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do your children have growing pains?

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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
2 years ago my then 3 year old used to complain all the time of his legs hurting him and would even wake in the night crying in pain it went on for around a year and doc just said growing pains
now my other son who has just turned 3 is going through the same thing waking in pain in the night crying in the day etc

when i have spoke to my friends with children of similar age their kids have not had this problem

has anyone else's children been through this?
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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
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#1
i think my children had restless legs at night, which i put down to growing pains.

sounds like it maybe a family thing. ask your parnets about you?
#2
My son is nearly 6 and was up last night with pains in the legs i call it growing pains
#3
I have a 4 nearly 5 year old and a 2 nearly 3 year old girls, neither have them have had this problem.

I also have a 6 month old son but hes too wee for anything like that.

Maybe different for boys rather than girls? Seems a bit weird that both your sons are going through it, maybe you can see if your mother in law went through it with there dad?

Sorry just assumed you were a woman, my apologies if not. :)
banned#4
m daughter suffers with her knees at times, and has been known to cry in pain, taken to docs after a really bad episode with them and doc said growing pains, i personally dont think there is any such thing as growing pains but there you go
#5
yeah my eldest gets it bad around his knees.he's 13 and 5ft 7 tho.
try a hot water bottle.may not do much physically,but they love a bit of attention:-D
#6
my 4 year old son hasn't had this neither has my daughter
#7
its rather hard to give you sympathetic advice with an avatar like yours. lol!
#8
I remember when my eldest daughter was around 3 (now 7) she used to get a pain in her elbow every now and then, this went on for about 2 months and she would scream in pain and unable to stretch it out, then after about 10 minutes would just get up and go and play as if nothing had happened. Never had anything else since, although did go through night terrors for about 2 or 3 months when she was 4 coming up to 5yrs old.

Now have second daughter who is 3 so waiting for it to repeat itself, she did say last weekend that her knee hurt so probably the same thing. I think as long as they're not screaming the house down for extended periods of time it's just growing pains and they'll "grow" out of it.
#9
francescaseaman;3183854
My son is nearly 6 and was up last night with pains in the legs i call it growing pains

yeah my 7 year old wakes up in the night sometimes crying that his legs hurt & has done for years...
i think that maybe some children are more sensitive to growing pains than others...
#10
My now 17yr old son suffered with these pains from aged 3 to 11yrs

Doc always advised warm baths before bed and they did help along with a spoon of calpol, he suffered for a long time but didn't suffer any lasting effects other than now being 6ft 2 :w00t:
#11
my toddler hasnt as yet, but i suffered from it as a kid. still do evey now and then. mum still says its growing pains ha ha im 23.
banned#12
Thought growing pains were 9-13yrs not toddler age but hey maybe kids are growing up faster. I used to get it really bad in my legs I used to cry loads but might have been cause my dad left then too, don't know. Just remember it hurting loads.
#13
AshleyRFC
I have a 4 nearly 5 year old and a 2 nearly 3 year old girls, neither have them have had this problem.

I also have a 6 month old son but hes too wee for anything like that.

Maybe different for boys rather than girls? Seems a bit weird that both your sons are going through it, maybe you can see if your mother in law went through it with there dad?

Sorry just assumed you were a woman, my apologies if not. :)


yes i am all woman :) lol

my partner said he doesnt recall ahving any of these pains and unfortunatly my mother in law passed on a week after our first son was born :(

as yet i have not taken other son to the docs as his symptoms are the same,his pain is on and off in day then he awakes at night in pain too
#14
blackpeppa
its rather hard to give you sympathetic advice with an avatar like yours. lol!


lol :thumbsup:
#15
My brothers and I had pains in our legs growing up. We all seemed to get tall really quickly and it petered off in mid teens, then the pain stopped. A lot of my nephews and nieces are experiencing it now especially my 3 yr old nephew. Doctor just recommended brufen or aspirin.

Lloyds pharmacy were doing those heated pad things for a tenner not long ago. Hope that helps
#16
My 6 year old son has experienced these pains at night too, a few times in the last couple of years.

I heard somewhere that it is caused by the bones growing a little ahead of the joint ligaments, causing a stretching pain. Sounds horrid, but it may very well make sense, especially if they are having a 'growth spurt'.
#17
I used to get this when i was little.
#18
I did have grosing pains, but not until I was about 12 /13 where my knee joints were growing faster than my carteledge (sp?) which gave me horrible pains in my knees and spasms in my legs at the most inconvenient times, normally during something quiet like a maths test at school. They would make me yelp and fall to the floor.

Did not help cool'o'meter at school I assure you
#19
yep my son gets them in his calf and under backs of this thigh. He wakes crying. My daughter never had it so it was new to me. All i do is rub it better and put warm compress on it. Dont know if it really helps him but he soon settles after.
#20
I used to have growing pains every now and then, went on until my late teens
#21
My 13 year old son was complaining of pains in his knees and legs and I put it down to growing pains, but as he is very sporty and it was affecting his football and rugby we took him to the doctors who diagnosed Osgood- Schlatter's Disease, he now takes ibruprofen before a match and this has helped a great deal although he can still suffer pain and discomfort at times.
I know your children are a lot younger but thought this info may help other parents of teenagers with similar symptoms :thumbsup:
#22
My son would also complain of pain in his legs even if he hadn't even walked very far that day and would often wake up in the night crying and saying his legs hurt. I also noticed when he ran his legs looked funny so i spoke to my heatlh visitor who referred me to a podiatrist. She diagnosed him with hypermobility. That was two years ago and he is now 4. I only worried as he was not as active as my daughter who cannot sit still and she never complained of being in pain! I think there comes a point in every parents mind when they say that this pain is something more and needs to be addressed. At least now i know there is something wrong. Basically hypermobility is where his muscles work three times harder than other children. The podiatrist also noted his ankles can almost rotate 180 degrees! We have a hospital referral at the end of the month to see if there is anything i can do to help him at home.
I hope this helps. Have a look at the hypermobility UK website- i didn't realise there were so a many sufferers.
Good luck.
#23
bitseylango
My 13 year old son was complaining of pains in his knees and legs and I put it down to growing pains, but as he is very sporty and it was affecting his football and rugby we took him to the doctors who diagnosed Osgood- Schlatter's Disease, he now takes ibruprofen before a match and this has helped a great deal although he can still suffer pain and discomfort at times.
I know your children are a lot younger but thought this info may help other parents of teenagers with similar symptoms :thumbsup:


Yup I was diagnosed with that when I was younger (was much much fitter then lol) turned out to be a miss diagnosis as my knee caps were actully dislocating due to 'loose' Ligament so it wasn't being held in place properly. For years they just put it down to growing pains. My knee caps are shot.

AM has a wonky leg and gets alot of pain in that. docs don't seam to care. 'kids get sore knees' is what the specialist said :roll:
#24
My boys are 8 and 4 and to date they have never complained of growing pains but I know friends children who have
#25
my son is nearly 11 and has had pains in his legs on and off since he first started to be able to tell me he has pain - i took him to the doctors and was told that there really is such a thing as growing pains and some children can 'feel' it in their legs - sometimes it hurts him that he walks with a little bit of a limp but it goes away after about an hour and he may not feel anything again for months but then another time he can feel the pain in his legs for about half an hour every day for a few days - my doctor said he will grow out of it any time up to about 18 years of age

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