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7 Tips To Help Growing Pains For Children

Do your kids suffer from aching legs and unexplained pain in their muscles? If so it could be what is called ‘growing pains’ Both my kids, especially my son, occasionally feel pain in their limbs, speaking to other Mums, some kids experience debilitating pain. Growing Pains are something that can occur during the childhood years, although apparently has nothing to do with growing…The name was given in the 1930s and 1940s when they thought it was called by faster growth. Unfortunately, these pains are unavoidable, but there are ways we can help manage the pain. In this article, we will discuss what ‘Growing pains’ are, ‘Growing pain” symptoms, and 5 Tips to help Growing Pains for children.

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What Are Growing Pains?

Growing pains are a very common and painful symptom occurring during childhood. Growing pains usually start in early childhood, around age 3 or 4. They tend to strike again in kids aged 8-12. It is characterised by the feeling of mild to severe pain in one or more parts of the body. The pain can be experienced in the arms, legs, back, neck, hips, and head. One in three children suffers from these 'unexplained' leg cramps - usually at night.

The most common growing pains are sore legs and knees and usually occur when the child is resting or trying to sleep. This can cause children to get restless and also make it difficult to sleep through the night. By morning children are usually well, with no pain or stiffness.

What Causes Growing Pains?

There is no definite reason found so far, as to what causes growing pains. A study from 2019 listed a few possible reasons such as lower pain threshold, genetics, or low levels of vitamin D . Another study believes increased physical activity can lead to this pain. An Overuse of activities such as running, climbing, and jumping can be hard on the child's bones and limbs. These unexplained pains don’t usually occur during a growth spurt so there isn’t really a cause that we know of. Usually, these pains are not permanent, but if you are unsure it would be a good idea to discuss them with your doctor.

7 Tips To Help Growing Pains For Children

There is no cure for Growing Pains for children but below are 5 tips that may help manage them.
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1. Discussing Growing Pains

I would first suggest discussing what growing pains are with your child. Talking to your kid about growing pains is an important conversation to have with them because they may not be sure why they are feeling this pain. It is important for them to understand what they are and that they are not permanent.

2. Physical Activity

Monitor the physical activity your child does on a weekly/daily basis. If you find decreasing activity decreases the pain, you might want to consider cutting back the after-school activities, just while it passes.

3. Stretching

Another option is stretching exercises. Stretching the limbs which experience the most pain could be something that may help or prevent the pain. This would need to be discussed with a doctor or physio as to which stretches would be the most beneficial.

4. Massage

Massage with or without essential oils. There are many essential oils that can help relieve pain and relaxation. Peppermint, Lavender, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary essential oils are all great for pain and relaxation. We also stock doTERRA ice blue rub which is fantastic for sore joints and muscles.

5. Heating Pad

Another option to help soothe sore limbs is to use a heating pad. I would recommend a wheat bag and add essential oils to add to the relaxation. Hot water bottles have the risk of bursting but the wheat bag can stay warm for quite a while and has the added benefit of a relaxing smell.

6. Warm Bath

Having a nice warm bath could be another option to help the growing pains subside. Either add the doTERRA ice blue or another essential oil could help get into the sore limb and help the pain decrease. Other options for the bath could Radox or Epsom Salts.

6. Pain Relief

If all else fails and the pains get especially painful you can try a pain reliever. You can offer your children ibuprofen (Advil etc) or acetaminophen (Panadol etc). There are also other natural pain relievers available although unsure how effective they can be such as these pain relieving patches.

Conclusion

These so-called growing pains are unavoidable for some children. I can’t imagine how annoying and frustrating it would be to experience them, especially when they commonly occur at night. If you are unsure if your child is experiencing growing pains I would recommend speaking to your doctor to find out more. Rest assured these pains are temporary and by using the above suggestions hopefully they can be managed and be less of a burden and disappear quickly.
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