Growth pains and Important points
How are growth pains treated?
Musculoskeletal pain is one of the most common complaints in adulthood, so the main cause of this pain is not yet known.
The onset of pain at the end of the day, which sometimes causes the child to wake up, and the increase in pain with normal activities that cause conflict are among the characteristics of developmental pain in children.
Also, pain is not specific to children’s joints, and pain is caused by touching and squeezing the joint, muscle and bone.
This type of pain is exacerbated by activity and increases during the day, although it can last from a few minutes to a few hours.
Growth pains are more pronounced in the legs and often worsen in the evening or at night.
These pains affect children three to 12 years old the most. Growth pains do not lead to long-term injuries.
Growth pains are most often manifested by a feeling of tightness in both legs, in the leg or ankle. These pains also affect the thighs.
These pains, of course, do not cause the child to be unable to walk and have nothing to do with limping, injury or infection.
If the pain was in only one leg, it probably could not be growth pain, and in these cases you should definitely take your child to the doctor for an examination.
What causes growth pain?
The cause of these pains is unknown, although they are more common in active children or children with more flexible joints.
What can be done?
Growth pain is often treated at home and they are given certain medications such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.
Sometimes a painkiller before bed and after an active day can reduce pain at night.
Never take aspirin, as your child may develop Ray Syndrome (a rare, serious brain condition related to aspirin use in children). However, massaging the leg muscles and joints or using heat packs is also helpful.
Supportive shoes also help prevent growth pain.
Tell your child that these growth pains will not last forever and will go away on their own as you get older.
When to see a doctor?
See your doctor if:
The pain is only in one leg.
Pain also affects the arms.
The pain will continue throughout the day except at night.
Swelling of the joints.
High body temperature occur.
The child loses his appetite.
Weight loss will occur.
Reluctance to walk or limping occurs.
Your doctor should perform tests on your child to rule out other conditions, such as arthritis, vitamin D deficiency, or osteoporosis, or even leukemia.
Your doctor will also examine your child and may ask questions about certain illnesses that have similar symptoms, such as Restless Legs Syndrome.
This syndrome is characterized by discomfort in the legs and an uncontrollable tendency to shake the legs for comfort.
Rarely, your doctor may order blood tests, X-rays, and other diagnostic tests to determine the cause of your child’s foot pain.