Five Things You Should Know About Growing Pains

By Vanessa Slots, MD, Pediatrician, Renown Medical Group Pediatrics

78519342_GrowingPainsWhat are growing pains?
Growing pains are not actually caused by growth, as the name suggests. They are thought to be caused by muscle overuse since pains typically occur after an active day of running, jumping and climbing.

How do growing pains present?
Growing pains are described as an ache or throb in the leg muscles, most often in the thighs, calves and behind the knee. Usually, pain is intermittent, occurs in both legs, and most prominent in the late afternoon or early evening but occasionally will wake children from sleep. The pains may be severe enough to cause crying. Fortunately, growing pains are typically gone by morning and should not interfere with normal daily activity.

What is the common age for growing pains?
Growing pains occur between two and 12 years of age and are generally gone by adolescence.

What can I do for my child if they experience growing pains?
Gentle massage, use of a heating pad, giving analgesics (Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen) and/or stretching exercises may ease the discomfort. […]

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