I have three young children, ages 7, 4, and 2 and nighttime complaints of aches and pains are not uncommon. These aches are generally due to growing pains. There are two periods that growing pains typically occur, ages 3 to 5 and then 8 to 12.
Signs of growing pains: My children typically complain of aches behind their knees when they are experiencing growing pains. Other common areas of discomfort are the calves or the thighs, typically the front. In our home growing pain complaints most often occur at bedtime or in the middle of the night. The intensity of the pain varies from child to child and occasion to occasion, sometimes a simple kiss will make it better and other times additional methods are necessary (kisses are always required though!).
Our previous pediatrician recommended dosing my children with pain relievers to ease their growing pains but I seek more natural methods to soothe their discomforts. Growing pains are a very natural occurrence in children and I have found several ways to provide comfort naturally.
Natural ways to treat & soothe growing pains:
Massage the area. Massage is a great way to calm and relax a child (it works on me too!). Massaging their muscles also works wonderfully to ease the discomfort caused by growing pains. I typically apply arnica oil or anrica salve when massaging the area of discomfort.
Relaxation Techniques. While massaging the pain away I often use a relaxation technique. My children enjoy relaxing visualization. I often turn to our favorite guided mediation book, Moonbeam by Maureen Garth. This book is awesome. We read this several nights a week, it really helps to calm them quickly.
Stretching. My 4-year-old loves to stretch and finds almost instant relief once she stretches her body. She often soothes her own pains in bed by stretching then tells me about it the next morning.
Heat. A warm bath is always soothing If a warm bath is not an option try a warm water bottle or heating pad.
Magnesium Oil Spray helps to relieve growing pains. I often spray behind my son’s knees at bedtime to give him relief.
I hope that you find these tips to help sooth your child’s growing pains naturally helpful. If you have a go-to treatment that you use for your children please share it in the comments!