Treatment

Massage, stretching, heat, acetaminophen (Tylenol), or ibuprofen (Advil) may help to relieve the pain. Support and reassurance that growing pains will pass as children grow up can help them relax.

When to Call a Doctor Pains in the shoulders, arms, wrists, hands, fingers, neck, or back, or pain associated with a particular injury, are not due to growing pains and should be evaluated by a child's doctor. Since growing pains always affect both legs, pain in just one leg and never the other is unusual and should be seen by a physician. And since growing pains are always gone by morning, pain that is still present when the child wakes up could signal something more serious.

A doctor should be consulted if any of the following symptoms occur along with the growing pain:

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