Growing pains can be quite debilitating for some children. In fact, between 25-40% of all children will experience growing pains at some point in their lives. The most common age groups are from 3-5 and 8-12 years of age.
It is unclear why children experience growing pains and some do not; however, some nutrient deficiencies can contribute. The most common nutrients are those involved in bone and muscle health such as vitamin D, calcium and magnesium.
Having your child soak in a warm Epsom salt bath and giving them a light massage can be helpful for reducing acute pains. It is always a good idea to have your healthcare provider fully assess your child to make sure that their symptoms are not actually due to another health concern. If the symptoms persist or there are signs of inflammation (redness, swelling, pinpoint tenderness, fever or rash) definitely have your child properly assessed.