Formulations comprising natural and herbal ingredients can be safely used on children, but do consult a dermatologist to make sure.

A laughing, playful child is a pleasure to behold. Running in the great outdoors, spending all their time climbing trees and chasing their friends around the playground, makes your child agile and strong. A fit and active child will grow into a fit and active adult, and that is what you wish for as a parent!

But lots of play and adventure also entails bloody knees and elbows, sore muscles and joint pains.

Most children bounce back from pain quickly…

Though we like to think of them as fragile and delicate beings, children are often hardier than they appear. An active child is twice as likely to bounce back from seasonal illnesses and playground injuries, than a child with a largely sedentary lifestyle. Playing outside every day, getting hurt and picking oneself up after a play-related injury – these are important episodes in childhood that every child must go through to become tougher and stronger.

Playground injuries often include cuts, scrapes and sprains. In case of serious injuries, there may be swelling around the site of a muscle pull, or a hairline fracture. Bone fractures are common in children who are into sports teams for cricket, football, etc. and where the potential for injuries is higher. The good news is, children bounce back from these injuries quite easily – prompt medical attention and bed rest takes care of everything!

If your child is into sports or athletics…

Like we mentioned earlier, there are more chances of playground injuries among children who play sports every day. Your child may be training on the school’s football, basketball or cricket team, or may be taking badminton or tennis lessons a few times a week. Or they could be athletes representing their school.

  • The point is, a child that plays a sport regularly trains at a more intensive level than a child that runs about for fun. Rigorous training makes the body stronger, but also increases the propensity for muscle stiffness, inflammation and joint pains. When not guided properly or attended to by a physiotherapist, their joint and bone stress may go unnoticed, leading to severe pain over the long run.
  • All sporting activities must be supported with the right gear (the perfect footwear, gloves, and pads are essential), proper nutrition and adequate amounts of rest. However, your child also needs a backup pain relief system for muscle and joint pain when they experience it during training or once they are resting. Injuries and pain are inevitable part of sporting action, but carrying on despite the pain is another matter altogether. A good spray for joint pain can have them back on their feet and participating in the sport in no time.

How pain relief sprays work

Pain relief sprays are the 20th Century’s panacea for all body pain, whether it is muscle- or joint-related. Sprays for joint pain were first used exclusively by professional sporting teams around the world – these would often be found in the form of liquids that would need some amount of light rubbing into the skin. Later iterations introduced sprays for joint pain that were rapidly absorbed by the skin and which went straight to the root of the pain.

The sprays normally cause an immediate cooling and numbing sensation to ease the pain. The best sprays for joint pain like Moov spray are formulated using a compound of substances like eucalyptus oil, wintergreen oil, turpentine oil and mint extracts. These natural ingredients isolate the pain and get to work on it at once, thus easing discomfort. You can add a can of Moov pain relief spray to your child’s kit bag and instruct them on how to use it whenever needed.

If you are worried about whether these sprays for joint pain and muscle pain are safe for children, then you can consult your paediatrician for more inputs. Asking a dermatologist about it will also help – but be careful about the use of the spray on cut or broken skin, or if your child suffers from any allergies or has sensitive skin.