Growing Pains

@Indojo (242)
United States
January 1, 2010 10:31pm CST
Does any one know what causes those leg aches that kids sometimes get. My mom used to call them growing pains. I got them a lot when I was a kid...my shins would just ache so bad, and the only thing that would help them is the heating pad. My 4 year old sometimes wakes up crying in the middle of the night, saying her legs hurt. I just wonder what causes it, and is there a way to prevent it?
3 responses
• United States
3 Jan 10
My oldest started getting them to around 4ish. She'd always complain about her legs or her feet hurting her @ night and I give her some pain reliver and she'd be ok. But it either hits them here and there or a few days in a row.
@Indojo (242)
• United States
6 Jan 10
I hope that it's over soon. We've been giving her children's tylenol.
• United States
6 Jan 10
It's not much fun when they wake up crying because of it. Those feet grow so fast too! Sometimes their feet get too big for footie pj's and that can mimic growing pains too, even if the rest of the pj fits them fine. Just stock up on some caffine for a while ;0)
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
2 Jan 10
My friend took her son to the doctor because of the pain in his legs. They diagnosed him with growing pains. I thought it was an old wives tale until then but I guess not..lol..He told her there was nothing that he could od about it to just give him Tylenol for the pain. He said that when they go through growth spurts and the growth is really fast, it can cause a child to experience pain. You may try bananas for the little one. It may be potassium that she is lacking that can cause leg cramps. Good luck and I hope it helps you.
@Indojo (242)
• United States
2 Jan 10
Hi, thanks for the reply. I don't think it can be potassium...leg cramps are in the calf...her pain is in the shins. I may try calcium though.
@Jae2619 (1485)
• United States
8 Jan 10
My son who is 7 now, had those lovely "Growing Pains". He was always so tall for his age we actually took him to the doctor because his were so intense he'd scream for hours on end, and we thought that maybe he was growing to fast and the stretching of his muscles were really being hurt. They x-rayed his legs and joints, to make sure there was plenty of space and so on for him to grow, and told us it's just growing pains. We were watch when they happened and keep a record of them so we could try to time them before they happened. We started watching and about every 3 weeks he'd have them, so we was told when we could pinpoint when we thought they'd start, to make sure he had a warm bath and soak for a while, give him Ibprofen, since its more of a muscle relaxer than tylenol and he should be good. We started doing that and he was fine. Still at 7, he has these from time to time and we go back to our old routine, warm baths, and ibprofen. Best of Luck!