Laurel, Montana — So here you are. Your child is crying his eyes out, usually at bedtime, with what seems to be to indescribable pains in his/her legs. Your heartstrings have had it and you have most likely tried all the standard parent remedies such as walking, reading, hot towels, cuddling, massaging the legs, all to no avail. The pains still persist. Eventually your child finally falls asleep from shear exhaustion and you simply dread a repeat performance the next day. Finally, out of pure frustration, you seek professional help only to be told that it is simply “growing pains”, and that “your child will eventually grow out of it.” Concerned and worried parents often hear such bizarre comments. The sad truth is that many parents actually believe that to be the case.
You were probably told that your child’s legs hurt because the bones, ligaments and muscles are developing and a little pain is a normal part of the process. Apparently all these tissues and bones all grow differently and should cause pain. This has always been traditionally explained as a normal part of childhood. Many concerned parents have believed this theory for years because at first glance, it seems fairly sound. It appears to be plausible and after all, parents are not trained as doctors and so we are literally sold on the idea that it should hurt to grow. This becomes an accepted part of childhood – a rite of passage. Nonsense!
Think about this for a moment though……
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