Growing Pains in Childhood - Fact or Fiction?
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The natural approach to growing pains treatment for loving parents.
Phil and Jordan (son) Chave
What do you think is the first thing a parent does when their child wakes up in the middle of the night, screaming out in pain? Yes, that's right, they PANIC!
I can tell you that was my first reaction when Jordan did exactly that. I can't remember now, I guess he was around 4. What I do remember; as the internet was in it's infancy, was that information was infuriatingly hard to come by. What was available was often clearly wrong, and most comments by the medical profession were very negative.
The darkness has a habit of exagerating every noise, every feeling or sensation, every emotion, every thought and every pain. But not only that, children can feel frightened and desperate. Do you remember back to your own childhood? Did you suffer from growing pains? Or, were you one of the lucky ones? Did growing pains pass you by?
If you were one of the unfortunates, who's daytime activities dictated whether you were bothered with growing pains, or not, you above all others will understand exactly what your child is now going through. And above all else, you'll want to do something about it, won't you?
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Did you arrive here because you typed "Growing Pains in Children", or some other phrase into Google and saw the link to growingpains.co.uk? If so, then you are probably one of the nearly 40/100 parents who has a child, or children, with growing pains. The problems of growing pains come from the uncertainty of what to do about this painful childhood condition.|
On the one hand, you can use your parental charms to soothe away the pain, or give them medication. On the other hand, is it possible there's something serious going on here, seeing as this is the third time this week, and should I take him/her to the doctor?
There is no strict evidence that bone growth causes pain, and growing pains probably got their name from the fact that they mostly occur in children. I always found they were at their most prevalant after the children had been running, jumping or climbing, the day before. Then you could almost guarantee growing pains, anytime after 9 o'clock in the evening, but more often around 1 or 2 in the morning.
So what are growing pains?
The term is just a label, nothing more. Nobody knows why they happen, they just do. Growing pains have nothing to do with growth. In fact, children normally get growing pains during their time of least growth, which makes you wonder. Growing pains tend to be more common in children who are active, which leads nicely into a pet theory of mine.
The skeleton of a child is not mature and so tends to be fairly soft by comparison to an adult skeleton. The cushioning ability of joint capsules must, by definition, be less, if not because of sheer size, then the suppleness of the tissue. The inexperience of movement, and the lack of, or slow, change of posture to absorb impact, probably means there is more of a jarring motion going through the joints, than they might otherwise expect.
If a child jumps down from a tree or fence, they may not automatically collapse the legs to spring down the momentum, and even if they do, there is the potential for the move to be wrongly timed. This is, afterall, a learned behaviour, using trial and error. There is a potential to send a large shock into the joints, and as the muscles/tendons attempt to compensate, they are stretched and twisted rather more than they perhaps should. This may be why growing pains are nearly always concentrated in the muscles and tendons, rather than the joints themselves. Adults are better equipped to understand the physics, and know that timing of impact, and moving to minimize the forces, is essential to avoid injury.
What are the signs and symptoms of growing pains?
Growing pains happen late evening or at night, never in the morning, or after waking. There can be a feeling of intense pain in a localized area, usually a muscle, or it may feel like cramp. Both legs can be affected, but not necessarily at the same time. There may be pain, or a lesser degree of discomfort, in the calves, shins or ankles, or in the thighs, quads or hams.
Growing pains are relatively common in children's legs, but what is less well known is that they can also have pain in the arms. Arm growing pains can be difficult for a child because they don't really know what to do with their hands. When they have growing pains in the legs, at least children can use their hands to rub, hold or point to where it hurts.
Pain is absent by the morning, and there are no subsequent signs of inflammation, or other noticeable side effects.
Sometimes it is suggested that the taller the child, the more likely they are to have growing pains. Is this true? It's not really true, and children of any height can have growing pains.
But perhaps the question is more to do with the speed of growth. Do rapidly growing children have more chance of developing growing pains? Quite honestly, I think they do. But I fall on the side of slow muscle growth, rather than rapid bone growth.
When bones have a little spurt, then muscle and tendon can perhaps be a little slow to catch up, and with an active child, this can have an effect on the dynamics of the muscles and tendons, which may cause them to spasm during the night. Experts would argue against this, but still can offer no better theory. So perhaps the easiest thing would be to go with your experience.
Of course, all children grow, but not all of them have growing pains. And, some like to think that because of this fact, there must be come other contributing factor or explanation. Whilst I agree there may be some truth here, when have you ever heard of 40% of children, or adults for that matter, agreeing on the same thing about anything?
If you have a bus full of 50 people and someone with a heavy cold at the back sneezes. What is the liklehood of everyone on the bus catching the same cold as the sneezer? Not many actually. The cold transmission rate of even close contact with a partner is a little less than 40%. So how can anyone say that all growing children should experience the same growing pains? If anything, statistically, up to 40% would seem spot on, which is actually the case.
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