Any toddlers waking up with persistent leg pain?

Rachel - posted on 10/27/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )




My 31 month old son has been experiencing moderate to severe pain in his right leg a couple times a week for the past several months. My initial thought was growing pains and I would give him Motrin and massage his leg until he fell back to sleep. Every time he woke up he would be screaming and crying telling me he had owies, sometimes it would last 10 minutes other times up to an hour. There are even times when he cannot stand up without falling. Again, I just assumed they were growing pains. Now we have noticed that he tends to drag his right foot behind him when he runs and his right leg moves out to the side when he runs. I have also noticed the muscles in his back are a lot more visible on the right side of his spine than the left side. He never seems to be in pain during the day but he seems to have a high tolerance for pain, evidenced by major collisions/falls/crashes that produce no tears. We visited the pediatrician this week who noticed an altered gait and sent us for x-rays but pretty much wrote it off as growing pains. X-rays came back fine and doc recommended more Motrin and massages. My gut instinct tells me it is something more. I am hoping some other moms out there can offer advice. Thanks!


~♥Little Miss - posted on 11/01/2011




My son has the same thing, it is MAJOR leg cramps. I had them when I was his age also, and still get them. It took me a while to figure out he needed more potassium (1 banana per day) Calcium (an extra yogurt, cheese or milk per day) and WATER! If he is deficient in any of these things, he gets terrible leg cramps. He knows too! If he gets them in the night, the next day he drinks tons of water and everything he is suppose to.

As far as the leg issue, that does sound like he needs further examination by a specialist. But in the mean time, you can increase all the things that I have mentioned. It may really help.


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Christy - posted on 11/01/2011




I would go to a specialist. If it's something major, it's better to diagnose it NOW rather than later. Good luck.

Sharlene - posted on 10/27/2011




Hi could maybe take your son to see a pyhsio or go a health shop and see if you could get cream or vitamins.cheers

Katherine - posted on 10/27/2011




maybe leg cramps......I get them in the night and cant stand and when i wake the next day my leg is still tender and affects my walking.

I would also lean more towards growing pains, but if your unsure get a second opinion

Katherine - posted on 10/27/2011




My experience with this is shin splints. Does he jump a lot? That can really cause pain if they do.

My daughter gets them all the time.

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