Growing Pains

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Your child wakes up crying and complaining about pain in his or her legs. He or she could be experiencing growing pains. Dr. Edward Hill explains more about growing pains in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Growing pains are a normal occurrence, affecting 25 to 40 percent of children. They generally strike during two periods: in early childhood among 3- to 5-year-olds and, later, in 8- to 12-year-olds.

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.

Growing pains always concentrate in the muscles, rather than the joints. The joints of kids experiencing growing pains usually appear normal.

The intensity of the pain varies from child to child, and most kids dont experience the pains every day.

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 Reyes syndrome, a rare but potentially fatal disease.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.