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Growing Pain

Growing pain in children can be very annoying. If your child is also in pain at night, this can lead to sleepless nights for both your child and you. But is there anything you can do about it? We’ll tell you all about growing pains in children and give you tips to ease the pain.

What is a growing pain?

Growing pain refers to pain in the legs, feet, and knees. Your child sometimes experiences this pain at the end of the day, but especially at night. This can be very annoying. About 30% of children in the Netherlands sometimes suffer from growing pains. Girls are more affected than boys, and it is most common in children between 4 and 10 years old.

What are the symptoms of growing pain

It may be that your child does not suffer from anything during the day and then suddenly wakes up crying at night. Most complaints and pain occur in both legs, usually around the knees or in the shins or feet. Your child may also complain of pain deep in the muscles of either calf or thigh. The pain may be continuous, or it may come on in attacks. Growing pains are more common after a busy day when your child has walked a lot. It is essential to know that with increasing pain your child can sometimes not have problems for days to even weeks.

How does growing pain arise?

Opinions differ about the development of growing pains. Most think that increasing pain has nothing to do with the building. Whatever the cause, research has shown that there are no structural abnormalities in the leg in children with growing anxiety.

Is growing pain severe?

Growing pain is entirely harmless. Your child will usually not be bothered by it within two years.

When should you see a doctor with growing pain?

In principle, if you suspect that your child is suffering from growing pain, you do not need to see a doctor. If in doubt or if your child shows any of the symptoms below, we recommend a visit to the general practice. Go to the doctor at:

  • Pain in only one leg.
  • Unexplained fever.
  • Pain that occurs both during the day and at night.
  • Pain that lasts longer than half a year.
  • More pain when moving the legs.
  • Limited movement of the legs.
  • Pain in the joints (hips, knees).
  • Abnormal swelling of the knee, for example.

What can you do yourself against growing pain?

There are several things you can do yourself to help relieve your child’s pain.

  • Rubbing: Growing pain eases when you rub your child’s legs. Children can usually indicate very well what they like.
  • StretchingStretching the legs can ease the pain. You can leave your child flat on the bed for this and then slowly lift the legs one by one. Make sure that the knee remains straight, and the foot is bent to the maximum. Repeat this about ten times.
  • Warmth: the pain is less when you warm the legs. You can do this with a jug or with warm cloths.
  • Painkillers: The pain can be so severe that you can give your child a pain reliever.

What Is Acetaminophen?

Paracetamol is a pain reliever that has an analgesic and fever-reducing effect. The paracetamol ensures that the pain signal is not transmitted to the brain. Often the use of acetaminophen has been mentioned as the safest way to combat pain. This is because the pain reliever has few or no side effects. Paracetamol is available in various forms, without a prescription. You can choose paracetamol in tablet form and as an effervescent tablet, suppository, drink, melting pill or powder. The effectiveness differs perform and dose. For example, paracetamol in tablet form often starts to work within half an hour after ingestion. With suppositories, the effect is usually noticeable within an hour, and the pill lasts longer than when taking a tablet. Did you know paracetamol abroad is also called acetaminophen?

Pay attention! Painkillers can only hide the cause of the pain. Therefore, always check first if you can tackle the purpose of the pain.

Does acetaminophen help against the symptoms of the coronavirus?

The advice is to use paracetamol to suppress pain and fever. This is a better and safer choice than, for example, ibuprofen, because paracetamol has fewer side effects and helps against fever and pain.

Note that there are rumors that using NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen, would make you more susceptible to coronavirus infection. However, there is insufficient scientific evidence that NSAIDs would worsen the course of the disease.

For the most up-to-date and reliable information about the coronavirus, we refer you to the authority website.

What do you use acetaminophen for?

You use acetaminophen to relieve pain. You can use it on different types of pain, such as:

  • Backache
  • Headache or migraine
  • Fever and flu
  • Muscle aches or joint pain
  • Menstrual pain
  • Neck or shoulder pain

Use paracetamol only when you are in pain. Is the pain gone? Stop immediately, the pain relief. You can stop taking paracetamol at any time.

Are you unsure whether you can use paracetamol? Please contact your doctor or pharmacist.

How much acetaminophen can you take per day?

Always check the label for the correct dosage of your medication or read the package leaflet. In most cases, it is adhered to that you can take a tablet of 500 milligrams up to 6 times per 24 hours. Make sure there are at least 3 to 4 hours between these doses. Do not use more acetaminophen than indicated in the package leaflet. An overdose could seriously and permanently damage the liver. Are you familiar with liver problems? Then paracetamol in a lighter dose is often advised. If in doubt, always contact your doctor or pharmacist. Also, contact me if you have been taking pain relief for five or more days and do not notice any improvement. TIP: Paracetamol works fastest when on an empty stomach.

What are the side effects of acetaminophen?

Even though paracetamol is the most commonly used pain reliever, side effects can occur. For example, an excess of paracetamol can lead to a headache. Do you use a high dose for several weeks in a row? Then this can give a small chance of damage to the liver, kidneys, and/or your blood. You may also be hypersensitive to the active substances in paracetamol. If this is the case, you will notice it mainly from rashes and hives.

Can my child take acetaminophen?

Yes, paracetamol is suitable for children. Please note that the dosage is different than in adults. Below we have compiled the dosages per age group in a clear overview. Also, consult the package leaflet for the correct dosage.

Paracetamol Schedule By Age Group

Do you want to know how much paracetamol you or your child can take per day? We have put it in a schedule for you. Make sure you take the time between two doses.

Age Tablets or drink Suppository
up to 3 months 10 g per kg of weight per 4-6 hours 60 mg per 8-12 hours
3-12 months 60 mg per 4-6 hours 120 mg per 8-12 hours
1-2 years 120 mg per 4-6 hours 240 mg per 8-12 hours
2-4 years 120-180 mg per 4-6 hours 240 mg per 8 hours
4-6 years 180 mg per 4-6 hours 240 mg per 6 hours
6-9 years 250 mg per 4-6 hours 500 mg per 8-12 hours
9-12 years 500 mg per 6-8 hours 600 mg per 8 hours
12-15 years 500 mg per 4-6 hours 500-1000 mg per 8-12 hours
16 years and older 500-1000 mg per 4 hours,
up to 3000 mg per day
500-1000 mg per 6 hours,
maximum 4000 mg per day