October 17, 2012,
N.D. asks from Schaumburg, IL on February 14, 2007
3 1/2 Year Old Complaining That His Legs Hurt
My 3-year old has been complaining that his legs hurt him *all* of the time. Initially I thought it was growing pains and then I thought it was just mimicking me since I was in my 3rd trimester with my second child and complaining that I couldn't bend. Now that I have had my second child, he is still complaining that it hurts him. Can anyone tell me if they have experienced this with their 3-year old and how long it lasted? It seems like he has been complaining about this for about 5 months. Is this normal?
Looking forward to hearing from you soon!
H.Q. answers from Chicago on February 15, 2007
Have you taken him to a doctor to rule out any actual pains? If so, then maybe it's his way of getting extra attention. I saw an episode of Super Nanny where a little girl started complaining about foot cramps as soon as her parents had another baby. She finally admitted she only did it, b/c her mom would pay more attention to her instead of the other baby. It's crazy, but could be an option...
C. answers from Chicago on February 14, 2007
My sister went through something similar with her daughter. Her daughter would complain all the time that her ankle hurt. Her doctor at the time brushed it off as "normal" and didn't look into it further. She was 2 when it started. It continued on for I want to say around 7 or 8 months before my sister switched her daughter to a different pediatricians office because the doctor office she had been at was brushing it off while her daughter was in pain. She was 3 by then. That office right away said that they need to figure out why she is in pain and did a whole bunch of tests. It was scary at the time because they were testing for all the really bad stuff first to weed them out. It turned out that her diagnosis was juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. They got it under control with medicine so that she didn't need to be in pain anymore. She is now 7 and has been in remission for over a year. They think it is permanant remission. I'd definitely check into it with his pediatrician so he doesn't have to be in pain all the time. Poor little guy! Best wishes to you in finding the cause of the pain and getting rid of it!
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K. answers from Chicago on February 14, 2007
I would call the dr and have him looked at. My sister let her sons go after him complaining of his arm hurting and leg she finally took him to the er...even after the dr said don't worry if its not swollen or bruised don't worry about it. Well her dr was wrong he broke his arm and leg they were only minor but if it was looked at right away he wouldn't be going through physical therapy right now. Don't put it off. Have your son checked.
L. answers from Chicago on February 14, 2007
This happened to me when i was 11. With me it was Diabetes. Does your son drink alot? Go to the bathroom alot? Eat good but lost any weight? Seem tired alot? Just things to watch for and maybe ask a Dr. about.
My 7 yr old neighbor had leg hurting problems and hers was Leukemia. Maybe another thing to ask a Dr.
I hope it's nothing and there is a good chance that it is nothing but keep your mind open to other possibilities. Catching any illness early is important.
S.M. answers from Chicago on February 15, 2007
Congratulations on your new born. Hoping both you and baby are healthy. Now about those legs. My son complained frequently for about 2yrs on and off and then it tapered off, but still an occasional complaint now and again - he just turned 6. The first thing I did was make sure he could move them without pain. I also had the doctor check him on one of his regular check-ups. After my son checked out okay I observed him. I observed him when he made mention of pain and when he did not make mention of pain. Was he playing, jumping, laughing, eating etc. There was no real difference so I felt comfortable with growing pains. Some things I did to comfort him was massage his legs with with massage oil that had a little lavender, rosemary etc in it. It comforted him and made him feel like we were addressing the issue. Good luck.
D.A. answers from Chicago on February 15, 2007
I had the same problem with my now 7 year old and they developed into really bad leg cramps as he got a little older.
I was told to give him bannanas and gatorade. I also found that taking him to the Chiropracter has helped because he hasn't had a problem since.
S.K. answers from Chicago on March 10, 2007
My sister when we where younger used to have really bad leg pains to where she would just sit and cry and all they was was growning pains. May be a good idea to have checked by doc. though to be on safe side. Best of luck!
L.A. answers from Springfield on October 17, 2012
my son is now 23 years old before he could even talk he would point to his legs and you could tell that something hurt....by the time he was able to talk he complained with his legs hurting...as time went on we even ended up in emergency room with him screaming and crying with them.
We tried warm baths, having him walk, we tried muscles rubs etc.. was told he just had growing pains, flue virus, etc, even tested him for leg perthies disease.... at age 5 they finally sent us to a neurologist.......he was diagnosed with restless leg syndrome, was placed on medication and till this very day still takes medication for it.......lots of times you cant see or feel anything, other times you can feel and be able to tell if the muscles or extremley tight and hard feeling.......like that of someone who walked or ran for a very long time. etc.... please dont disreguard his pain,
it could be a real disorder that could be easily treated.... ask your doctor to have him seen by a neuorlogist and pay close attention to muscles etc... and if the times he complains the most are times when hes tired, or has been sitting for long period of times etc.... sometimes there are no clues of any kind......except the pain........hope this helps someone........it took us 5 long years and many trips to e.r. and doctor etc..........
L.G. answers from Chicago on February 14, 2007
I think it would be best to mention it to his doctor. Sometimes kids make up something like that for attention, but it's best to rule out any medical issues just in case. I remember that I used to get leg cramps very often when I was little and it would be so painful I wouldn't be able to walk. I'm 35 now and still get leg cramps, just not nearly as often as I did as a child. My mom always gave me St. Joseph's Aspirin and within a half hour the pain would go away and I would fall asleep from the exhaustion of being in pain.