(HealthDay News) - Growing pains are common pains that occur in children between the ages of 3 and 5, and 8 and 12. They occur most often in the legs, and may be most frequent after strenuous play or exercise.
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The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions to help ease growing pains in children:
- Try an over-the-counter pain reliever such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Don't ever give children aspirin.
- Gently stretch aching leg muscles.
- Place a heating pad over the sore legs.
- Massage the child's legs where they hurt.
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