Does your child wake up in the middle of the night with leg pain? Do they complain about tired legs at the end of the day? They may be suffering from "growing pains", which usually affects children between the ages of 3 and 10. Despite the name, there is no evidence that the pain is actually caused by growth.
What are growing pains?
The pain comes suddenly. It often occurs while the child is asleep and wakes up with sore thighs, calves or even both shins, with a sensation of hurting bones. That is probably the reason why they are called "growing pains", because they give the impression that the pain is due to growing bones.
What causes the pain?
Studies have yet to determine the cause, but bad posture, muscle fatigue, psychological factors and unequal growth between bones and muscles can trigger growing pains.
How to diagnose it?
Since there are no tests that identify the root of the pain, doctors tend to rule out the possibility of serious diseases to get the diagnosis of "growing pains". Therefore, it is very important for the child to be monitored by an orthopedist or a pediatrician.
How should I treat it?
First and foremost, even though it does not seem like it, the pain is real, it is not a tantrum or anything made up. It exists and hurts a lot. It tends to go away naturally. If necessary, the doctor will prescribe pain medication. However, there are some alternative methods you can try to relieve the pain: massages, warm compresses, stretching, and, of course, a lot of love from mom and dad.