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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Growing Pains

I came home Monday night around 10:30pm looking forward to my late night time to watch General Hospital after the house is asleep, but instead found Isabelle awake on the couch with my husband. Red alert - red alert! No child should EVER be up at my house at that time. I looked at Tim and he said, "It's her leg." It's all I needed to hear to know I would be up again during the night. Isabelle is five now but has been having leg pains sporadically at night for probably two years now. Based on my expert internet research, the diagnosis is Growing Pains.

To be honest, I had never really heard of someone having Growing Pains and thought that they were made up. When she first started having them my husband said he could remember having pains like that when he was little. Of course, I just assumed he was making up memories and a wimp. But alas, years later I do believe in Growing Pains.

It happens maybe every couple of months or so. Sometimes I find it's after she has a busy/active day but that's not always the case. You can hear her tossing and turning in her bed and moaning. She'll then wake up crying and say that her leg is bothering her. She is half asleep, in pain, and a sore sight. We usually try to just comfort her and massage her leg the first time she wakes up to see if that helps. If we're still up (like the other night) we'll bring her downstairs with us for a bit. Usually though, one time is never where it ends. She'll fall back asleep and then wake up within an hour later and the process repeats. I've learned now to give her a pain reliever after she wakes up the second time because if she's up twice she'll be up off and on the whole night. Clearly, I don't want her in pain but do try to wait on the meds because I don't want to give her medicine if I don't have to. Once I give her the medicine and she falls back to sleep she'll be fine for the night. She often doesn't even remember the incident during the night and is always fine the next day.

On Tuesday, she asked why there was a bottle of Motrin on her bed stand. I told her it was the same reason for the bags under my eyes :)

Does anyone in your house have Growing Pains? How do you handle it?

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14 comments:

  1. Diane, couldn't help but comment on this post! I had insane growing pains when I was younger--I grew almost a foot in a year and my body was NOT entertained. For me, heating pads and advil worked wonders. Hope these pains go away for Isabelle soon!

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    1. Well they must be real then if you had them. My husband? I wouldn't believe him but you I will! :)

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  2. Both of my children get growing pains (they are 3 & 8) and I can usually tell when we are about to have "one of those nights". My kids start acting differently, they become quite needy and clingy and seem sullen. I just try to get ahead of the whole thing by having my kids do stretching exercises before bed, then providing a heat pack at bedtime (which helps tremendously with my kids). Most times after following this routine, they rarely wake up in pain.

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    1. This reminds me that I did used to put heat on her leg when she first started doing it. I didn't find it helped too much then but I'm thinking I should try it out next time since she's older now. Thanks for the tips!

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  3. I used to get them when I was a kid. A hot bath usually did the trick.

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  4. Diane,

    When the twins were babies, Gabe had them around 6-9 months. He would scream and cry and we couldn't figure out why. It lasted about 2-3 weeks. Our pediatrician said that he was growing (which is what he's supposed to do), his head was stretching, as were his legs and it hurt. Because they were premies, his growth spurt caused a lot of pain and although it was ultimately a good thing, it was just painful for him. I wouldn't be surprised if he or his twin ends up going through it again. Thanks for writing this - I won't be so surprised if it happens again.

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  5. Awe, poor kid. I had terrible growing pains when i was little, in my legs, I remember it so well. My mom would stay up with me, and massage my legs as I tried to fall asleep. It was not fun. Hugs.

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  6. Adley gets bad growing pains pretty much as you described them, and we put him back to bed with a kind word, and a leg rub, but the 2nd time the meds come out...same reason. Dave also remembered getting growing pains as well...I thought He was making it up. :)

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    1. Maybe Dave and Tim are in on it together ;)

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  7. A couple of my siblings got these pretty bad. I don't remember dealing with them at all. I've been up lots lately with a teething baby, though!

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  8. I never believed in growing pains either until Daniel (who grows about an inch a week) started complaining about sore legs. Every few days, I give him a little Tylenol before bed and it seems to do the trick (even if it's more of a mental thing). Poor, fast-growing babies.

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  9. Poor Isabelle (and poor Mom, too!). I haven't experienced this personally with my kids but I definitely have heard if friends' kids going through the same thing. Too bad this type of Growing Pains does mot = Kirk Cameron.

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  10. My oldest (8) hasn't really had much of an issue with growing pains, but my 5 year old is a little more dramatic, so when he grows.....we ALL know about it until it's over. LOL!

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