Health Tip: Growing Pains?

How to comfort your child

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(HealthDay News) -- Growing pains are muscle aches and pains that occur most often in children between the ages of 3-5 and 8-12. These pains could be caused by a child's strenuous play, and usually affect muscles, rather than the joints.

The Nemours Foundation offers these suggestions to help soothe your child's growing pains:

  • Massage the muscles in areas your child says are sore.
  • Have your child do some light stretching.
  • Apply a heating pad to the sore areas.
  • Give her ibuprofen or acetaminophen to reduce pain.

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