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3 Year Old with Leg Pain While Sleeping

Hi Moms, I have a 3 year old son who complains about his legs hurting but he does this when he's sleeping. He wakes me up in the middle of the night, telling me his legs hurt. Mainly the calf area of the leg. I massage them gently until he falls asleep again. This doesn't happen every day it could be months before he'll do it again. He just did this again last night but this time it was an all night pain. He woke up this morning complaining about it. He tried to walk after stretching a bit in bed and then he said his right leg hurt. He was fine after a few minutes and went on like nothing bothered him. He has done this several times since the beginning of the year so I think I'll bring it up to his pediatrician. Just wondering if anyone else has heard about this. Thanks in advance for your response.

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Extra calcium can help with the growing pains. Shaklee has a chewable calcium that has worked great for my own leg pain while pregnant, as well as for toddler leg pain that some of my friends children have experienced.
It's called chewable cal-mag and it's berry flavored, so kids won't mind taking it.
You can find it at www.shaklee.net/rkklemm

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My nephew had the same issues and found it difficult to sleep thru the night. When I went to visit my brother and sister-in law I adjusted my nephew and did some physical therapy exercises with him. I adjusted him daily while i visited and he slept thru the night and had less cramping thru the duration of the visit. I set him up for monthly chiropractic care with a doctor in Memphis (where they live). I strongly suggest Chiropractic care-its natural (obviously you do not want to push medications on a child), quick and very effective

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It's one of two things. Growing pains which only motrin will cure. or he's having leg cramps which means he may need to have more potassuim. A banana a day will keep the cramps away.

It could be growing pains. Just make sure he's getting plenty of water and calcium. If it's muscle pain then it could just be a cramp from not enough water and calcium.

I have two boys (8 and 6) and almost every night we have one of them complaining about leg pain. Usually my husband or I rub their calf area and it is all good but there are nights were we have to give them Tylenol.
I did bring this up to the doctor when my oldest was 5 and he stated it was growing pains. Now, I did being up RLS (Restless Leg Syndrome) as I swear my oldest has it but I will not have him go through all the test and meds that he would need to be diagnosed with it.
If your son is really active during the day I would suggest a hot bath for him to soak his legs. We do this for our oldest and that sometimes works when he is playing a lot (mostly during the spring/summer season).
Good luck!

Another vote for growing pains. When this happens to my son (who is now 5...it doesn't happen too often....once every few months or so), I just give him some tylenol. The pain subsides rather quickly and he falls back to sleep. In the morning, he's fine.

I have a 3 year old and yes they have growing pain. My father suggested me a remedy that involves little bit of effort on your part. He suggested to rub the lukewarm olive oil on the entire leg. Just before bedtime but at least 1.2 hr after the food. Massage the oil in especially calf, every other day and more on the day where you are anticipating activity or has been active during the day. This keeps the pain at rest and gives you peace of mind.

All the Best!

My 3 year old has them often too. His pediatrician says that Tylenol does nothing, and that a dose of Motrin will stop the pain within 20-30 minutes. It seems to work, as my son goes back to sleep in about that amount of time. Its so hard to see little ones hurting! Good luck!

Extra calcium can help with the growing pains. Shaklee has a chewable calcium that has worked great for my own leg pain while pregnant, as well as for toddler leg pain that some of my friends children have experienced.
It's called chewable cal-mag and it's berry flavored, so kids won't mind taking it.
You can find it at www.shaklee.net/rkklemm

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