Growing pains are a type of pain or discomfort experienced by children and teens as they grow. Some children ill experience these pains more severely than others, while most children don’t feel much of a difference at all. At kids grow, their bone and muscle growth can cause different severities of pain, much like aches. The pain is most prevalent when doing various physical activities like jumping, running, or climbing. After an athletic day, the pain can turn severe.
Symptoms of Growing Pains
Kids with growing pains usually feel pain, aches, or discomfort in their muscles. It may seem like the pain is in the joints, but it is actually their muscles and bones that are aching. The difference between growing pains and conditions of the joints is that their joints won’t show any physical differences such as being red, swollen, tender, or warm. The pain can be felt at any time during the day though it is usually worse in the afternoon or at night, often waking the child in the middle of the night from the pain.
Growing Pains Diagnosis
The diagnosis of growing pains is mostly a physical examination and going over the different signs and symptoms your child or teen is experiencing. One way is to judge how the child reacts to touch when they’re in pain, which is why it helps for the child to be experiencing the growing pains while in the doctor’s office. Kids with growing pains won’t mind touching of the joints or bones as much as someone with a medical condition causing the pain. A growing pains diagnosis is generally a diagnosis of exclusion. When all other medical conditions have been ruled out, they will call the pain and discomfort growing pains. Occasionally tests like x-rays or blood tests are performed for the final diagnosis.
Treating Growing Pains
There is no cure or treatment for growing pains aside from relieving the symptoms. This is because the pains are a normal part of growing up for many children and there isn’t much you can do to stop it. However there are home remedies used for alleviating some of the pain and discomfort such as massaging the area of pain, stretching the muscles and joints, using a heating pad on the area, or giving them over-the-counter pain relief medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Children under 12 should not be given aspirin.