a) Are growing pains real?
b) How can they be relieved?
c) Can they be prevented?
My 6 yr old started crying tonight, saying her legs were hurting, and the crying progressed quickly to screaming, and about 10 minutes ago the pain woke her up and she was screaming, that high-pitched pain cry I ended up giving her some paracetamol, I gave her some brauer's Calm before she went to bed earlier, and it did help her get to sleep but I thought the waking-up-screaming was enough to warrant the "big guns" of paracetamol. She's back in bed now and the drugs seem to be helping, she's at least relaxed enough to go back to sleep. Poor little thing.
She got told off just before she started the crying, so initially I dismissed her complaint as just being tired and in-trouble. But pain that wakes you up - that's bad pain And she is a "zonker" - she sleeps through anything. I feel bad for not believing her at first - and now I am frustrated because I don't know how to help her. Plus the screams/wailing frustrates me because if she wakes up The Boy... well then I'll have two screaming kids on my hands.... I can't do anything to help her, I hate feeling useless
I tried massaging/rubbing her legs and she said that made it worse. Would something like ibuprofen be better for muscular pain? I usually would not give that to children, so am loathe to use it. Heat packs? Deep Heat? Massage with lavender oil?
Anyone got any suggestions???