2 yr old growing pains?

Erika - posted on 11/21/2008 ( 11 moms have responded )

4

0

0

My 2 1/2 year old boy has (what we are hoping are) growing pains in his legs, knees or ankles almost every night for a few months and then they go away for a few months and then they come back again. This started when he turned two, it seems a bit young to me. Anybody else had this problem? And other than a heating pad, how did you get them to go away?

MOST HELPFUL POSTS

Heather - posted on 11/24/2008

12

16

0

Is he really tall for his age? My oldest is going to be around 6'5" or taller, and most of his height is in his legs :) Anyway, he had "growing pains" in his legs when he was younger, soooo, extra calcium (the soft chews are great) to help with muscle spasms in the legs due to the muscles being stretched really helps, and its a natural product which is always a good thing. Good luck :)

Christine - posted on 11/21/2008

2

10

1

Our 2 year old just experienced these growing pains a couple weeks ago, but the duration was only for about 48 hours. We gave him some Tylenol, which seemed to help. They seemed to come on when he was going to sleep. We asked his pediatrician about it, but he was not overly concerned as it lasted only two days. So anyway....just know there is another two year old out there w/ a similar experience. :)

Kelly - posted on 11/21/2008

2

34

0

Try massagin the area with baby lotion everyday, its just the same as when we get aching shoulders hope this helps xxx

Vincenza-Lee - posted on 11/21/2008

2

14

1

Hi there, my younger sister had similar pains, although they were in all her joints and she was extremely lethargic. Unfortunately it was not growing pains for her, it was acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, Im not saying your son has this, but i would urge you to consult your family doctor. Vincenza

Helen - posted on 11/21/2008

8

3

2

All 5 of my children have had growing pains. They will go away eventually. My kids all responded well to massages with Arnica oil or a light oil w/a drop or two of lavender essential oil. Arnica homeopathic tablets are worked well too. Good luck

This conversation has been closed to further comments

11 Comments

View replies by

V - posted on 10/26/2012

6

0

0

"Growing pains" don't usually start that early and they aren't really from growing. Do some research on it. Look on the NIH website and mayoclinic not yahoo and things like that.



also..here is a quote from a site I read about it.



"It can be tricky to tell. In fact, children are sometimes thought to have growing pains when something more serious is going on, so be sure to talk with the doctor if your child has unexplained pain.



The doctor will make a diagnosis largely by making sure that nothing else is causing the pain. Pain in the legs can be caused by restless leg syndrome (RLS), for example, and pain in the extremities can sometimes signal something serious like an infection, a fracture, a tumor, leukemia, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, or other joint problems.



There are some symptoms that can help with a diagnosis. Growing pains generally last only about ten to 15 minutes, and they usually affect both sides of the body similarly (although not necessarily at the same time). The pain is usually felt deep in the muscles, not in the joints. Growing pains do not cause fever, chills, redness, swelling, limping, or joint pain.



The following symptoms may indicate that something more serious is going on.



Your child's pain is coming from one particular spot and is so severe that it wakes him up at night. (His doctor may want to do a bone scan to rule out a bone infection or tumor.)



Your child has a fever along with leg pain — and there's no obvious source for the fever, like flu symptoms. (The doctor can give your child a blood test to find out whether he has an infection.)



Your child's pain is in a joint and he has trouble moving it or it's red or swollen. (The doctor will want to determine what's going on in that particular joint.)



Your child has a lot of pain in one hip, thigh, or knee — or he has trouble putting weight on one leg or seems to be limping. (His doctor may want to do an X-ray to make sure there's nothing amiss with his bones.)



Your child's pain persists during the daytime hours. (Ask his doctor about it.)"

[deleted account]

in reply s with rayanne-i hardly ever drink water,and like i said arly have always had pain.now that shes mentioned this i will be drinking more water:)!

Rayanne - posted on 11/24/2008

3

0

1

my daughter started having leg cramps when she was two as well. I discussed it with my doctor, and he said it was probably growing pains since she didn't have any other symptoms to point to a disease. After trial and error with diet, I discovered a relationship between the amount of water she drank during to day. Her cramps were worse and more frequent on the days she didn't have much water intake. Sugary drinks didn't count as fluid intake. We also discovered that a moist heat pack helped ease the pain of the cramps. You can make your own heat pack. Take a long tub sock and fill it half full with plain rice. Sew the end shut. If you do not sew, you can also use a rubber band or try to tie a knot. I have done this as well. Heat the pack in a microwave for about 30-45 seconds to make a warm pack. You need to test the time with your microwave to that it is not too hot for your child. My daughter is six now when she has leg cramps she asks for "sockie".

[deleted account]

i have always had pain com and go from my waist down.i would call it "growing pains,except i am 23 :).it would get so bad i would cry myself to sleep...realy he only advice i have is that my feet or legs being cold made it worse and as soon as i got warm it relieved the pain...also bananas are realy good for pains like theese....keep them in his diet every day.

Amanda - posted on 11/24/2008

32

4

0

get checked by the doctor first but i actually give my son "mag phos" its s tissue salt you get it from health food stores or chemist it is a muscle relaxant. worked wonders!!. works wonders.

Andrea - posted on 11/21/2008

9

23

1

My son sees an orthepedic surgeon (he has a curve in his legs from the knee down)...we have been told that as long as he remains active then there really isn't much to be concerned about...it is when they become lethargic that you should become really concerned.

He has told us that big growth spurts can cause them quite a bit of pain. We are just to give him children's tylenol and monitor his activity level

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms