Growing Pains are a Real Pain

My poor little monkey was up again last night with growing pains. This poor kid has suffered through growing pains so much in his seven years of life that I wonder when he’ll ever catch a break! (Not in his leg… you know what I mean!)

He was up sobbing his eyes out, clutching his legs. When this happens (and it happens often) – we go through our arsenal of cures.

  1. Rub his legs
  2. Tell him to do some slow breathing
  3. Put a heat pack on it
  4. Do stretching exercises
  5. Take a bath
  6. Take some ibuprofen
  7. Pray on it

Usually, some combination of the above will fix it enough for him to fall back asleep. But, as parents, we all know that once we wake up from a restful sleep to a child in pain, it’s hard to fall back into blissful sleep again.

Do your kids suffer from growing pains? The doctors say it will pass. What’s been your experience? I remember having brutal growing pains as a child. So does my ex-husband. I imagine my poor kiddo is just going to have to suffer through it. Anyone have ideas on preventing them from happening in the first place or anything to add to my arsenal above?

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Erin
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 16:08:24

    my son is going thru the same thing 😦 prayer & Ibuprofen seems to work for him. I will be glad when he is past this stage.

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  2. Deb
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 13:11:40

    Believe it or not, eating a banana a day can help alot. The potassium helps the legs from cramping. Also making sure he’s fully hydrated and drinking lots of water. Have your heating pad on when you think he’ll have a problem…immediately rub the area and put a hot pad on it. This helped my kids, hope it helps yours.

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  3. Heather Swanson
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 23:56:09

    As Deb said – keeping hydrated and the banana with a glass of milk just before bedtime usually worked for my 3 boys. (According to my doc its the calciuum with the magnesium and potassium that does the trick – and we definitely notice the difference when we add milk to the equation.)The youngest has had them the worst – and a few times we’ve resorted to the epsom salt baths with massage and ibuprofen to get him through it.

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