If you think your child is
growing pains, try warmth and massage to relieve
discomfort in the legs. Do not rub or massage a calf that is swollen.
For leg cramps, consider wearing support stockings during the day, and
take frequent rest periods (with your feet up). If leg cramps occur during
pregnancy, make sure you are eating a diet rich in
magnesium. Talk with your doctor about taking a
calcium supplement. He or she may recommend a calcium supplement that does not
Do not smoke. Smoking slows healing because it
decreases blood supply and delays tissue repair. For more information, see the
Medicine you can buy without a prescription
| Try a non-prescription
medicine to help treat your fever or pain:|
| Be sure to follow these
safety tips when you use a non-prescription medicine:|
- Carefully read and follow all directions
on the medicine bottle and box.
- Do not take more than the
- Do not take a medicine if you have had an
allergic reaction to it in the past.
you have been told to avoid a medicine, call your doctor before you take
- If you are or could be pregnant, do not take any medicine other
than acetaminophen unless your doctor has told you to.
- Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than age 20 unless your doctor tells you to.
Reduce stress on your leg (until you can get advice from your
- Use a cane or crutch in the hand opposite your
- Use two crutches, keeping weight off your leg. Canes
and crutches can be rented from most pharmacies. Crutches are recommended if a
cane causes you to walk with a limp.
For more information about the home treatment of problems
varicose veins, see the topic