Growing pains are cramping, achy muscle pains that some preschoolers and preteens feel in both legs. The pain usually occurs in the late afternoon or evenings. But it may cause your child to wake up in the middle of the night.
Growing pains usually start in early childhood, around age 3 or 4. They tend to strike again in kids aged 8-12.
Growing pains are, well painful. They can keep a child awake at night and cause real disability while they last. Apart from giving your child pain killers, are there any effective alternatives, that are safe?
There are always countless ways of approaching any problem. It’s a question of how creative you are in your search.
Growing pains are limited to bones. As they occur in children who are obviously growing, you can probably see that what the child needs is support with bone growth.
Growing Pains in Kids
Symptoms of Growing Pains
- Growing pains are different for everyone. Some kids have a lot of pain, others do not. Most kids do not have pain every day.
- Growing pains can come and go. They may be experienced for months or even years. Most kids outgrow growing pains within a few years.
- The pain is usually felt in the late afternoon and evening, right before dinner time, and at bedtime.
- The leg pains may hurt so much that they may wake your child from sleep.
- If your child seems perfectly fine in the morning, don’t be quick to think he or she was faking. Growing pains disappear in the morning. They usually do not interfere with the child’s ability to play sports or be active.
- In general, growing pains are felt in both legs, especially in the front of the thighs, back of legs (calves), or behind the knees.
- Studies suggest that children who have growing pains may be more sensitive to pain. Children who have growing pains are also more likely to have headaches and abdominal pain.
How to Treat Growing Pains?
Treatment of growing pains depends on how much pain your child has. The following things may ease discomfort and help your child feel better:
- Massaging the legs.
- Stretching the leg muscles. This may be difficult for younger kids.
- Placing a warm cloth or heating pad on the sore leg. Be careful not to burn the skin and do not use during sleep.
If there is no relief from the pain it is strongly advised to consult doctor.
Is Milk The Solution?
Now you might think you are doing just that with the diet, with plenty of milk. After all milk is rich in calcium and the bones need calcium. Right?
Yes, in theory. No in practice.
Well, milk is a great food for baby cows. But is a lousy food for humans, and weaned humans at that. So, for all your efforts of providing dairy for healthy bone growth in your child, you’re way off the mark.
Green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds are the richest source of calcium, in a balanced form which a body can easily digest and utilise. True, they don’t have as much calcium as milk, but it is ALL in a form which your body can digest and use.
Whereas the calcium in milk is not readily available.
So it’s more important that the mineral is in an available form to be used by your body, than is the quantity in the food or supplement.
So to treat growing pains, it’s best to cut out dairy and increase the amount of green leafy vegetables your child eats. Add nuts and seeds into the mix, and that may be all that is needed for healthy bone growth.
But there is a third way to ensure healthy bone growth in children.
Growing pains are really easy to heal with homeopathy. There is a specific medicine called Calcarea phosphoricum (Calc phos for short) that is almost guaranteed to help every child with this malady. It is again advised to take such medications after consulting doctor.
There are alternatives to this medicine is available in most health stores as a tissue salt. But you can also purchase it from homeopaths and homeopathic pharmacies as per instruction of the doctor.