The pain of growing

Since turning 3, my youngest would randomly complain of leg pains, some nights worse than others. At first, it was maybe every other week. Then it turned to once a week and progressively got worse to a point, I called the nurses line and she told me to give her Tylenol. Okay but I wasn’t okay with giving her Tylenol 2-3 times a week. For the nights where she wasn’t in agonizing pain, I would massage her leg, put a hot or cold pack and that would usually do the trick. Other nights, I couldn’t pass up the pain relief, she would be crying in pain. It’s heartbreaking. I’ve cried at least two nights, thinking something was really wrong, something might be seriously wrong and I couldn’t bear it. I made two appointments for her legs. The first to see if there were any physical issues. The doctor chalked it up to “growing pains”. The second to do blood work. Apparently, being gluten sensitive could cause stomach and leg pain but also to check for other serious concerns like leukemia. Fortunately, she was cleared of anything serious but the pains were still there and the answer I kept getting is she might grow out of it, just give her a massage, heat pack, pain medicine. That’s not good enough for me.

So for months, I researched answers and finally came across a site that made sense and didn’t just chalk it up to growing pains. The page sited leg and feet structure as the possible cause of pain because the strain or pressure was not evenly distributed from their legs to their feet. It was like a lightening bolt for me. I did notice that my daughter might have something called “knock knees” or the medical term would be valgus, which sounds terrible. Anyway, apparently most kids grow out of that, which makes sense why kids “grow out” of growing pains. Their feet don’t have arches yet but they start to form from the ages of 3-5 which also correlates with growing out of knock knees AND the 3-5 age of growing pains. All of it just fell in line with her issues.

Check out the site here:

As soon as I read this, we had to say goodbye to all the cute shoes she had and kept her in athletic shoes to see if it helped.

Well, it did. Not completely but no more nights of crying in agonizing pain. Minor complaints that the heat pack or a little loving massage couldn’t fix which I attribute to the fact that she still has knock knees and for this I’m trying to get her to see an osteo or bone doctor. From all things, a shoe site had the answer.

Not sure how common this is but if you think your child might be suffering from any of these issues including their foot over- or underpronating, I hope this information helps.

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