Remember when you were a kid and your parents would say things like, "I wish I had that kind of energy" or "that bed is killing my back"? And you would be all, "What do you mean, I feel fantastic and everything about life is amazing?" Yeah, now that you are standing in the parental shoes, it's a tad easier to see where some of those aches, pains, and common complaints were coming from, right? That's because there are a lot of ways your kid's bones are different from adults, just like their energy is seemingly endless and they have no problem bouncing back from a sleepless night.
According to Medscape, the late Mercer Rang — a prominent pediatric surgeon — pointed out, "Children are not young adults." That applies to many factors of childhood development, including the skeletal anatomy and physiology. "Differences in bone growth and modeling, as well as remodeling, affect the way in which conditions involving the skeleton should be viewed and managed," Medscape noted.
Whether you are worried about keeping your kiddo's bones healthy or you have a daredevil on your hand and are hoping their countless falls don't affect them down the road, this guide will help you understand more about how your kid's bones differ from yours.