3 Myths That Pediatric Orthopedic Research Disproves

kids playing together at schoolThere are things that people tell each other over the years that begin to be taken for truth. Sometimes, science backs up this folk wisdom. Other times, scientists find claims passed down over the generations to be false. Although many people still believe these three myths, you can feel relieved knowing  that pediatric orthopedics research has disproven them.

Myth #1: Caffeine Stunts Growth

If you’re a parent, kids on caffeine doesn’t sound very fun regardless, but the common belief that the caffeine will stunt their growth isn’t true. That doesn’t mean you should allow your child to start waking up to a cup of joe each morning, however. Getting too much caffeine can cause disruptions in sleep as well as anxiety.

It’s a good idea to keep caffeine away from your kids, but not because it will affect how tall they are.

Myth #2: Kids Need to Eat Meat to Grow

Many people associate dietary protein with eating meat, which is rich in protein. However, animal tissue isn’t the only good source of protein available. According to the American Dietetic Association, a vegetarian diet that is well-planned and contains a diverse amount of plant-based foods rich in protein is just as nutritionally adequate as one that includes meat.

Myth #3: The Way You Hold a Baby Affects Leg Growth

The legs of babies are naturally curved, and turn outward normally as they develop. Some people may say that allowing a baby to stand can affect this development, leading to crooked legs later. Fortunately, this is also a myth.

While there can be some developmental risk to babies left for long periods of time in standing strollers or swings, helping your baby to stand upright for short periods of time doesn’t pose a risk to their pediatric orthopedic development.