What can I do about growing pains???

Kat - posted on 05/19/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My daughter just turned 6 on Sunday and over the past week she's been telling my husband and I that her leg hurts. She told a friend about the leg pain and her friend whos older told her it was growing pain and that's what I think it is too... My question is there anything i can do for her to help ease the pain?? She seems like she's in a lot of pain and all she wants to do when it starts to hurt is sit down. I know some of it might be her "over acting" the pain but I can see the pain in her face sometimes and I don't know what i can do to help ease it if there is anything i can do.

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Kat - posted on 05/24/2011

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thank you ink and katherine... we changed up her diet and her vitamins and so far it seems to be working but I thank you for your help.

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Katherine - posted on 05/20/2011

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Sometimes "growing pains" are actually shin splints. My daughter had them and she was in a lot of pain.



I gave her Tylenol to help with it.

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Applesauce has potassium...and that helps one of my twin girls. (age 9)
The school nurse started it...she gave her "an applesauce for her pain."
Now the child will come to you at 3am and tell you she "needs an applesauce for her pain."

Kat - posted on 05/20/2011

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thank you Barb and September, I'm definatly going to make sure she's getting the stuff to need and hopefully that will help with the pain.

September - posted on 05/19/2011

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In addtion to a healthy diet you could give her some tylenol as well. Poor thing! I hope that she gets to feeling better soon!

Barb - posted on 05/19/2011

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JuLeah gives good advice. The bones need Vitamin D (best found in sunshine and leafy green veggies like spinach, broccoli, kale) to absorb the calcium. Getting it from milk is not a good idea as milk has alot of protein in it and too much protein in the blood will make it acidic and it will actually leech calcium from the bones.

Potassium will help with muscle cramps that occur as well as lots and lots of water!!

Epsom salt baths helped my son as well.

My son is 6' 8" and was 6' 2" when he entered high school. So we had some growing pains to deal with also.

Oh! yes, garlic helps move the blood through the body. This will also help with cramping in the muscles as the bones grow and pull on those ligaments and tendons.

I don't know if it is okay to use on someone at 6 years old, but around 12 we used icy/hot on Jr's legs, that also seemed to help. But i'd check what the appropriate age is to use that.

Kat - posted on 05/19/2011

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thank you for your reply JuLeah I hadn't even thought about all that... She takes a daily vitamn in the afternoon but maybe I will give it to her in the morning and see if that helps at all... (the morning is when she complains about her leg to me) But I will defintly make sure she's getting her calcium, vitamin D, and potassium... I'll have to check out her vitamins and see what the first ingredient is since I don't know off hand... But again thank you

JuLeah - posted on 05/19/2011

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She getting enough Calcium vitamin D and Potassium?

Dark greens, organic dairy, bananas, and a lot of sunshine. Take supplements if needed, but make sure they are of quality. So, if the first ingredient is corn syrup or sugar, pass on that brand. If it contains red dye number whatever, pass on that too.

Also, water - dehydration can cause leg pains.

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