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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Growing Pains

This week we’re talking about growing pains (no, not the early 90s sitcom that launched Leonardo Dicaprio’s career) but the pains and aches that your little ones getting during those miraculous growth spurts.

Growing pains plague most children between the ages of two and twelve with a peak in three to five year olds and eight to twelve year olds.  These pains are possibly attributed to rapid bone growth and tend to creep up on kids in the evening and at night after a long and active day of running, jumping and playing. It’s important to note that growing pains usually do not cause swelling, rashes, limping or fatigue; if your child is experiencing any of the above, contact your doctor.

No parent wants to stand by and shrug when there kids are in pain so we’re here to answer the question: What can be done about growing pains?

Although they’re a part of life, there are many things that you can do to alleviate some of the pain.

Rub-a-dub-dub! After a long day of play, get your kids into the bath.  A nice Epsom salt bath can help with pains before they even starts. 

Let the sunshine in! Studies have shown that there is a link between children with low levels of vitamin D and those who experience growing pains. The thought behind this is that not enough vitamin D can lead to low bone density.  So encourage your little ones to go outside and play with their legs and arms exposed which can be difficult this time of year so seize the day when the sun is out and encourage an hour of sunscreen-less pay.

Spa day! A simple massage followed by heating pads and stretching can help sooth your child once the growing pains have set in.

The next time your child complains about aches and pains, sing them the Growing Pains theme song, draw the bath and let them know that this is a sign that they’re just growing big and strong.

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