The term ‘growing pains’ may be a misnomer, but the aching limbs children sometimes feel are very real. Learn about the symptoms of growing pain in children, what causes it and how to help them feel better.
Growing pains is the term commonly used to describe the achy legs children can sometimes feel, often at night. It’s usually nothing to be worried about, but you’ll naturally want to understand what your child is experiencing, why it’s happening and how you can help ease their paini.
How can I tell if it’s growing pains or something else?
Growing pains, while uncomfortable, aren’t dangerous. But other conditions that can cause pain in children might be, so pay attention to what they’re telling you. Always err on the side of caution and consult a doctor.
Pain symptoms that may indicate growing pains:
Indications it might may be something different:
What causes growing pain in children?
Some think growing pains might be related to restless legs syndrome, a disorder characterised by unpleasant sensations in the legs and an urge to move them. The leading say perhaps it’s down to too much physical activity during the preceding day. The short answer is that no one really knows. viii
Contrary to popular opinion, what we call growing pains typically don’t happen during periods when your child is growing the most. Even during growth spurts, bones don’t grow quickly and the process shouldn’t cause any pain. viii
What are the possible explanations for growing pains?
There are a few theories about why your child might feel growing pain on and off from two years old until they hit the teen years. These includexi:
Is there a treatment for muscle ache in children?
Because there’s no specific cause of growing pains, there’s no set cure or treatment eitherxi. The good news, however, is that there are several ways you can help make a child with minor muscle aches more comfortable and ease their pain.
How can I ease my child’s growing pains?
While you can’t stop the growing pains from happening, there are a few things you can do to stop muscle aches hurting so muchxii:
Don’t give them more than one medicine containing paracetamol. This content is for knowledge purpose only, please consult your Paediatrician for proper management advice.xiii