Has or does anyone else child suffer with growing pains? Anyone got any tips?

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My 4 year old is waking up at night with pains in her legs. All I can put it down to is growing pains as it only happen every now and then. She gets beside herself. Does anyone have any helpful hints or tips.

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Rebecca - posted on 12/16/2009

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ive had growing pains (as the doc says) since i was 3 i still get them now but the pain is a little more bare-able i am now 28. each person is different but the pain is real. being someone that has experienced it 4 so long i know medication and heat pads and massages do help to a certain extent but the pain never completely goes and it gets worse during certain weather or busier days then usual. i really hope ur daughter grows out of it. goodluck.

Debbie - posted on 12/16/2009

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A friend of mine said that when her kids complained with pains, she would put a blanket in the dryer for 10 minutes or so and then wrap them up in it and let them lay on the couch until the pains went away. She wasn't sure if it really helped with the pains, but they seemed to feel better after a little while.

Laura - posted on 12/16/2009

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Hi, yes i have a 9 year old son who has suffered with this every now and then for a few years. He seems to get them if he has done a lot of exercise, or more running than usual. I give him a hot soapy bath and then rub and massage his legs which seems to work, if it is really bad i give him some calpol. I no how you feel though its a tough one. Hope this helps.x

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With my kids I would give them Tylenol or Motrin, milk, & a heating pad. Did the trick everytime.

Rebecca - posted on 12/16/2009

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I believe my nephew had this issue. I think my sister-in-law gave him tonic water and juice. Apparently something in the tonic water helped. Ask your pediatrician if there is any truth to this.

Ana - posted on 12/16/2009

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Hey there... my daughter turned 5 today but she is always complaining about her legs. I have taken her to doc and specialist and they are growing pains. BUT in my family we all suffer from leg pains so I am also assuming it is from that as well. Just to be on the safe side consult your pediatrician just to be on the safe side... good luck and let us know how it goes! :-)

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Please address this with her pedetrician and let him know. They might suggest anything from tylenol or maybe might check to see if there is someother underline cause. My youngest son when smaller had problems, it was as simple as a lose dose of tylenol. He also suffered again as a teenager. lol if I remember what we did then. He is 24 now and my brain forgets these things.

Carolyn - posted on 12/16/2009

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My Daughter suffered with this and the Doctor suggested liquid calcium, she was 10 and now is 20 and has no problems since. p.s. she took it once a day for 6 months

Christine - posted on 12/16/2009

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my son suffers the same thing and his now 15, one doctor who was supposed to be a specialist told me it was growing pains, turned out he has flat feet and the pressure on them make his legs hurt, some simple insoles solved the problem, check her feet just to make sure she hasnt got flat feet too

Dana - posted on 12/16/2009

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My niece went through this too and I had leg pains during pregnancy. Give them banana's the potassium in them works wonders for children and during pregnancy.

Michele - posted on 12/16/2009

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my son also used to suffer and i called a doctor out because he seemed to be in so much pain,i was told they were growing pains but the dostor could do nothing exept advice pain killers and i was told he would grow out of it and he did

Nikki - posted on 12/16/2009

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Yes my son is 5 now and still has the same pains and its weird but he notices it more in the evenings. What I found works for him is I massage some peppermint oil on his legs. It doesn't totally take the pain away but it does sooth it abit for him and he is able to sleep.

Lorrie - posted on 12/16/2009

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My daughter had these alot and still does and she is 14 now..her doctor suggested motrin and a banana every day..only 1 though..they have pottasium and she needs this nutrient to grow most kids are low, hope one of these post help..my daughter cried for hours everyday and so did i..massage gives an instant relief till the motrin kicks in..

Shannon - posted on 12/16/2009

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My son used to get those when he was little. I took him to the doctor for it and she said that sometimes a lot of physical activity can cause them. She had me give him some motrin before bed on days he was more active. That seemed to help.

Janis - posted on 12/16/2009

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My daughter had leg pains for quite a few years also. I do believe it is growing pains, shes fine now, infact she is 37 yrs old. lol

Sara - posted on 12/16/2009

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Quoting Joanne:

Has or does anyone else child suffer with growing pains? Anyone got any tips?

My 4 year old is waking up at night with pains in her legs. All I can put it down to is growing pains as it only happen every now and then. She gets beside herself. Does anyone have any helpful hints or tips.


Hi Joanne,



 



Both of my girls suffer from growing pains also.  My sister and I did when we were young too.  I find if you give them motrin that helps.  I also find heat helps alot.  Since growing pain usually last a few days at a time, I use the motrin and warm baths.  Keeping the legs warm really helps my girls.  I hope this helps you and your little girl.



Sara

Natalie - posted on 12/16/2009

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My little boy is 4 and he gets them in his legs too, to the point where he cries. Good old Calpol or baby nurofen works well as a pain reliever, and then rest. I'm sure you're already doing this, but massage can help if it's muscular. My son says he feels his in his bones! Bless them. x

Dana - posted on 12/16/2009

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I had growing pains as a child in my legs, but there wasn't much done about it then (makes me feel so OLD! LOL We didn't think to use Tylenol!). I've passed it along to my youngest 2 children. I give them ibuprofen, and sometimes ice on the affected area. That usually helps a great deal.

You can try alternating heat and ice to the areas with ibuprofen or Tylenol. Sometimes the topical treatments like Icy Hot, Mineral Ice or Tiger Balm help, too.

Chris - posted on 12/15/2009

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two of my three boys have had growing pains to the point that I have had to massage their legs til they relaxed.. we found a quick fix but you have to keep it going.. a glass of milk with dinner and another right before bed.. the calcium right before bed gives them a little boost when they need it most.. this was actually recommended by our family doctor

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My daughter is almost 4yr old and suffers too, so thanks for posting this question and all the answers have been very helpful. My daughter is eating a banana and doing stretches as I'm typing this lol!

Faye - posted on 12/15/2009

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I used to get horrible growing pains in my legs when I was young, my mom used to put wet clothes on my legs....it did help.

Cynthia - posted on 12/15/2009

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My daughter 8 has them all the time in the knee's. I give her childrens tylenol and rub her knee's until it stop hurting. I don't know when it will ever stop. Doctor said it was normal and keep doing what I'm doing. Good Luck

Shelah - posted on 12/15/2009

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children's motrin will work well, since it is an anti-inflammatory. also, learn some gentle massage techniques, not just for her legs, but for her back, neck and abdomen as well. i know it's the middle of the night, but a really warm bath and massage can work wonders for growing pains. hope this helps :)

Hattie - posted on 12/15/2009

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My 4 year old gets really bad growing pains, mostly in her legs. Most times I just run a warm bath and put in a little baking soda. Then I just let her stay in there and soak a while. I rub her legs while she's in there as well. That seems to help a little bit.

Angie - posted on 12/15/2009

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All of my children had them. We used warm compresses and Advil and they did great. If you are concerned mention it at her next well child visit.

Kelli - posted on 12/15/2009

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Both of my daughters woke up to growing pains........I would give me 1tsp of Ibuprofen and then massage their legs with heat until the med kicked in. Not much else you can do for them unfortunately......part of the process......at least it doesn't happen all the time!

Bonnie - posted on 12/15/2009

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My 5 year old woke up with leg cramps for several weeks. We would rub his legs for him until he went back to sleep but we felt sleep deprived after the first several nights. The doctor suggested a dose of Tylenol before bed and it seemed to work. After a week we stopped it to see if he would have cramps again and he did so we went ahead and did another week until our "test" showed he could make it through the night without it.

Kristi - posted on 12/15/2009

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I just talked to my pediatrician today about this exact thing. She said that it might help to help your child stretch before bed. Sometimes after playing all day their muscles don't get a "cool down" like adults do after exercising and this can cause cramps during the night. We are going to try it. Hope it helps!

Katrina - posted on 12/15/2009

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i suffered from the same thing for the first 18 years of my life, it can be very painful and the only thing that really helped was asprin or disprin, i hope this helps as we use to try all sorts of home remedys even massage and hot water bottles, but the good old disprin was the only thing that seemed to help

Jennifer - posted on 12/15/2009

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My son had the exact same thing! It is growing pains. His legs and feet hurt so I went so far as to have his feet x-rayed and everything was fine! I would usually just give him ibuprofen for the pain. My sister-in-law's son had the same thing as well! Good luck.

Laryssa - posted on 12/15/2009

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My 7 year old son went through the same things about a year ago and all I knew to do what give him some tylenol or motrin for the aches and massage is legs around the knees to help him relax

Sandra - posted on 12/15/2009

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Two of my sons have had the sore aching legs, My 16 yr old had the sore aching legs starting at 3 yrs old and I would massage his legs with Vitamin E oil and just rub his knees down to his feet while we all watched TV and sometimes he would just fall asleep with the massageing of the legs and I did that every night when they were real sore and all the rest of the kids would sometimes help with the massageing and other times I would just massage his knees and down his legs to his feet, Now my 10 yr old has the same types of pains so I am this time atimes using a pain rub or a lavender based rub on his legs. he does alot of sports so I try to make them as comfortable as I can so they can get a good sleep with any pain. It worked for my boys the girls never had the pains in the legs. So hope that helps someone.

Arryn - posted on 12/15/2009

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My six year old son suffers with growing pains in his feet now and then too. We have a wheat bag that I can microwave for a few minutes. I generally rub a small dab of A5-35 on his feet, put the wheat bag on and if its really bad....children's pain reliever. Its horrible when they wake up screaming and you can't really put a finger on the problem. Usually after all this he is back sound asleep in about 30 minutes....why though, do they always come at night?!!

Rochelle - posted on 12/15/2009

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Quoting Joanne:

Has or does anyone else child suffer with growing pains? Anyone got any tips?

My 4 year old is waking up at night with pains in her legs. All I can put it down to is growing pains as it only happen every now and then. She gets beside herself. Does anyone have any helpful hints or tips.



My youngest is now 19 and she still has them.  Doc says they can last up until 24 years old.  Not much you can do except tylenol but I wouldn't recommend that in a little child.  I would just ask your doctor, have your child checked out to make sure thats what it is.





 

Christine - posted on 12/15/2009

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My 2yr old has been waking with the same issues, so I have been giving him a 1/2 dose of Tylenol or Motrin before bed. It has worked wonders, sometimes he still wakes up but he isn't feeling as achy as he had been. Never have issues during the day because he is busy and just doesn't noticed it when he is on the go. His Pediatrician was OK with the use of medication.

Teara - posted on 12/15/2009

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My 4 yr old has the same thing~ we have been to Drs and they cant figure it out~ she has an appt with a pediatric rhumatoligist so they can test her for arthritusnext month. the things Iv found that work for her~ at night when she wakes up crying I use a heating pad and that helps a lot, and of course theres tylenol for the bad nights! And I have recently put her in dance class and the pain seems to come less frequenty~ her dr says the more active she is the better! dancing keeps the muscles in her legs stretched out and seems to help the pain. and it turns out shes a grerat little dancer :) Oh and also I had one Dr tell me to feed her more bananas, dont know if it helped her but its something you could try, I guess the potasseum is good for growing pains~ good luck!!!

Becky - posted on 12/15/2009

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there is a cream for muscle discomfort that works well without the horrible smell and burning/cooling sesations......it is called myoflex......my parents use it and I have used it on my kids when needed.....and I never heard a complaint of feeling as though it was burning them like I did with ben-gay or icy-hot....good luck

Jane - posted on 12/15/2009

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My nephew has had growing pains something fierce! I'm not sure what is mom did about it but there is a lot of great things to try here that people have suggested. Another thing is that when my nephew sleeps over he gets himself into these weird uncomfortable positions when he's sleeping (I think that's another reason he has pains) so I usually get up a couple times a night & "unfold" him. Not sure how in the world he sleeps like that but maybe try checking on her in the middle of the night & see if she's sleeping in a weird position & then rearrange her. I think some kids have them & there isn't much you can do.

Darla - posted on 12/15/2009

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I know this sounds strange, but I and my sister and both of my children have suffered from growing pains. There is this ointment at the feed store called "Corona Ointment" that works wonders. It is all natural it is thick and provided instant relief, and it goes a long way. You put about a nickle sized amount in your hand rub it till it gets a little smoother and rub it on the leg that is bothering the child in an up and down motion. Yes it is originally for horses and cows, but I will swear by this stuff forever, from experience. My grandmother used this stuff for everything, when her sister got in a car accident she was paralyzed from the waist down and my grandma helped her every day and put corona ointment on her every day, she now walks with just a slight limp. I hope you are able to find something that helps, I truly believe this will :o) goodluck

Angie - posted on 12/15/2009

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When i was kid actually untill i was about 16 i got gorwing pains or atleast thats what my mom said they were, they hurt really bad and i would wake up in the ngiht screaming because it hurt soo bad. All we could do for it was have tylenol and my mom would warm up a towel in the dryer and wrap it around my leg. The warm towel really helped!!

Sandra - posted on 12/15/2009

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My son is 15 and still gets growing pains....I used to get them also, so I know how it feels....When his legs are bothering him I get the ben-gay out and rub it into the calf muscle and knee joint...then I just sti there and rub his legs for about 1/2 hr...this helps greatly, my mom used to do the same thing for me....he can usally fall asleep after this, I think that rubbing them is the best thing you can do, it gets the blood flowing and the muscle rub activated....plus it just feels good!!! Good luck!

Kerry - posted on 12/15/2009

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Poor thing! My 18 month old son wakes up occasionally (more often in the last few weeks!) crying in pain and we find his legs are super stiff. What we think has worked for us is a combination of increased calcium in his diet, (milk/yogurt/cheese), bananas (potassium), and warm baths before bed, followed by a leg massage. He tends to relax enough to sleep, and as long as he's warm enough in bed, he'll sleep through the night. Of course, this doesn't always work, but... it's worth a shot. Children's motrin is also good to have on hand if it's more intense. Good luck!

Belinda - posted on 12/15/2009

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All of my six had bad growing pains as I did when I was a child. I have had to use different methods on all of them. From hot or cold compress to massage before bed, increasing diet in certain areas etc. It is a trial and error to see what is going to work best and one thing I did noticed that helped all of them was a good massage before they went to bed. My routine was for the girls to take a bath with relaxing salts, brush hair then rub muscle relaxing cream into the legs. Boys missed the hair time ;) The youngest is 13 this month and still has trouble and its usually closer to her menstrual cycle beginning as well. Which has been really different from any of the others.
Everyone has made great suggestions for you to to trial and error to see what helps for your child. Good luck

Colette - posted on 12/15/2009

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I went throught the same thing with my son & daughter at that age...first thing, make sure she is drinking enough liquid during the day (water or gatorade) and encourage her to eat bananas (potassium). Also, I found that using Childrens Motrin (much better than Tylenol) helped with the pain, as did rubbing the legs! It will pass..just be patient & prepared for sleepless nights~ She will be fine!

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I suffered this as a child and it is very painful and very real. I was put thru awful tests like bone marrow extractions etc. and now my 2 year old daughter has the same pain. I give her baby tylonal, rub/massage her legs, and keep them warm. TREAT THIS LIKE CHILDRENS ARTHRITIS.

Kelly - posted on 12/15/2009

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My daughter just turned eight and is tiny for her age (wears size 6 clothes); she has never had what I would call a real growth spurt, but she had a terrible time with what the doctor called growing pains (her legs, in bed at night, would keep her from sleeping and she would cry) off and on for a couple of years. The only thing we found to help was massage. I gave her a little massage tool (looks sort of like a brush but with fat rubber "bristles") and she would rub her own legs with it if it woke her up. Either she has outgrown the pains, or dance has helped, because she is very active in dance classes now and she hasn't had the pains in quite some time. Good luck in dealing with this!

Stacey - posted on 12/15/2009

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My son is 7 and has had growing pains since he was 3. The doc suggests when it is really bad to use some motrin and elevate his legs at night. i notice when he has been running a lot they are worse. We also have used ice packs on his knees. It does help for us. Good Luck.

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my daughter is 7 and she has pains in her knees since she was about 4. i've heard of growing pains and that's what i think she has. what i do to help her feel better is massage her knee. she finds it very soothing and sometimes i apply an ointment on her knee just to make her feel that something is being done to help her ease the pain. this ointment is actually nutmeg oil from the chinese medical hall. it doesnt really help with pains but she believes that it does so it works that way. other times, she just stretches and bends her knee till she feels better. hope this helps. good luck!

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