Growing pains in children are common and can be distressing for the child

All kids get pains and aches as they are growing and often they are quickly labelled growing pains when they may not be or they could be something very serious. Just because a growing youngster has aches and pains while growing does not mean that they are can be a ‘growing pain’.

The true syndrome of Growing Pains often occurs about the ages of 4 to 5, but can occur up to age of around twelve. This frequently happens behind the knee and is commonly relieved by gentle rubbing. The discomforts only occur at night and do not occur in the daytime. If the discomfort happen during the day, then it is not necessarily growing pains. The disorder is frequently self-limiting and therapy is not usually needed. It can happens to as much as 15-30% of children, so is very common.

Even though the condition of a typical growing pains is benign, there are many different sometimes very serious but rare conditions for example infections and bone cancers that can cause identical symptoms, so that is why every growing pain need to be taken seriously and meticulously investigated. There are occasionally horror reports in the news media of children whom had pains disregarded as growing pains, only to have one of these uncommon problems with very serious consequences.

In the event the symptoms are causing distress and issues with sleeping then some treatment solutions are indicated. A lot of the treatment is aimed at not neglecting the symptoms as just ‘growing pains’ and taking it seriously. The child and parents should understand the self-limiting nature of the symptoms. Normally just rubbing the painful area and sending the kid back to bed is helpful. A hot pack may be put on the region to persuade the child back to bed and sleep. Stretching of the calf muscles before going to bed can sometimes help. NSAID’s or anti-inflammatory medicines might be used at night if the pains are waking up the kid from sleep.

 

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