my 7 year old complains of knee pains at night the drs all say its growing pains

Dolores - posted on 04/10/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )




my daughter is in 2nd grade already and she has been complaining of joint problems since she was able to walk. the drs all tell me they are growing pains but she wakes up at night screaming in pain...what should I do? they checked her for rh arthritis but she doesnt have that . also, the dr said maybe shes just wanting attention so one night i pretended to give her some ointment and used just lotion and told it was medicine but after an hour sh e was still in pain...anyone have any suggestions to what i can do to make her feel better?


Christine - posted on 02/28/2012




i have a son that wakes every night from pain we message bengay on and around the caps of both legs. they dont think my son has growing pains . iam tryin heat before bed to see if works to help lower the pain. the ortho docs are even stumped. my husband was a fast grower when younger to were his muscles and ligaments were not growing at the same pace which is very painfull they called it oscar sliver or something like that. iam going to have xrays done on the muscles next. good luck...

Kathy - posted on 04/11/2010




My daughter went through this. We gave her motrin before bedtime. She is now 5'10. She was a fast grower and her growth spurts made her joints ache. She is 14 and done growing! Thank goodness.

Alicia - posted on 04/12/2010




my oldest son, who is ten now, also had the same problem. He would scream,cry, and say he could not move his legs because they hurt so much. I just gave him tylenol and he would sleep all night. I also thought he was faking, but my dad said he went through that also as a child. It started in my son when he was about 2. He has not complained about it for almost 6 months now, so hopefully it is something he is growing out of, or he just isn't growing at the moment.

Roxanne - posted on 04/10/2010




i too had horrible browing pains as a child well into my teenage years and they are very real and very painfull. Have you tried a heatpack? something scented with lavender would work well. this is what my mum did for me,it wond rid her of all pain but may ease it enough so that she can sleep.Good luck

Kate CP - posted on 04/10/2010




Give her some tylenol to help her sleep. Growing pains are real and they do hurt.

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Christa - posted on 04/11/2010




My five year old wakes up screaming in pain in his legs. I give him motrin and massage his legs time the pain goes down enough that he can sleep. I finally had to crush pottasium pills and put it in his food (a suggestion from a friend). It seems to have worked. another suggestion was to feed him more bananas and pottasium enriched foods. His doctor has ordered blood tests.

Melanie - posted on 04/10/2010




I had that same issue as a child and I was given nothing for it, was just told it was growing pains and to deal with it. It took years, well into the teenager years, for the aching to subside. Hopefully they will be able to help your little one more than they did me.

Phyllis - posted on 04/10/2010




maybe ask your dr. about glucosamine (sp?) its a supplement for joints that you can get at the pharmacy. Also, some of my family have joint and muscle aches and they drink a glass of liquid gelatin daily. Basically just dissolved jello powder. They use unflavored, but a child might go for the flavored stuff.

Iridescent - posted on 04/10/2010




My second son is similar. He's cried of leg pain since he was 2. He had the RA tests done, negative, and full x-rays of his legs to be certain no deformity was causing the pain. Diagnosis at this point is "growing pains" as well and we give Ibuprofen to control it, and it really helps. We also tricked him and gave placebo instead, and it didn't help so wasn't psychological.

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