pains, growingmedical dictionary

Mysterious pains in growing children, usually in the legs. These pains are similar to what the weekend gardener suffers from on monday an overuse type of problem. If in playing, children exceed their regular threshold, they will be sore, just like an adult. Growing pains are typically somewhat diffuse (vs. Focal) and are not associated with physical changes of the area (such as swelling, redness, etc.). The pains are usually relieved by massage, tylenol (acetaminophen), or rest. If the pains persist past a week or there are physical changes, the child should be seen by a physician.

(12 Dec 1998)

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