25 Jan 2017 Do You Really Have Growing Pains?
Does your child often wake up in the middle of the night complaining of pain in their legs? Does your child complain of pain in the afternoon or at night? If you answered yes to any of these then your child may be experiencing growing pains!
So what exactly are growing pains?
Growing pains are a result of muscular changes within the body. It has been found that those between the ages of 3 and 5 years old and 8-11 years old will experience growing pains. While every child may experience growing pains their severity will vary. Pain will often be experienced in the legs or knees. Typically, it has been found that a child may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
– Muscular aches and pains
– Pain is not consistent may occur every day for a week or only occurs once a month
– Pain typically occurs at night or late afternoon
– Pain can wake a child up if it’s severe
– Pain usually disappears by morning
While the cause of growing pains has been known to be unclear it has been found that growing pains should not affect your child’s ability to walk, run or undertake activities.
Pain experienced may be due to:
– Muscular tiredness: quite often when children undertake a greater amount of activity compared to normal they will find that their muscles start to ache. A common occurrence seen at the end of the day
– Poor posture and biomechanics: If there is a family history of flat feet, knocked knees this can often result in increased pressure going through your entire body resulting in a greater amount of support required from your muscles.
– Emotional upset: stress or unhappiness may causes aches and pains or occur though it is not very common.
If your child is limping, complains of pain during the day, starts to feel unwell or the legs and knees become sore to touch there may be more to your child’s pain than growing pains. Other possible explanations that may explain your child’s pain include:
– Arthritis most commonly Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA)
– Poor biomechanics such as flat feet and knocked knees resulting in changes to the way in which your muscles function
If your child has been experiencing pain then come and see one of our Podiatrist’s today at Children’s Podiatry for an assessment. Phone bookings can be made by calling our friendly reception staff on 8645 9845 or alternatively you can make an online booking here.