Part of The Doc Smitty's Masters in Parenting series
It’s midnight. You wake up with a tear-streaked face staring at you.
“Mom, my legs hurt.”
It wouldn’t be so concerning except that it’s happening four nights a week, for months. Right?
So, what do you do?
- Scream (or sweetly say), “Your fine, now get back in bed!” Confidently roll over and go back to sleep.
- Pull the child up into bed with you and worry till they go to sleep, then scour Google trying to figure out what the heck is going on.
- Take them back to their room and massage their legs until they are able to go to sleep.
- Are not really because of growth but we’re not really sure why they happen.
- Are located in the legs, sometimes in the arms.
- Occur at night (bedtime or 1-2 hours into sleep) or with activity.
- Occur at ages 3-6 years of age and again at 8-12.
- Are concentrated in the muscle and not the joints.
You should be more worried when there is..
- Swelling or redness
- Associated fever
- A limp
- Pain is consistent throughout the day
What do you do to treat your child?
- Reassure them that everything is OK
- Warmth (heating pad)
- Ibuprofen if severe pain