Has your child ever complained about pains in their legs?
Many doctors and medical experts put these aches down to ‘growing pains’. But what are they, and what causes them?
A recent study was conducted to look into what growing pains are. And while experts found that are ‘real’, they aren’t exactly sure what causes them…
Growing pains aren’t anything new! Generations of children going back centuries have complained of aches and pains as they grow.
Often described as a throb in the legs, they can happen in the front of the thighs, the calves or behind the knees.
Some studies have suggested up to a third of kids experience them. It’s also been suggested that growing pains stem from running, climbing and jumping – which can be hard on a child’s musculoskeletal system.
Researchers at the University of Sydney decided to look into the cause of growing pains and exactly what they mean.
However, they have found there is no consistent medical definition of the condition behind a diagnosis.
Professor Steven Kamper from the School of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney and Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District reveals experts couldn’t give a definitive answer.
“What we found was a little concerning: that there is no consistency in the literature on what ‘growing pains’ means,” he said.
“The definitions were really variable, vague and often contradictory. Some studies suggested growing pains happened in the arms, or in the lower body.”
“Some said it was about muscles while other studies said joints.”
“What this study uncovered was while ‘growing pains’ is a very popular label used to diagnose musculoskeletal pain, it means very different things to different people.”
“This level of uncertainty means clinicians don’t have a clear guide or criteria to know when the label ‘growing pains might be appropriate for a patient’.”
More research needs to be done on the subject.
B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9 and B12 are the B group vitamins. When they are grouped together, they are known as a B complex.
Each different B vitamin does a different job in our body, but they all support each other’s function, so it’s important not to just focus on one but to get a bit of them all!
Calcium is required for so many body functions! Skin, teeth, heart health, bone strength, muscle and nerve functions.
Not enough calcium can cause muscle cramps, bone fractures, anxiety, depression and a tingly feeling around your mouth.
In kids, calcium can help with growing pains, restlessness, sleep issues and allergies.
Calcium is in dairy foods, but they are also high in phosphorus, which excretes calcium, so plant-based sources of calcium are really good sources.
Vitamin D or calciferol is one of the fat-soluble vitamins which is found in very low amounts in foods and needs to be synthesised from sunlight exposure on our skin.
In our slip, slap, slop nation, we are covering up to protect our skin, but this reduces our vitamin D exposure.
Vitamin D is needed for growth, nerves and muscle function. It pairs up with calcium for bone and teeth help.
In kids, a shortage of vitamin D can cause rickets, where the bones don’t develop properly. It’s also linked with lethargy, sweating head when sleeping, weak muscles, and serious conditions like convulsions and heart failure.
Zinc is a mineral used in protein and blood sugar metabolism, hormone function, immunity, wound healing, and bone health. Kids who have recurrent infections may need more zinc.
Not enough zinc can be linked to dyslexia, poor appetite, poor skin, nails and hair, slow growth, poor taste, skin rashes and digestion issues.
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