How do you relieve growing pains in kids?


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Relieve growing pains by massaging and stretching the child's limbs, according to WebMD. If the pain persists, over-the-counter pain medication, such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen, may be used. Consult the child's doctor for appropriate dosage of pain medication. Never give aspirin to a child as its use in children has been linked to Reye's syndrome.

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The cause of growing pains in children is unclear. Because the pains do not have a clear link to bone growth, KidsHealth suggests that the pain may be caused by playtime activity of active children. Growing pains often emerge sometime between late afternoon and bedtime and are felt in both legs, especially in the back of the legs, front of the thighs and behind the knees, according to WebMD. No physical abnormalities indicate growing pains during an exam.

The pain concentrates in the muscle mass, not the joints, according to KidsHealth. If joint pain becomes an issue, another source may be causing the pain, so consult the child's doctor for guidance.

Stretching the leg muscles may prove difficult for younger children. To help ease the tension in the muscle, place a warm cloth or heating pad on the child's leg. WebMD cautions against using too hot a cloth and warns against using a heating pad while the child sleeps.

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