What are growing pains?
Growing pains generally occur among 25% of children 3-5 years old and later on in children 8-12 years old. The most likely causes of growing pains are aches and discomforts associated with jumping, climbing, and other activities that take place during a child's busy day. The pain is usually felt in muscles rather than joints and the intensity varies. Most children who experience growing pains do not feel them every day. Massage, stretching, heat, and pain relief medication for children can all help. Support and reassurance that growing pains will pass as children grow up will also help. If symptoms are more significant that described here, contact your pediatrician.
Source: ParentLink, 4-H/Youth Development, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Wednesday, May 13, 2009