My 5 year-old has been complaining about leg pains her words " My Leg Bones Hurt" I told her like I told my other 4, Baby its just growing pain. It means your getting taller. Sunday morning she woke up at 6am screaming about her legs hurting, I gave her children's Motrin that did not help at all. Around 7:30 I gave her a dose of children's Tylenol finally around 8:30 she stopped crying. Several times through out the day she complained about the pain but never cried. I got a call from school today about her complaining. She has not fallen. She has no cut, scraped ,scratched ,or bruses (SP) Should we take a trip to the Doctor? My other question is do you apply Heat or Ice Packs to the type of pain. Thanks for listening =)
My daughter had her Dr appt. last Friday to my surprise the Dr. was very interested asked both of us tons of questions, ran tests and did blood work. Got the results back today she is slightly low on potassium,but not that low he wants to check it again in 3 months. He also said he believes she does have growing pains, But also said if she has another attack like b4 to bing her back. Thank you all for your support.
Hi A....my daughter also complains of leg pains..we always say the same...growing pains. We give motrin and tylenol as you do but also wrap her legs with a heating pad with a towel around it. The heat (only set on medium) seems to help. Good Luck!!!
My 12 year old started complaining with leg pains that continued to get worse. I took her to the doctor and they did x-rays and MRI and found she did have growing pains,but it had went into the muscle. I had waited a while and she now has an enlarged knot right below her knee that she has to really be careful with while doing physical activities. She also has to take a muscle relaxer when doing a lot of physical activity. The disease is called Osgood-Schlatter's Disease. It can be very painful and damaging to the knee if it is not seen about, but very treatable. My daughter has been very active since she was two. She still loves to run. Defintely have it seen about. Good luck.
I have a six year old with leg pains like that. It doesn't matter what he does he will have severe leg cramps. His doctor has ran test and the have all come back normal. He suggested an old wives tale remedy. He told me to put soap shaving under his bed sheet between the mattress and the fitted sheet. I don't know why or how, but this seems to have helped. He still gets them, but not as often or as severe. Hope this helps you.
I had the same symptoms when I was a child all the way until around 17 yrs old. I was diagnosed with osgood schlatter's disease. Here is a website with info on it. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/osgood-schlatter-disease... The best suggestion I can give you is to take your child to the doctor armed with the information on all of the things it could be and make sure the doctor has good reason for ruling out each of the possibilities just to make sure they aren't missing anything. It is probably nothing serious but it is better safe than sorry. Good luck.
Maybe she bumped it and didn't ealize it, but I would recommend you take your daughter to the doctor to make sure nothing is wrong. My daughter use to complain all the time about legs hurting and I ignored it for that same reason (growing pain) and found out she had JRA (Juvenile Rhematiod Arthritis). I'm not trying to scare you, but listen to what your daughter is saying and get her seen. Prayfully is nothing but growing pains. My daughter now is 17yr. and her arthritis is in remission and she started complaining at 3yrs.
A little about me:I am a 38yr old mother of 2. A 17 yr. girl and 14 yr son. I a student and work outside the home. I use to be a stay home mom and I enjoyed it to the fullest.
I do not want to scare you, but I want to tell you what happened with my 12 year old (my oldest out of 6 daughters). She complained of leg pain and I blew it off that it was stress from playing basketball, that is until March 19, 2007 when she fell off her skateboard onto her bottom and broke her femur bone. Mind you, that is only a two inch fall. Long story short, she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Synovial Cell Sarcoma. Again, please, I do not want to scare you, but go to a GOOD DOCTOR and ask for a MRI or a bone scan just to be on the safe side. We unfortunately had a bad doctor who saw the tumor in my daughter's leg and told us not to worry about it. That went on for six months until we were finally referred to a specialist who diagnosed her. The tests are expensive, but worth it if they detect anything. Also, don't apply heat or ice.
I am 26 and i use to have the same pians, My mom thought it was growing pains but i still have them to this day. I use to wake up crying, my mom would rub my feet and knees with bengay until the pain went away, now i just treat myself with tylenol. When i was younger i would notice if i was really active or ran or walked alot that my legs would hurt. Hope this helps!!!
I don't want to worry you, but I would get her to the doctor as soon as possible. My cousin suffered from the same pains that you described your daughter is having. He would wake up all hours of the night in excrutiating pain and would hurt throughout the day. They got him to the doctor and he had a phosphate buildup in his system due to kidney failure. He had to have a kidney transplant. He went through this when he was 14. He is now 26, recently married and has a newborn baby boy. He is doing fine. It would probably be a good idea to have a doctor check her out. Hopefully it is just growing pains.
My older two did this at about her age. I would go to the doctor just to be safe, but I made them eat extra bananas. The extra potasium helps. Poor baby, wish there was a faster fix. My nephew is also going thew this now. Rubbing also seems to calm them down.
I would RUN to the doctor. My son had AML Leukemia. His BONES hurt BAD. Tell the doctor you want a complete blood count. It is better to be safe than sorry. Don't mess around with any pains they may have. GOD gave us our children and we need to do everything we can to protect them. Enjoy every second with them---we are not promised tomorrow.
Please try a product called CALM. It is a magnesium supplement I highly suggest it from experience. I am a natural medicine practictioner and have used this with a girl who is 9 and had the same type of symptom. She had great success with it. Most health food stores have it. The company also makes CALM for KIDS. It has some calcium and zinc in it too.
My little girl will be 5 in July. She grows in huge spurts. Her legs hurt all the time. I took her to the Doctor for it. In two weeks to the day I took her back for a follow up. Within that two weeks she had grown a quarter of an inch. My doctor said to give benadryl at night when her legs hurt. Because she cant rest. We use heating pads and alternate tylenol and Ibuprofen. It could be that your little one grows to fast. My little girl is as tall as your average 7 year old and she weighs 60 lbs. Good luck.
I would go ahead and take her. I remember "growing pains" myself and they really did hurt, so that is probably what it is, but I would ask them for an x-ray since she is waking out of her sleep in pain.
My little sister had the same problem. I'm 15 years older than her and I had to sleep with her when she was little. She would wake up every night crying about her legs hurting. And I would have to rub her legs until the stopped hurting enought for her to go to sleep. My parents took her to a couple of different doctors and they said it was growing pains and not much you could do about it. The finally ending up taking her to a Chiropractor. He told them because she was so small and so very active. She played soccer and ran outside all the time. That her bones could not keep up with her. We tried slowing her down a bit and lived through it. I hope some of this info may help.
I would take your 5 year old to the dr. I have 4 children, 2 which are already grown. We were never much on going to the dr, but always did when there was something unexplained that we couldn't "fix" or endure for a couple of days. As for using heat or ice packs, I'd say at this point, whatever helps relieve the pain. Are there any other symptoms? Such as legs being warm to the touch. Or pain that extends anywhere else? My oldest son had really huge growth spurts and he had pains all over when he hit them. He's now grown into a 6'2", 210lb man. Your problem may well be growth pains, but I'd make a visit to the dr just to rule out anything else. Unexplained leg pain can be caused from a variety of things. Good luck and keep us posted.
My first instinct is that she may have a potassium or other vitamin deficiency, but I want to mention this as well.
This may sound strange, but stay with me a minute :)
How much does your daughter drink during the day? A doctor told me this..many people are dehydrated and don't know it. They drink fluids every day, but not enough of them (or the right kinds-sodas don't count) A person's muscles are constantly contracting and expanding and if you are not properly hydrated, it can cause cramping. I can usually tell when I haven't had enough to drink because my legs hurt. I'll drink a glass of water and twenty or so minutes later, I can tell a difference. My husband works outside every day, and he has the same problem and the first thing I ask him is what he drank that day and it was usually very little to nothing. I keep Gatorades around for him. My mother-in-law thought it was ridiculous until she tried it. I would make sure that your daughter drinks plenty of water (or gatorade). It may help. I definitely wouldn't let it continue much longer without seeing a doctor, though.
Hi A.. My four year old daughter went through the same thing. She would wake up several times at night and still complains throughout the day. Fortunately for us it's just growing pains. Our doctor told us that some children experience pain more than others. You can try a cold pack to see if that helps. The meds should help relieve some of the pain. Just keep alternating them like you did before. They work better together like that than seperatly. Other than that there is just not much else to do. If to make you feel more comfortable, you could make an appointment with your doctor and suggest some x-rays. I wish there is more to do other than that. Just pray that she grows out of it quickly. I hope this helps.
I would definitely take her to the doctor. Growing pains are uncomfy but usually do not cause so much pain that the child is waking up screaming. You may want to have her checked out of juvenile arthritis, I had a friend as a child who had it in her hands and she had excrutiating pain b/c of it at times and would have to miss school. Hope everything works out. Keep us posted.
I have lived with leg pains all my life, I am 37 years old. I have found my legs seems to hurt the worst when the pressure/climate change. The only thing I know to do that has worked for me is Aspirin/Tylenol/your choice and to keep my legs as warm as possible by covering them with covers or as many covers she can tollerate. I wouldn't recommend rubbing them because it hurts that much worse. I hate leg pains for anyone because I know how it hurts. Usually I can predict a weather change even before it changes due to my leg pains. I know this is not encouraging but years ago I'll never forget~~my legs hurt for 3 solid days I couldn't even hardly walk and a Tornado came through with massive destruction.
There is an article in the May 2008 issue of Parents magazine about juvenile arthritis. It says to look for swollen, tender or stiff joints following rest or decreased activity. It also says it often gets dismissed as growing pains, so it may be worth having your doctor check it out. Hope this helps.
My son has severe growing pains also. The doctor told me to give him 250 mg of magnesium everyday. He noticably complains less. He still has a painful fit every great once in a while but not like he used to! He turns five at the end of this month. he is 45 pounds. You might want to ask your doctor how much to give her depending on her wieght & age.
Definitely go to the doctor. If not for anything else, to have peace of mind. My oldest (7 at the time) had leg pain that got so bad that she would crawl this past fall. The doctor checked her, x-rayed, and ran blood tests. Fortunately, there was nothing wrong and the pain disappeared as mysteriously as it appeared after a week or two. Not all of the outcomes are bad, but if something is wrong, the sooner you can start treatment, the better.
children do not wake up crying or hurting for no reason. If you can not see something obvious, get to the doctor. don't downplay the pain your child was in. doctor's need to hear that this was out of the ordinary. Stay on it. You never know.
My daughter was 15, and had a pain in her back. After a week, it was not gone. I had given her IB to help, but it was not going away. Our doctor was not in, so the new doctor gave her the typical once over and said, just give her more IB and check back in a few days. She died on Sunday morning, sleeping next to me.
Later, we found that her back pain was a symptom of something more serious. I felt like I should have been more attentive, more demanding, more, more, more. I finally had to accept that it is what it is.
I don't mean to be alarming. I just think that so many of us think we have to wait till something is so serious before we even make the appointment. Medicine should be for prevention, in addition to treating symptoms.
My beautiful angel was very active and happy till her freshman year. Then, she got very tired. This was not normal. There were two instances where she fainted in the previous 18 months before she passed. They were also signs, but I didn't know it.
What I do know now, is that she has a half sister that has a serious heart condition and was operated on at 1 month and 9 months old. A doctor told me that there must be something on her dad's side of the family related to heart defect, because it is not normal to have two related children with heart problems. My angel passed because her heart just stopped.
You kiddo is probably fine, but you won't know until you see a doctor, and maybe have xrays. Just don't wait. God Bless
Just as a precaution I would take her to the doctor-my middle son had severe leg cramps like your daughter is experiancing-after blood work the doctor gave us the all clear-(I felt in my heart it was growing pains but it persisted and I wanted to be sure.
Very warm bathes worked the best-I would give him Tylenol and then make a very warm bathe(as warm as she can tolerate )and when the bathe was over the meds kicked in and off to sleep he went) I also increase his calcium/magnesium all of which did the trick-
sometimes he would be doing great we'd skip all that and in the middle of the night we'd have to put him back in the tub-He grew like crazy that year-he's 11 and 5 ft already-I wish there was another way to grow with out the pain-my other two have not had that severe pain-we're all so different
She's in my prayers
Hey A. I am going thrugh the same thing with my son. I have brought him to the dr about it and he said that it was just growing pains (I am not sure about that) We use heat, and it dose help a little. Really what helps him the most is me rubbing or messaging his legs. My older children did go thru the same thing or something like it but not to this extent. It worries me, but it is getting a little better. He is almost 7 now and this has been going on sence just before 6. I think its more a charlie horse that his bones, but he discribes it as his bones.
A.-hi. well since this site is SO amazing & you had 49 responses-I didn't read them all but the 20 or so I did read-I saw no mention of shin splints. I was a very active child-non-stop energy-I played softball & cheered from 4yrs & up, softball even in college. I've suffered from shin splints my whole life. Even when I was working as a bartender & on my feet all day, I'd have to shift my weight from right leg to left leg. & it hurts! My sweet mother rubbed my legs half of my life! I know that sounds exhausting & probably will be but that's all that would help me. She rubbed them vigorously from ankle to knee w/the palm of her hand. Sometimes it would take 10min and I'd be back asleep-sometimes it would take 45. To this day, I tell everyone about her doing this and how much I appreciated it cause it's awful lying in your bed, tired, in pain & alone. no guilt trip intended... =) good luck and I hope she gets some relief!!
*32yr old Army wife and mother of two(8yr old boy/8mo old girl) L. C.
A., I remember my little brother had "growing pains " really bad when he was about that same age. My mom would be up with him for hours rubbing his legs. Have you tried a warm bath ? You could also get warming massage oil and rub her legs before she falls asleep at night . Also rotate the motrin and tylenol every 4-6 hours. The Dr. might prescribe something stronger if that doesnt work. Good luck.
Is your daughter on Singulair? My son was on Singulair for 5 years. He always had serious attacks of extreme pain in his legs, like spasms or cramps, which laid him out crying on the floor for 10-20 minutes. The cramps later began in different parts of his body. He also had numbness in his extremities as he got older. I researched side effects of Singulair and my son had every classic symptom, including leg cramps. I took him off immediately. He has rarely had cramps anymore or numbness.
If there is not a simple solution, I would definitely take her to the doctor.
I would take her to the doctor. You never know what it could be if she is waking up from sleep with that much pain. I do however work with someone who has a daughter your age to actually does have growing pains. Her mom runs her a warm bath and lets her soak then rubs her legs with some lotion...............seems to help her.Just a temporary suggestion, hope this helps and good luck!
K has been doing this for about a year, but it does seem to go in cycles of about once a month now. When it is going on and we plan on sleeping through the night we have to give her Motrin before bed. If she wakes up during the night we give her Tylenol then. I feel so sorry for the kids feeling this pain so intensely.
My daughter had the same problem and so did I when I was young. We did two things, first we propped her legs up at night while she was sleeping. I don't know if that actually helped or not.
Mainly, we increased her calcium intake. That was my problem too. I did not have enough calcium and the bones were actually hurting. The doctor told us "growing pains" is the cause, but the growing pains would not be "pains" if the calcium deficiency was not there. Both my daughter and I make sure we drink plenty of milk or eat cheese and take multi vitamin with calcium.
I have a six year old and she complains somewhat frequently too. I have found that stretching helps alot!! i don't know if it is cramps or what but it helps to start by stretching! We usually bend down and touch our toes - but remember to never straighten the leg all the way as it can cause tears in the muscles. Then we pull our foot up backwards close to our buttochs and hold. We always hold our stretches for 30 seconds as I have read recenlty that that is the recommended length of time to hold them - What a difference it has made! Many more stretches can be found on the internet and shown to you my her doctor when you go! Basically, we just do calistenics but I have noticed that it helps me too since I am pregnant and tend to get cramps and they have helped MY leg and foot cramps, too!!
Hello there. I'm sorry to hear about your 5 y/o but you need to take her to see a doctor... It seems to me this has been going on for an extended period of time. In order to get to the source of the problem make an appointment with your doctor. Ice is use if there is some swelling and heat is to help with circulation..I would strongly recommend a doctor's visit ASAP.. I will keep you in my prayers...
If my child was ever experiencing pain enough to bring tears and it persisted for more than a few hours, I would have been at the dr. on that day. Please have her checked out. DO NOT start supplementing with minerals as some are suggesting until you get a blood count letting you know where her counts are currently. Too much of a particular vitamin or mineral can cause problems with certain organs. If she shows a deficiency then definitely, but not until you know her count and what is a normal range for her age.
Hi, Just recently my 4 year old daughter was diagnosed with Legg Perthes Disease. She woke up one Sat. limping and complaining her left legg hurt. We did the same thing gave her Motrin and just left it at that. The next morning she woke up screaming and crawling to our bedroom. She couldn't walk. I took her to her Dr., they ran tests... MRI and we found out she had Legg Perthes. She is now going to physical therapy and it seems to be going through the healing process. So, I think a visit to the Dr. wouldn't hurt.
The answer to your question with heat and ice is either one. If it had been an injury, then you would need to make sure then to only add ice for the first 24 hours then could alternate heat and cold packs. Since your daughter denies injury and there is no apparent abrasions then most in likely you are good to do either. Also if she continues to complain of pain it never hurts to be safe and go ahead and take her in to the doctor. I answer these type of questions all day long-- I am a nurse in a clinic.. You can always request x-rays that may show the cause of pain just remember that hairline fractures do not always show up especially is it is very tiny. Most in likely it is nothing to be worried with but children that continue to complain with pain usually have something that is causing the pain. You know your child more than anyone else and you will just know if something is not right. Take care and please update us on how she is doing!!!
I would take her to the doc. This is really off the wall but when I was about 13 I had very intense pains in my leg...so bad I couldn't walk. I went to the doctor and he found a very small sore on my foot, he cut into it and found fivee very long splinters inside my foot. I still can not figure out how that happened. I don't remember stepping on anything and didn't go without shoes often at that age but the splinters were hitting a nerve that made my "leg bone" hurt too.
I have a 5 year old daughter who was having pains in one of her legs. It ended up being what is called Perthes Disease - this is where the top of the femur bone has died off due to lack of sufficient blood flow - for some unknown reason. It is something that mostly they grow out of but we did go to the Orthopedic clinic and they xrayed it and she does stretching exercises each day to help with the pain. Since we started the exercises, I hardly ever have to give her any pain meds. Perhaps this is what your daughter has. Whatever it is, I hope she recovers soon and all is well.
Growing pains are thought to be caused from the bones growing faster than the muscles that attach to them, thus stretching the muscles painfully until they can catch up. If it's truly growing pains, you can try heat OR Bengay, but never use both together and never sleep on a heating pad. Ice you would only use for an injury, and then only for about the first 24 hours. I wouldn't recommend ice for growing pains...it won't help and will just wake her up. Bananas are a good idea to try...they won't hurt anyway. You can also massage and gently stretch her legs. I would probably have the doctor check her out, just to rule out any kind of rare tumor, but it's unlikely if she's complaining of both legs hurting.
I agree with those saying you should quickly get to the doctor. My friends nephew was recently diagnosed with AML Lukemia and they found it when they took him to the ER thinking he had sprung his arm during a tee ball game. He was complaining and crying about how his arm hurt. They did a blood count "to be safe" and it came back Lukemia. It could be something like potassium or calcium but I would not self-diagnose this one. Let the MD check her out! Keep us posted!!!
My son who is 5 now, was limping when he was around 2 yrs old. He expressed no complaints, but his limp was obvious. I wasn't aware if he had fallen or not, but took him to his doctor. For extra measure, he was X-rayed (traumatizing for a 2 yr old). His pediatrician was worried he may have a horizontal hairline fracture. Nothing showed up in the X-rays thankfully, and it was decided it was growing pains. If it persists, you may want to take her in, just for the peace of mind stamp and if she hears it from the dr., she may not complain so much. My 3 yr old started limping, too, this year and we automatically thought "growing pains", but still took him in b/c he would walk on his tippy toes with his limp. We thought "maybe something was in his foot." BUT it was growing pains. Don't you just love how kids can keep you worried?????? Good luck and I hope it is just growing pains.
This is definitely worth a trip to the doctor. she has had consistent pain for several days and so intense it is waking her up. THis could be anything from low magnesium or potasium or God forbid something quiet serious. I wouldn't play around it's just a co=pay to have the peace of mind that it is just growing pains. (which many dr's are now saying do not exist). so good luck and let us know
I agree, this could possibly be low potassium or magnesium but waking her up with such pain that makes her scream could be more serious and it would help you to be able to at the very least get the worry off of your mind. If it is something worse, then it is always better to get it stopped as soon as possible.
I have read through all the responses and have not seen this one. I think as she is growing you should keep a look at her spine. As it could be what I experienced as a child. It may not be the legs at all, but her spine. My circumstance is much longer than this I shortened it a lot.
One morning when I was 6 I woke up with severe leg pain, to the point that I couldn't walk it hurt so bad. My mom took me to the doctor. They put me in the hospital to run tests and couldn't find anything wrong. Every 6 months or so it would happen and I don't remember how long it lasted each time. But I couldn't dress myself or even pick up a pencil off the floor. Every time it happened I went to the doctor and always the same story...growing pains.... I had this from the age of 6 till now. Long story short my mom asked a doctor when I was 17 about scoliosis and was told I had none. The next year went to another doctor and just from my complaints He said that he thought I had scoliosis. went to look at my file of x-rays, He looked at the ones that were taken from the year before. And had some more taken to compare. We were told not only did I have scoliosis but it was severe. Instead of the C shape curve I had an S shape curve. I think that you should take her to the doctor. Mine was found to late to help. Because of that I have back pain all the time. I have just learned to deal with it. There is help if this is what it is and better to do it while she is growing. Now I need a wheelchair to get around in because it still hurts to walk. I am not trying to scare you or anything just thought you should hear my experience with the bone pain.
My first and sixth children, both boys, had the same problem. The medical doctors claim not to know what causes it, but I looked it up in some of my books. I added extra doses of calcium, magnesium and potassium in their diets, as they were lacking in these. The "growing pains" were much better.
I know how your heart tore when she was crying. Try to add these minerals through food, but if you can't get chelated calcium. It is best to take them in a form that is as close to real food as possible. Calcium and magnesium should be taken together at night. The potassium can be given in the morning, although eating a banana every day should do it.
My daughter had the same problem and so did my half sister who is two months younger than my daughter. My step mom switched to organic milk and i switched to braum's milk since neither one hormone their cows and both girls have stopped complaining about their legs hurting. You might want to switch your milk and see if that helps.
My now 13 year old son had the same problem. We were living in New York when he was about 4 years old, when he would wake up crying and grabbing his legs in the middle of the night. I took him in to the doctor, and they did an initial blood test. That blood test got us referred to a Rheumatologist. They thought it might be Juevenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, but it wasn't. Our Rheumatologist now at Arkansas Children's Hopital is Dr. Paula Miller she's wonderful! My son was diagnosed with non-specific leg pain. It's worse than growing pains, but not life threatening. He is being treated with prescription anti-inflammatory drugs (the same as ibuprofen only stronger than you can get over the counter.) He plays football and does track, and we just increase his dosage as needed. In the off season (like over the summer) he sometimes doesn't need them at all.I think it's definitely worth a trip to the doctor. It could be something fairly simple.
My 5-yr-old also has been complaining of leg pains. Sometimes it is the muscles, and sometimes it is the knees. I've been told growing pains and potassium at the dr's office, but I want to research it further. I think she may be sensitive to food additives like I am. Below are some websites:
I am a 50 year old grandmother of 2 beautiful girls, 5 and 14 months. As far back as I can remember I had leg aches. I would take a pain reliever , take a hot bath and soak and then elevate my legs. This would usually work. I can remember my mother rubbing my legs at night. Dr. said it was growing pains. My daughter had them and finally out grew them. My granddaughter still has them. Hopefully she will out grow them soon. God bless you and your little girl.