National Geographic : 1934 Mar
The "Growing Pains" Delusion "Looks to me as though you have been enjoyinga lot of growingpains since I sold you that suit." ,A. CONTRARY to widespread belief, children do not suffer pain just because Nature is making their bones longer and their muscles stronger. It does not hurt to grow. Whenever a child suffers from so-called "growing pains," a thorough investiga tion should be made by a physician. "Growing pains" come from definite causes. Among them are improper nourishment, muscular fatigue follow ing over-exertion, exposure to cold or inclement weather when not suitably clothed, improper posture which may induce flat feet, round shoulders, round back, flat chest, pot-belly, curvature of the spine. Tuberculosis of the joints is a rare cause. One of the most serious causes of "growing pains" in childhood is rheu matic infection. Indeed, if disregarded, METROPOLITAN LIFE FREDERICK H. ECKER, PRESIDENT . W4^ nnn iS iS BRI it may lead to permanent damage to the heart. The onset of rheumatic infection is often so insidious that its danger to the heart may be unsuspected. This infec tion may cause a sore throat, as well as pains in the legs, arms or elsewhere; occasionally St. Vitus' dance. Some times it is accompanied by a steady, low fever. A child with rheumatic infection may look anemic, may be list less and may have no desire to romp and play. He may have little appetite and may lose weight. While sunshine, rest, fresh air and nourishing food often help Nature to effect a cure if the disease has not pro gressed too far, do not delay having a needed medical examination if your child has "growing pains." He may be in great danger-the danger of per manent heart trouble. INSURANCE COMPANY ONE MADISON AVE., NEW YORK, N. Y. S1e34 u. L. . CO. "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."