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Growing pains.

Posted by on Apr. 22, 2013 at 2:45 AM
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What can I give my youngest daughter for her growing pains? Children's Tylenol doesn't help very well. I cant put a heating pad in bed with her because her plugin in right above her head, so shed get strangled by the cord. It's gotten to the point where I dont sleep at night because she wakes up every hour at night.

Please help!! I need sleep!
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3_girls_86
by Ruby Member on Apr. 22, 2013 at 2:48 AM
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xtwistedxlovex
by Platinum Member on Apr. 22, 2013 at 2:51 AM

I would think ibuprofen is better for that sort of ache.

A sock filled with rice and microwaved will hold heat for a reasonable amount of time. DS has growing pains in his foot tonight and the heat didn't seem to be helping though =(

Zazayam
by Ruby Member on Apr. 22, 2013 at 2:52 AM

I didn't realize growing pains were an actual pain...

imafuswb
by ★Rainbow Brite★ on Apr. 22, 2013 at 2:55 AM
I've massaged my son's legs and given him ibuprofen. It works fairly well, but I'd like to find some essential oils or natural remedies for it. When he has pains it's usually for a couple days or nights in a row, and I don't like putting all those meds in his small body. :-/
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3_girls_86
by Ruby Member on Apr. 22, 2013 at 2:56 AM
I guess thats what I have..ibuprofen not Tylenol. I've tried to massage her leg..but its her knee so it tickles her instead lol. I have this little rice heating pad thing that smells like lavender that I got from my sil. I totally forgot about that! If I cant find that ull have to use the sock and rice. Hopefully it helps.

Im sorry about your DS and his growing pains. :(


Quoting xtwistedxlovex:

I would think ibuprofen is better for that sort of ache.

A sock filled with rice and microwaved will hold heat for a reasonable amount of time. DS has growing pains in his foot tonight and the heat didn't seem to be helping though =(

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by on Apr. 22, 2013 at 2:56 AM

What Causes Them?

No firm evidence shows that the growth of bones causes pain. The most likely causes are the aches and discomforts resulting from the jumping, climbing, and running that active kids do during the day. The pains can occur after a child has had a particularly athletic day.

Signs and Symptoms

Growing pains always concentrate in the muscles, rather than the joints. Most kids report pains in the front of their thighs, in the calves, or behind the knees. Whereas joints affected by more serious diseases are swollen, red, tender, or warm, the joints of kids experiencing growing pains appear normal.

Although growing pains often strike in late afternoon or early evening before bed, pain can sometimes wake a sleeping child. The intensity of the pain varies from child to child, and most kids don't experience the pains every day.

Diagnosing Growing Pains

One symptom that doctors find most helpful in making a diagnosis of growing pains is how the child responds to touch while in pain. Kids who have pain from a serious medical disease don't like to be handled because movement tends to increase the pain. But those with growing pains respond differently — they feel better when they're held, massaged, and cuddled.

Growing pains are what doctors call a diagnosis of exclusion. This means that other conditions should be ruled out before a diagnosis of growing pains is made. A thorough medical historyand physical exam by your doctor can usually accomplish this. In rare instances, blood and X-ray studies may be required before a final diagnosis of growing pains is made.

Helping Your Child

Some things that may help alleviate the pain include:

  • massaging the area
  • stretching
  • placing a heating pad on the area
  • giving ibuprofen or acetaminophen (Never give aspirin to a child under 12 due to its association with Reye syndrome, a rare but potentially fatal disease.)
sweetgrlangel
by Silver Member on Apr. 22, 2013 at 3:02 AM
I normally give Motrin or Ibuprofen, whuch ever is in the cupboard. Then I lay with thema and rub their legs. My now 8 year old would actually come crawl into bed with me so I coukd rub his legs and fall asleep.
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