Growing Pains? - Federal Way,WA

Updated on March 28, 2011
E.B. asks from Tacoma, WA
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My 5 year old has been complaining his legs and knees hurt and some times his joints. I have now just given him childrens advil a bit ago. I remember having severe knee pain and joint pain...i am 6 foot string bean...i remember crying it hurt so bad.

My question is, Do kids this young have the growing pains? He is my oldest and this is something new for me. If it keeps up, yes he will go to doc...I just want to be informed a little bit by other mama's


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Thank you ladies!! I am going to massage them for him again after school today if he says they still are uncomfortable. advil...i hate doing that. giving him meds... i may try some one my homeopathic stuff i have arnica(spelling?) in solid form i can massge on him. I love having moms other then my mommy to confer with on this stuff...!!!!

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answers from Cleveland on

I'm tall too and definitely had growing pains as did my older daughter. However, I never had it in my joints or knees and I don't think my daughter's were in her joints either. So like you said, if it keeps up, I'd take him to the doc. I noticed my daughter's were worse or came on when she was more tired than usual btw.

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answers from Dallas on

At 6, I had what my mom thought was growing pains. (I have a really good memory and remember the pain vividly!) She mentioned it to my Dr. It ended up being shin splints, becuase I was walking on my feet wrong. (I think I was walking on the insides of my feet, that I don't really remember.) The way I was walking was causing strain and pressure on my shins. The pain would radiate from above my ankles, into my knees and joints.

Your son is probably having growing pains, but next time you have a regular might mention it to your Dr. You never know.

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answers from Medford on

I checked the discussion because I had similar questions, but thought I'd also echo the others: My 4.5 yr-old has been having pains too. They are mostly in the knees for him, and always in the late evening or middle of the night. We give him childrens IB and my husband massages his legs, which always helps. Good luck!

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answers from Lincoln on

YES! My daughter started by 3-4 yrs. I never had them. I thought something was wrong so I took her to her ped and then to my podiatrist (thinking her leg problems were from feet troubles like me) but both said just growing pains. I started giving her ibuprofen and warm baths before bed and it helped! Good luck!

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answers from Chicago on

I just looked this up the other day myself because my 4 1/2 year old was complaining of leg pain behind her knee and saying how uncomfortable she was at bedtime. I had her stretch, I massaged it, and then I put a heating pad on it for a bit. The pain was gone the next morning, but she had it again the following night and since then has been fine. I had them growing up too and remembered how much they hurt and what my mom used to do to make me feel better.

Growing pains usually happen when kids are between the ages of 3 and 5 or 8 and 12. Most of the time the pain is in the front of the thighs, the calves, or behind the knees. Growing pains often start to ache right before bedtime or they might wake up in the middle of the night with their legs hurting. Growing pains go away by morning so if your son is in pain during the day or it continues to persist, it might be something to talk to his dr. about.

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answers from Ocala on

My five year old son has started with these pains since he was four.
I used to have growing pains and ALOT of charlie horse's in my legs when I was a kid.
I think that this is apart of life.

Take care and I hope your son feels better soon.

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answers from Portland on

a friend had this problem growing up and her mom thought she was faking :( so when her daughter started having the same problem at 4, she took her seriously. she ended up getting herbs from an acupuncturist that helped a lot. sorry i don't know what they're called but there are more natural remedies out there, if you are so inclined.



answers from Portland on

My daughter started having growing pains at 2 years old. One thing that worked 80% of the time is Hyland's Leg Cramps Ointment. I would rub it in all around the knee joint and behind the leg where she would herself saying it hurt and within a minute, she would be relaxed and ready to go back to sleep. When I am on the ball, I apply it right before bed after she has had a strenuous day playing. Works great and is all natural!

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