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MadMarchMasterchef

DD (just turned 7) was complaining of pains in the back of the legs at night. Doctor said it sounds like growing pains and not to worry.

But the cramps were annoying her.

 

She is quite tall for her age, eats well, excercises.

 

Was wondering if anyone had a similar issue and if you found anything that helped. I started giving her a kids multivitamin in case she needs calcium or magnesium.

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Fluffy Potatoes

I remember having them as a kid and they were awful.

Ds1 gets them and I massage the area with arnica cream, he uses a heat pack and if they’re really bad I give him Panadol. Not sure if the arnica actually does anything, but the massage seems to help and he usually copes without pain relief.

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Tyrannosaurus

My boys went through this last year and this year, i would apply cream but it didn't help much and it took ages to get over it.

So i took them to physio (he did massage for half hour) and it took only two sessions to make them feel better and they stopped feeling pain.

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FuzzyChocolateToes

My 6yo gets them. She had had them for a few years. They sometimes wake her at night. She also complains in the day time that her legs are tired, moreso than my other kids ever did. I assume it's connected.

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theboys2

my eldest (nearly 8) complains of this sometimes. I usually tell him to give his legs a rest for a while and if its still hurting to come and tell me and I give him some nurofen.

 

Most times it goes away

 

I use to get them as a child as well.

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YodaTheWrinkledOne

Both of my kids have had this, particularly when they are going through a growth spurt. Massage and rest seems to help, with nurofen if it's really a problem. Definitely more noticeable at night after a long day on their feet.

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RynandStompy

My DD aged 8 then had that during term 1 this year. For her it went from sore calves to sore heels and painful to walk.As part of eliminating we saw a podiatrist for 3 visits who said was pain caused by various bones, muscles and ligaments "growing" and in her case, now affecting gait.

They put soft heel inserts into her commonly used shoes/boots.

3 weeks later new inserts with half the incline were exchanged. Pain was much less during this.

She was fine about 4 weeks after that so we didnt bother with new inserts when she grew another shoe size.

 

 

 

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seayork2002

My brother had this when he was a bit older there was nothing they could do for him

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MadMarchMasterchef

Thanks everyone. Lots of things to try. I did get her some bath salts to soak in as well as the cream today so we will try those to things and maybe see a physio if no improvement as the next step.

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Babetty

I had them as a child and DS gets them too. Heat pack really helps.

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kadoodle

Massage helps with DD1 and DS2, especially with voltarin or similar. Panadol before bed.

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Veritas Vinum Arte

I worked on the placebo effect and gave DD special growing pains tablets (I had them as a child so have lots of sympathy), but I would give a chewable vitamin D tablet as a placebo. At least she felt like we were doing something.

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Ellie bean

I worked on the placebo effect and gave DD special growing pains tablets (I had them as a child so have lots of sympathy), but I would give a chewable vitamin D tablet as a placebo. At least she felt like we were doing something.

Why not give Panadol and actually do something? Genuinely curious as I’ve given dd pain relief for growing pains, is there a reason not to?

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Veritas Vinum Arte

I found Panadol myself useless as a child, so if placebo works no harm.

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Ellie bean

Ok thanks!

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Dianalynch

I’ve given dd Panadol, it seems to help. Poor thing has been in pain with them a few times, and I also remember it as a kid.

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YodaTheWrinkledOne

nurofen worked better for my kids, rather than panadol.

 

If it wasn't doing anything, I wouldn't give it.

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Fi Fy Festive Fo

Just want to add make sure they are hydrated. My dd can get terrible cramps and she is hopeless at drinking water. Massage and a big drink usually sorts her out

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STLJRB

My boys find that heat packs work and if really bad Nurofen as well.

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MadMarchMasterchef

Just want to add make sure they are hydrated. My dd can get terrible cramps and she is hopeless at drinking water. Massage and a big drink usually sorts her out

 

Thatnks Ive been working on thsis and it seems to have helped actually as well as magnesium bath salts which is probably just a placebo but hey at least shes nice and clean :D

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Wolf87

No advice but I used to be in agony with these as a child, hope DD doesn’t get them too bad. Weird as I’m so short, the pain did not equate to how tall I ended up :rofl:

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TND

My son had these terribly when he was 4/5. We went and saw a podiatrist who gave him a heap of basic exercises. I was cynical but they worked, frog jumps, toe walking etc. my son stopped having the pain and we all got some sleep.

 

Good luck

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Veritas Vinum Arte

No advice but I used to be in agony with these as a child, hope DD doesn’t get them too bad. Weird as I’m so short, the pain did not equate to how tall I ended up :rofl:

 

Same here.... huge amount of growing pains agony to only end up 1.5m.

 

 

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leosmum

If it continues after first-line treatments such as heat packs, Panadol and massage, then I’d definitely recommend Physio - only needed a couple of appts to help my son.

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Julie3Girls

Immediate treatment when my Dd gets them ... heat pack, ice pack (both can work), I hAve a magnesium rub that we use for muscle massage. Also tried magnesium supplements.

 

Long term ... bones grow, then muscles have to catch up, hence “growing pains”. So the physio gave her a variety of exercises to stretch out specific muscles, to deal with the he growing pains in her legs, as well as pain in her knees (same cause). And it helped - while doing the exercises, the growing pains eased a lot, both in severity and frequency. When she stopped doing them for a while, the pains came back.

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