How to Get Rid of Growing Pains

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Things You'll Need

  • Baby oil or lotion
  • Heating pad or microwavable heating pillow
  • Pain reliever
Growing pains can occur at night.
Growing pains can occur at night.

Growing pains is a term that refers to a specific pain that can wake a child. The pain typically occurs in the legs, but can also be in the abdomen. There is no scientific evidence that the pain is causing by growing, however it consistently occurs in childhood during the growing years. Growing pains resolve over time but cause distress and difficulty sleeping. There are several interventions that might provide temporary relief and improve sleep.

Step 1

Gently massage the painful area of the leg. Use a nickel-sized amount of oil or lotion to reduce friction. Place your hands around the limb and gently apply pressure along the area, beginning farther away from the sore area and ending closer to the sore area. Massage will increase blood flow to help the muscles relax and decrease pain sensation as well. Perform for 5 to 15 minutes.

Use oil to massage the painful area of the leg
Use oil to massage the painful area of the leg (Image: Elena Gaak/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 2

Apply a warm heating pad or microwavable heating pillow to the sore area. Stay with your child while the heat is in place to avoid burns. Heat the sore area for 15 to 20 minutes every hour while the pain is occurring.

Use a heating pad on the area where the pain is occurring
Use a heating pad on the area where the pain is occurring (Image: Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Step 3

Administer pain medication like acetaminophen or ibuprofen as needed to decrease soreness. Follow the directions for dosage based on your child's age and weight.

Take ibuprofen as needed to decrease soreness
Take ibuprofen as needed to decrease soreness (Image: Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

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