Plant pain can occur at any age, but is most common between the ages of three and ten. It is not dangerous, although the child can sometimes be very hurt.
Symptoms of growing pains
The following symptoms are common in plant pain:
- It hurts the thighs, lower legs or around the knees.
- It hurts in the evening or night.
- It usually hurts both legs, but it can vary from side to side.
- It usually hurts for a couple of hours.
How much it hurts can vary from child to child.
Some children suffer from problems almost every night, while others have pain once a week or less often.
Plant pains do not come during the day and when the baby moves. The cause of plant pain is still unclear.
What can I do for myself?
You can massage your baby’s legs. It relieves at the same time that the child is comforted by having someone with him.
Heat can also help. Often it feels nice with a pair of warm socks, leg warmers, or a blanket around the legs.
Plant pain goes on after a while and always after the end of the growing period. There is no treatment for plant pain.
Treatment with non-prescription drugs
You can try giving non-prescription painkillers if massage and heat are not helpful and if the pain is cumbersome.
There are painkillers you can give that contain paracetamol. You can also give medicines containing ibuprofen. The drugs should be dosed according to your child’s age and weight. There are dosing instructions on the packages. Read the instructions carefully so that the child receives the correct dose.
When and where should I seek care?
You should contact a health care center if the pain does not bring with them, or if it hurts during the day. You should also seek care if your child has difficulty walking, starts limping, or if it only hurts one leg, or always in the same place.