What is the treatment?

Before initiating treatment, the health care provider should make sure that the child and his or her parents understand what the condition is and that the nature of the pains is not serious. During pain episodes, massaging the painful areas and/or giving mild pain medications (e.g., Tylenol ®, ibuprofen) may help. In children with very frequent episodes – especially children who awaken at night – an evening dose of a long-acting pain medication like naproxen may prevent or decrease the pain. Patients with flat feet may benefit from a shoe insert to increase the arch on the inner side of the foot.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 01/18/2019.


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  • American Academy of Pediatricians. Healthy Children: Health Issues: Growing Pains are Normal Most of the Time. www.healthychildren.org. Accessed 2/15/2018.

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