Growing pains aren’t just a metaphor for coming of age, they’re actually real.
When children’s bodies are still developing, they can experience aches and throbs in the legs, thighs, calves and behind the knees. These growing pains tend to occur at night and can be so uncomfortable that children can’t sleep or wake up in the middle of the night.
While growing pains exist, there’s no evidence that growth is actually painful. The aches can be attributed to the overuse of muscles during the day which can be stressful on a young child’s musculoskeletal system.
“When you’re staying in a hotel and your toddler wakes up with growing pains, but you have no Tylenol and it’s 1 a.m., you get innovative. Cold water bottle, elevated legs, hot bath and a wrap with a hair tie,” @alandrrr_ said in a TikTok video.
“Aw, poor thing, my cousin used to have really bad growing pains,” a user said.
“I had no idea that was actually a thing,” another commented.
“Oh, so you don’t just say: it’s growing pains go back to sleep,” someone joked.
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