I remember the dull aching throbs of growing pains. Do you? Now, my daughter has had them too. For weeks this spring, she would wake up in the night crying and wanting her leg rubbed.
Then someone recommended that I increase her calcium intake.
Growing pains could be a signal that your child’s body needs more calcium. Makes sense, doesn’t it? Your bones are growing and require an extra dose of calcium. 99% of a child’s calcium is stored in the bones and teeth, where it helps them grow and keeps them strong.
What about Vitamin D? Vitamin D helps the body absorb the calcium. A study conducted of children with growing pains showed that only 6% had normal Vitamin D levels. Most were lacking Vitamin D.
Besides growing pains, other possible indications that your child needs calcium are night terrors and bed-wetting.
photo by Colin Brough
Food is the best medicine. I fully believe that. Nourishing broths, milk, yogurt and broccoli are good sources of calcium. The sun freely gives out Vitamin D. But sometimes growing bodies need supplements.
Adding a calcium supplement with Vitamin D works for my daughter. It’s not at overnight cure though. Calcium takes a little while for the body to assimilate (though the pharmacist said liquid supplements work fastest) but after a week or so, the growing pains stopped. If I stop giving her calcium supplements, the growing pains return.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or a nurse. The only hospital I have ever worked in is a doll hospital. There, a band-aid can fix a heart attack. You can get too much calcium. Please do your own research and check with your health care professional before treating a child.