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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