Growing Pains – Children’s Nightly Leg Pains

If you’re a parent, have your kids ever woken up in the middle of the night crying and complaining of leg pains? Both of my kids, aged 3 and 5 (both boy and girl) have done this before, particularly my son. I brought it up to our Pediatrician at one of our Wellness Visits and she said they were experiencing growing pains.

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I remember my brother having growing pains realllly badly when he was younger. His lasted for several years. He would wake up screaming in the night because his legs hurt so bad. Sadly, there really isn’t all that much you can do for someone when they’re in the middle of the pain.

My son has been similar. Although, his are not as bad as my brother’s, he still wakes up in the middle of the night occasionally crying that his legs hurt. Generally his pains are in his thighs.  Sometimes the pain is worse than other nights. Depending on the night and how badly they hurt, sometimes he lets me rub his legs, but then again, some nights it hurts.

My husband also recalls having them, particularly in the night when he was younger. However, he never described them to be super awful. They were just more bothersome than super painful.

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My son, like my brother and husband were, is VERY active. Like every “illness or pain” that my family encounters, I do a bunch of research about it so I can know the etiology as well as how to treat/prevent it. One day one of my friends, who is apart of my Shaklee team, shared a testimony about a friend’s child who had growing pains and alleviated them with Shaklee’s Chewable CalMag tablets. I decided to give them a try. Sure enough, they do seem to help! The only nights my son has woken up with growing pains were nights when he did not take the Shaklee’s Chewable CalMag tablets. So happy that I was able to figure something out that would help him but also be safe and not a pain killer like Tylenol, etc.

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This post correlates with my A-Z Blogging Challenge:

A is for ADD / ADHD

B is for Breastfeeding

C is for Cleaners ***ENTER MY GIVEAWAY!!!

D is for Diabetes & Obesity

E is for Eczema

F is for Fertility

G is for Growing Pains

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  1. Kristin Smith says:

    My kids have had growing pains, but not as often as I thought they would. I read somewhere that you aren’t supposed to tell kids they’re having “growing pains” because then they won’t want to grow up! Lol. Don’t know if that is true or not, but I’ve always tried to avoid telling my kids “it’s because you’re growing”. Instead I try to say something like, “this happens to kids sometimes, especially at night when your bones and muscles are so tired.” Don’t know if that helps, but I’ve managed to avoid the “I don’t wanna grow!” fits. Lol. 🙂

    I noticed you’ve been working on your blog–like the advertisements! You go girl!!

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