What to do

Growing pains can usually be treated at home. You can give your child paracetamol or ibuprofen to manage the pain. Sometimes, giving them painkillers before bedtime afteran active day can prevent them waking in the night.

However, children under 16 should not be given aspirin unless your doctor specifically advises this.

You can also try firmly massaging your child's leg muscles and joints or applying warmth to their legs, for example with heat packs.

Supportive footwear such as trainers might help prevent growing pains. Make sure any shoelaces are tied and that shoes with Velcro are fastened firmly.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018