What is Growing Pain In Children?
Growing pain is a symptom of musculoskeletal (bone and muscle) pain that is usually associated with child growth.
This condition is common in 10% – 20% of children of primary school age and is classified according to the condition, location and clinical features of the pain procedure. The culmination of this condition is at the age of 4 to 12 years, generally accompanied by pain at night but no physical abnormalities are found.
These symptoms tend to be more common in attacking more boys than girls and the pain does not appear during periods of rapid growth or in the growth part.
Discuss with your doctor for more information.
What are the signs and symptoms of growing pain?
Children often complain of pain in the legs that feels deep and cramps. According to the description of the child, the mother often mentions the pain is not specific and bilateral, and the pain usually appears at night before going to bed for at least a few months. Sometimes, children wake up from sleep complaining about pain lasting several minutes to several hours, and returning to sleep after a foot massage.
There may be signs and symptoms not mentioned above. If you have concerns about a particular symptom, consult your doctor.
When should I bring my child to see a doctor?
If your child feels uncomfortable or often wakes up at night and affects their lives and behaviour, consult a doctor.
The body of each person is different. Always consult a doctor to deal with your child’s health condition.
What causes growing pain in children?
Growing pain is usually found to decrease in the family, although it is not known what the cause is. Growing pain is not related to growth or other diseases. Growing pain is different from diseases such as inflammatory arthritis with no symptoms of morning sickness and a feeling of stiffness and lack of synovitis on physical examination.
What increases risk for growing pain?
Growing pain generally occurs in very active children, the pain is compounded by increased physical activity.
Other risk factors include:
- Asymptomatic expressions that can cause behavioural disorders later on
How is growing pain diagnosed?
The child can point to the calf or thigh as an area that feels uncomfortable, but does not show arthritis or muscle pain, muscle weakness or swelling, redness or limited movement.
Height and weight will grow within normal limits. Other signs or physical examinations can show normal or insignificant results.
Laboratory tests or x-rays, if done, are normal.
Diagnosis of the condition is only based on symptoms and physical examination.
What are the treatments for growing pain?
Treatment for growing pain includes comfort and pre-bedtime routines:
- Routine stretching and relaxation (massage)
- Heat treatment (warm compress)
- Mild analgesics are prescribed at doses for the night.
Massage can be beneficial for this condition. Sometimes, waking up at night has a long duration, causing behaviour patterns that interfere with quality of life.
Strategies must be maintained to minimise potential problems with interpersonal relationships in the family.
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.
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