

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Bridget - posted on 01/29/2009

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Signs and Symptoms

Growing pains always concentrate in the muscles, rather than the joints. Most kids report pains in the front of their thighs, in the calves, or behind the knees. Whereas joints affected by more serious diseases are swollen, red, tender, or warm, the joints of kids experiencing growing pains appear normal.

Although growing pains often strike in late afternoon or early evening before bed, pain can sometimes wake a slumbering child. The intensity of the pain varies from child to child, and most kids don't experience the pains every day.
Diagnosing Growing Pains

One symptom that doctors find most helpful in making a diagnosis of growing pains is how the child responds to touch while in pain. Kids who have pain from a serious medical disease don't like to be handled because movement tends to increase the pain. But those with growing pains respond differently — they feel better when they're held, massaged, and cuddled.

Growing pains are what doctors call a diagnosis of exclusion. This means that other conditions should be ruled out before a diagnosis of growing pains is made. A thorough history and physical examination by your doctor can usually accomplish this. In rare instances, blood and X-ray studies may be required before a final diagnosis of growing pains is made.

Kathi - posted on 02/04/2009

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My daughter gets growing pains too for as long as I can remember.  She is 6 now.  She usually likes the gentle massaging and a little Tylenol and she thinks it is kinda cool that I tell her she is just feeling her body grow.  A lot of times kids who are active during the day, the muscle just have a hard time slowing down at night.  I had them too as a kid, I remember!



Hope the doctor ruled everything out, please keep us posted.

Anna - posted on 02/04/2009

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most likely its growing pains.my son had them from an early age.i would just have him sit in the tub with very warm water and that would usually take the pain away within 10 minutes.

Amy - posted on 02/04/2009

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yes could be growing pains, my son has them frequently a they tend to be worse at night, he is tall for his age, I give him tylonal, milk, and he will eat all the time if you have any questions consult your doctor

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Elli - posted on 06/17/2014

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Hi Holly, my daughter has the same thing. I know it's a while now but did you find out if you daughter has growing pains? Or maybe lack of vitamins? Just wanted to know because I am also very worry and our docotr says is growing pains.

Jolene - posted on 05/21/2014

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My daughter is almost 5.and just started to complain her legs hurt. And gets a little fever but the complaining starts before bed.she wants me to rub her legs alot.help I need advice please..I'm a little worried my youngest brother at around this age had some thing in his bone and complained his leg hurt. then got to where he couldnt walk and had to have surgery..

Shasta - posted on 02/04/2009

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i don't know, but pls go get her checked out. a kid died of sudden deep vein thrombosis at that age, her complaint was her legs hurting.

Jodie - posted on 02/04/2009

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Your daughter said it was her knees.. take here to the doctor and have her checked for baker's cyst. It is fluid around the knee cap and behind the knees. It is extremely painful. not a whole lot can be done until the knees swell to the size of a soccer ball but you can minimise the strain and pain by not letting her jump or cross her legs, not sitting on her legs, etc. anything that may cause the knee to have to take pressure or strain. nerophen and panadal is best. nerophen doesn't have panadol in it so you need the combination. My son was diagnosed with this condition last year. It is life long but comes and goes. usually in adult years the knees will be operated on. Hopefully she doesn't have this condition. I wish you well.

Jen - posted on 01/29/2009

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My daughter suffered the same thing and still does, and she is ten now. I have had her legs looked at by the dr and he said growing pains. My sisters daughter has the same thing it can be painful for them. Just get it looked at to be sure but your not alone.

Hollyboutilier - posted on 01/29/2009

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ok so it 105 am and since her bedtime at 8 pm shes woke up 7 times, i think i have to take her to the doctor tommorow morning

Megan - posted on 01/29/2009

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Have you tried giving her extra calcuim? It will give the bones the extra supplemental support they need to grow at such a rapid rate.

Hollyboutilier - posted on 01/29/2009

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she hasent been eating that much but that seems to be an ongoing problem, but some of the other symptoms seems familiar, thanks i think im going to get her checked out

Bridget - posted on 01/29/2009

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When to Call the Doctor

Alert your doctor if any of the following symptoms occur with your child's pain:

* persistent pain, pain in the morning, or swelling or redness in one particular area or joint
* pain associated with a particular injury
* fever
* limping
* unusual rashes
* loss of appetite
* weakness
* tiredness
* uncharacteristic behavior

These signs are not due to growing pains and should be evaluated by the doctor.

Bridget - posted on 01/29/2009

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I don't know with the knee if it is growing pains. I don't have much experience my little girl is younger. But I have never heard my nephews complain about it or my sister talk about it. I would probably check with the pediatrician.

I have a friend whose daughter has a condition where the joints grow faster than the muscles so she always has joint pain. It isn't a big problem just she carries her more and has to use a stroller more (girl is 6).

I wouldn't be hugely worried but I would check it out. Is it both knees at the same time?

Susan - posted on 01/29/2009

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With my youngest who just turned 5, it would be 2 or 3 nights in a row, then maybe again in a month or so. Once I massaged her legs for a few minutes, usually the calves, she'd be okay. I would massage with medium pressure.

Susan - posted on 01/29/2009

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All of my kids experienced that too...usually at night. I would massage their legs and give them ibuprofen if really needed. I believe it was growing pains and each of them got through it.

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