Published Sep 25, 2003
My six year old has been having troubles with bilateral knee pain and abdo pain. The pain always comes at rest generally just before or at bedtime. Took him to the doctor, she thinks it is 'growing pains".
The knee pain I can live with, it settles with massage and hot packs, ( being an ortho nurse I also had them xryayed to rule out a bilateral osteosarcoma!!, this is my paranoia showing ), but I haven't come across abdo growing pains before.
I guess I'm asking if any of you have? The pain always settles within half to an hour and he's otherwise well..
renerian, BSN, RN
I have three boys and two girls. Four of them had growing pains about six months before they had tremendous growth in the long bones. I gave mine motrin about one hour before bed and that seems to help.
thanks for your reply renerian. jax
Your welcome! ren
Tweety, BSN, RN
I had a friend whose child had chest pain that were growing pains. Perhaps it's referred from the lower ribs?
barefootlady, ADN, RN
Have 8 grandkids, everyone of them has some sort of growing pain. Motrin, warm bath, and plenty of rest. That is what we have found to be most effective.
3rd shift guy and barefootlady, thanks for the responses - great ideas, my mind is resting easier. jax
My four year old gets pains in his legs once every several months, and just for one night usually. He tosses and turns and cries because he can't sleep, so I offer him children's tylenol (which he always refuses when he's upset) and I just hold him and rock him all night. Nobody gets any sleep, so the next day, my husband and I split the day staying home with him. Thank goodness it doesn't happen very often. But I've been told they were growing pains.
meownsmile, BSN, RN
All three of my kids had these types of growing pains. Usually struck at bedtime or just after they went to bed.
Does anyone know why it seems to mostly occur at night? Is it because their activity has slowed down so the pains are just more prominent then?
purplemania, BSN, RN
Go to http://www.orthopedics.about.com and search for growing pains. Mostly it is harmless but symptoms could be indicators of more serious conditions and you want to know the difference (I assume). TLC seems to be the best treatment.
Thanks, purplemania! I'll check it out.
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