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How are growing pains treated?

Growing pains are not specific and a source cannot be found. It is first a good idea to have a thorough evaluation to make sure there is not a physical reason for the growing pains. If nothing is found, try to keep the child active. Use warm packs or ice if that seems to help; giving your child Tylenol or ibuprofen can be used in severe cases. In most cases the pain will subside over time. However, if the pain persists, be sure to take your child to a doctor for an evaluation. 
Although growing pains may be scary to children, explain to them that the pains are probably caused by overexertion of their muscles and will go away with time. Try massage and heating pads first. If the pain is severe, pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen can be used advises. Alert your doctor if persistent pain, swelling or redness in one particular area occurs.

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