Growing Pains at 4? - Osseo,MN

Updated on February 13, 2012
D.P. asks from Minneapolis, MN
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Every now and then my son complains that his leg hurts...usually around his knee or shin. Could these be growing pains this early?

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answers from Los Angeles on

Could be.
My youngest son had (what I think were) growing pains really bad from about 3-4...then not so bad but still frequent from 4-5, he is now 6 and we haven't had hardly as many issues lately. His were always on his shins...and always at night?

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answers from Milwaukee on

My daughter gets growing pains whenever she is going through a growth spurt. Start around age 3, she is 5 1/2 now and still gets them.

The thing that she found most comforting is when I would put my hands in warm water (or use message oil that warms/tingles that area) and message that area.

Also eat a banana... no joke, the potassium helps with growing pains. It does not help right away. I always make sure to include them more in my daughter's diet when she is going through a growth spurt and I have noticed the growing pains to be less painful.

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answers from Washington DC on

It could be growing pains. My growing pains happened in the back of my knee. Maybe take him to the doctor (foot doctor) just to make sure there is nothing wrong with his feet. I had flat feet and that caused the same pain as growing pains. I had double the pain growing up! I don't remember when I started having growing pains, but they do last for a long time. They may come and go; but until he stops growing; I think he will have those pains. You may want to try a heating pad on the back of his legs and letting him rest his feet on a pillow to keep the blood flowing. Poor guy! I use to have to take medicine it was so bad. :( I know how he feels!

Good luck!

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answers from Norfolk on

4 was the first year my son shot up 4 inches in a year and the growing pains were awful.
The pains could come any time but seemed to be more frequent a night - sometimes he'd wake up crying they hurt so much.
We tried warm bathes, Aspercream, Tylenol, massage, heating pad - sometimes they helped and sometimes not.
He grew again like this at 6 and 8 and the pains were bad whenever he was rapidly growing.
He's 5' 8" now and at 13 I still think he's got some more growing to do.
We're probably not finished with growing pains till he's in his late teens or early 20s.

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answers from Provo on

My son had them the worst around 3 and 4...He just turned 6 and it's probably been a good 6-9 months since the last one. If it's at guess would be growing pains :/ (at least, that's the only time my son had them...)

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answers from Minneapolis on

Absolutely - pretty common at that age.


answers from Austin on

Our nephew really suffered with them. Started around this age and has continued off and on for years. He is 17 and still can get them. He is over 6 ft and very athletic. He had wondered when will they stop?


answers from Washington DC on

My son would wake up screaming and crying about his feet and legs hurting. This started at about 3yrs old. Took him to his ped, they ran bldwk and that was the conclusion. He is 6 now and it's been some time since it's happened. I would check with his ped just to be on the safe side. Good luck.

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