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Tips on Dealing with Growing Pains

By Edited Nov 17, 2013 0 0

Growing pains are normal occurrences during childhood. Unfortunately, this does not mean that they are not painful or uncomfortable. Help your child ease the pains by providing relief through pain medications you can buy as prescription drugs online and by following the tips discussed below.

Do you remember those nights when you were young when you would complain to your mom that your legs or arms hurt for no apparent reason and she would just dismiss them as growing pains? Yes, they are growing pains and they can really be quite painful. But there is no reason for you to let your child suffer through it – not if you can help it.

Growing pains affect at least 15% of the children in the United States. While it is not a disease, it is real for the kids and may even cause them to lie awake at night. With the many pain medications sold today as prescription drugs online, there really isn't any reason for you to let your child ride the pain out. But since children have the tendency to react strongly to medications, here are some tips that can help you ease them of their growing pains:

  1. Learn about the possible symptoms of growing pains.

If your child hasn't been playing all day or getting in trouble, there really isn't any reason why he should suffer from pain in the legs and arms. Inexplicable pain in the arms and legs is the usual symptom of growing pains. However, since there are a lot of conditions that have pain as one of their symptoms, it is better to rule out other possible causes like falls and fractures before deciding that the pains are just that – growing pains.

  1. Think of possible causes.

Growing pains – while mostly inexplicable – often have their cause in a child's daily activities. While your child may not be physically injured, he may have played a lot which can cause stress to his musculoskeletal system. All that running, climbing, and jumping can take their toll on his muscles and cause him pain from overuse at night.

  1. Rub your child's legs and arms.

Gentle massages work well against growing pains. Massage your child's legs and arms prior to bedtime to avoid complaints about pain in the middle of the night. While massages work well for most, gentle rubbing and a bit of cuddling also work wonders especially for younger children.

  1. Make playtime before bedtime about relaxation.

Instead of sitting down with a good book or solving a puzzle, help your child ease and prevent growing pains by turning before bedtime playtime into a relaxing time. Do some mild stretches with your child which can help him and his muscles relax. The more relaxed his muscles are, the less trouble there'll be about growing pains.

  1. Make heat work to your advantage.

Heat can help soothe sore muscles. Use a heating pad on a low setting before bedtime or when your child complains of leg pain. Remove the heating pad once your child falls asleep. A warm bath before bedtime may help too.

If all else fails, you can always give your child a pain reliever. However, be sure to consult his doctor first for pain relievers that are suitable for his age and health in order to avoid possible side effects.



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