As children participate in summer activities or even athletic programs at school, it is not uncommon to hear your child complain of joint aches and pains. With the FDA issuing alerts in the long term use of NSAIDs, many parents are looking for ways in which to alleviate a child’s joint pain naturally.
If your child complains of joint pain, it is important, first, to seek out the attention of a medical professional to ascertain the exact cause and nature of the complication. Because many children suffer from relatively minor sports or recreational injuries, your child’s doctor will most likely diagnosis the complication as a simple strain or sprain and recommend the application of heat or ice packs over the course of several days.
In addition to the physician’s recommendations, you may also want to consider providing your child with natural supplements believed to boost bone and joint health in children and adults.
Begin by considering the natural herbal product called Zyflamend. Available at most drug stores, Zyflamend is an herbal remedy designed to slow the activity of the enzyme that promotes inflammation in the joints. While the therapeutic benefits may take several days to realize, Zyflamend is a great alternative to using NSAIDs in children.
In addition to Zyflamend, many alternative medicine shops also provide a natural supplement called SAM-e. Found naturally in the body, SAM-e is a biological compound that is believed to work similar to the benefits of the prescription drug, Celebrex, which was not commonly used today. Using 400 milligram doses of SAM-e, twice a day, SAM-e will provide not only a natural remedy for pain but also reduce inflammation.
And, finally, there is another natural supplement, available at most alternative healing shops, known as Glucosamine with chondroitin sulfate. Sound familiar? It should. As a natural compound found in our cartilage, this compound will provide children, suffering from significant and acute joint pain, with relief in a relative short period of time. When considering this product, try using 500 milligrams of glucosamine, mixed with 400 milligrams of chondroitin, three times per day. Even after the first day, many children will note a change in their pain. Be cautious, however, as this dosing is not recommended in those individuals who suffer from only mild pain.
As with any joint pain in children, it is important, first, to seek the advice of a healthcare professional to ensure the complication is not one that will require more extensive medical treatment, such as surgery or physical therapy. When cleared as a standard sprain or strain, consult the healthcare professional regarding the use of these all natural supplements in your child’s home treatment program.