daughter is having pains in her feet and legs any ideas?

Sarah - posted on 05/26/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Last night my daughter (who will be 4 in August) woke crying grabbing at one of her legs and foot, we have had problems with growing pains before but this time it was different. No amount of massaging or hot water bottles would relieve it, she cried on and off all night. She would fall asleep and then wake again within the hour crying again. She kept complaining that her foot was cold so I put her socks on her and she kept banging it against the bed as well. I am thinking that she most probably had pins and needles in her foot and leg but I'm not sure if it could be a underlying problem...is it normal to have pins and needles for such a long time? I will be taking her to the doctor to have it checked out, but just curious if anyone else has experienced this with there kids.

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Cara - posted on 05/26/2010

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I have pains like that in my legs..what I have is called restless legs syndrome. It feels like things are crawling thru your muscles and you feel like you need to keep your legs moving. It is really bad for me if I have been on my feet for a long time, especially when it is cold or damp. Sometimes it is only my calf, other times it's all the way up to my hip! And it can only be in one leg. It isn't harmful, just uncomfortable. I find that a hot bath can help, as well as tylenol. But there have been times when it hurts so bad it makes me cry, or I spend the night pacing. Thankfully tho it doesn't happen that often!
http://pediatrics.about.com/od/weeklyque... here is a site that talks about RLS in children.

Erin - posted on 05/26/2010

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Honestly my son has that every so often. We finally caved and gave him some tylenol. After that he was fine. It happens so little, like literally once every other month that I don't worry about giving him the Tylenol. You could always give them a homeopathic solution too. At first I was freaked out when it happened that bad. I asked the doc about it and he said it really is normal. If it's so bad that he can't sleep to give him some tylenol. It's usually the lactic acid that builds up after our muscles are overworked. There really is no such thing as growing pains.

Sarah - posted on 05/26/2010

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I thought it may have been to much walking...thats what normally makes her growing pains during the night worse...but it was only in one leg as well which is strange for her. Normally it will either be both feet or both legs, I will have a look at her feet though and see if she is flat footed or not my husband has very flat feet. Thanks for the help =)

Sarah - posted on 05/26/2010

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How are her arches/shoes. I used to get REALLY bad leg cramps when I was younger. As I have gotten older I have found that often times it is due to the kinds of shoes I am wearing. My sister has to have inserts in her shoes because she is flat footed. I have found that if I am wearing shoes with too much of an arch my legs are going to hurt. If I wear a shoe with not much arch or no arch and do A LOT of walking then my feet will hurt. If you think this might be an issue you can ask your doc. There is also an easy way to figure out her foot by having a white piece of paper and then get her foot wet and have her stand on the paper. If you see her WHOLE foot imprint then she is flat footed. The less of the middle you see the higher her arch is. Sometimes a high arch can give problems too if she is wearing shoes that don't have any arch support and doing lots of walking.

Sarah - posted on 05/26/2010

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thanks for replying Jennifer, we have had a lot of previous problems with growing pains and cramps so she does eat at least one banana a day to keep her potassium up. But last night it just seemed different, I will definitely take her to the doctor and have her checked over I hadn't even thought about blood clots =(

Jennifer - posted on 05/26/2010

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Has she been out in the hot sun lately, and sweating a lot? Sometimes, when we sweat a lot (or have diarrhea and/or vomiting), our potassium levels drop, which can cause a lot of muscle cramps. Try giving her a banana a day, or some orange juice, to help replace some of the potassium (If it isn't that, bananas and oj, won't hurt her any). Also, check her leg for any spots that are warm to the touch, swollen, and red, and try having her sit on the floor with her legs straight out in front of her, then gently try to push on the bottom of her foot, so that you are causing her toes to point to the ceiling. If she yells that it hurts really bad in the back of her leg, then she could have a blood clot in which you need to take her to the emergency room right away. Do definately see the doctor, because he/she is the only one that can tell you what is wrong for sure.

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