5 Helpful Tips to Help Parents Cope with Growing Pains #wellbeingwednesday

There is nothing worse than being woken up in the middle of the night by a screaming child. Then they tell you their legs hurt. Growing pains affect between 25-40% of children and often leave parents confused with what to do. For today’s Wellbeing Wednesday tip, I am sharing with you some tips that just might help.

Try Magnesium: One of the key roles of magnesium is to relax tissues in the body. Kids with growing pains might be showing signs they are deficient in this essential mineral. Taking a supplement can help. This mineral also promotes a restful sleep, I don’t know any parent that doesn’t want that! I recommend Natural Calm Powder or Orange Naturals MagPops, a powder packaged in divided doses.

Let them Soak: Did you know espom salts are rich in magnesium? Throw a handful of these salts into the bath and let your little ones soak in a bath rich magnesium. Be careful not to buy them with added fragrance. I pick them up from the bulk section of a local health food store, such as Noah’s Natural Foods or Evergreen.

Homeopathics: The remedy Calcarea phosphoricum is well known for reducing the pains associated with growing pains and completely safe for little ones. Look at Boiron and Unda for well respected brands.

The power of touch. Massaging your little ones legs before sleep is a great way to get circulation moving and relax the muscles. Plus it’s a nice way to connect at the end of the day. Use coconut or grapeseed oil and add a few drops of lavender essential oil to further relax the nervous system.

It’s hard to watch your little ones in pain, I hope you find these tips helpful.

RACHEL SCHWARTZMAN is a naturopathic doctor in the St. Clair West neighbourhood. She is the co-owner of West End Naturopathic Doulas, a naturopathic collective that supports pregnant women and partners with the birth of their babies. WESTENDDOULAS.COM

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