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Growth Pains and Magnesium

Magnesium can positively contribute to avoiding growing pains

A lot of children experience what we call "growing pains" during certain periods. In fact, no one really knows exactly what growing pains are or what causes them – it's not a disease, fortunately. It's often described as pain, typically in the legs, and sometimes in the arms, that occurs in children towards bedtime or at night. The pain is often worse after a day of significant physical activity, but there's no absolute correlation.

According to, the best treatment for growing pains is acknowledging and comforting the child. Since growing pains are not related to any diseases or reduced mobility of any kind, it's important to reassure the child that the condition is not dangerous.

However, there is a lot that can be done to alleviate the problem even before it occurs.

First and foremost, it's important that the child drinks plenty of water throughout the day since dehydration can increase the risk of cramps and leg discomfort.

Stretching the legs and gentle massages, from the bottom up, are also thought to make a difference.

Because magnesium contributes to normal fluid balance, normal bones, and normal muscle function, many people find that a good magnesium serum can positively contribute to avoiding growing pains. Yes, you read that correctly. Magnesium can actually help prevent growing pains because it helps bring the body – especially muscles and bones – into balance. Magnesium can be obtained through diet, supplements, and it can also be applied to the body through magnesium-containing skincare products. For children, swallowing pills can often be challenging, which is why it's beneficial to apply magnesium to the skin, where it is absorbed locally where it's sprayed and applied.

In Cana Care, we have a magnesium-containing product called "Rest," which can be used with children who experience growing pains.

Rest is sprayed directly onto the skin, such as the legs, ideally every day before bedtime. If the child finds it comfortable, it can be combined with a gentle, warm massage.

Some children (and adults) may experience itching or tingling when using magnesium serum. This is due to the high salt content and can often be alleviated by applying the product to wet skin, such as after a bath, and then moisturizing the skin with a mild lotion or a good oil afterward. As the body's magnesium levels increase through daily use, the tingling sensation will diminish.


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