Growing pains are a common complaint during childhood, but the condition remains shrouded in mystery. Here’s what we know about growing pains and how to help alleviate the pain.
For about half of all children, growing years bring discomfort. The pain usually occurs in a child’s thighs, calves, shins, or behind the knees. Some kids also experience pain in their arms. These aches typically happen in the late afternoon or during the night. Roque Correa shares his experience saying “I think between the ages of maybe eight and 12. It was pain on my legs, mainly on my legs…especially down my knees.” While the cause of growing pains is unknown, some research suggests overuse of limbs or poor posture may be related.
Treatment for growing pains usually involves giving kids over-the-counter ibuprofen or acetaminophen, gentle massage and stretching, as well as applying heat to the affected area to ease the hurt. If the pain persists and is severe, parents should consult with their child’s doctor. However, experts say that symptoms are not worse during growth spurts and that the pain is not confined to growth areas of bones. Contributors to this news report include: Julie Marks, Producer; Roque Correa, Editor. Copyright 2024 KPLC All rights reserved.