There are a number of simple remedies for treating growing pains at home. Have your son or daughter stretch before bed, since the discomfort often strikes at night. Toe touches, leg raises, and even lunges are good, appropriate stretches for your child. This may help relax the muscles that are most likely to ache after an active day. When your child does develop pain, take a little while to massage the sore areas. Heat may help as well. When their limbs ache, place a warm pad with a cloth protector on their heels before your child falls asleep. Make sure not to leave it there overnight. We may also recommend child-safe pain medication, particularly if the pain is persistent.
The good news is that growing pains don’t last forever. Just keep an eye on your child’s limbs. If anything seems abnormal, meaning that the pain interferes with normal play, lasts into the morning, or is accompanied by other symptoms, it may be a more serious problem. Let Dr. Sanjay Patel at Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. manage your child’s discomfort. Use our website or call us directly for an appointment: call (203) 876-7736 for the Milford office or (203) 288-4055 for the Hamden one.