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Old 02-28-2011, 07:33 PM
Location: Virginia Beach
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My 3 year old daughter sleeps with us at night. For the past couple months or so she has been complaining about leg pain at night. I thought maybe I was sleeping on it or she was sleeping on it wrong.

Well I know for sure now it's not me. Just recently she woke up and told me her leg was hurting so she usually asks me to massage it. Well this night I noticed her leg was stiffing up (straight leg) and her calf muscle contracted (like a charlie horse). As I massaged her leg I told her to stop straightening her leg but she told me she wasn't doing anything.

Well usually this would happen once or twice a week and it'll occur every 2-5 minutes for about 30 seconds (or less if I massage her leg) and it'll last for maybe 5-30 mins.

She is fine during the day, no complaints. I did some research and the closest thing I could find was growing pains, but it didnt really specify how the pain was caused.

Anyone else experience this or may know what this is?
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Old 02-28-2011, 07:47 PM
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No personal experience, but my niece's daughter just went through the same sort of nighttime pain in her legs. Her pediatrician said it can be caused by dehydration, and told her to encourage her little girl to drink more water to see if it would help.
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Old 02-28-2011, 07:53 PM
Location: Australia
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The following site suggests it is most likely to be growing pains, but recommends a doctor's visit to make sure nothing else is going on.

"If the physical examination is not normal or the pain is associated with other symptoms, your doctor will be able to discuss in more detail other potential diagnoses such as chronic trauma, infection, restless leg syndrome, and childhood arthritis."

Growing Pains | DrGreene.com

As Mattie says, drinking more water should help - the above site recommends tonic water.
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Old 02-28-2011, 07:57 PM
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My now 6yo complained of leg pain at night when he was 3-4yo. Never bothered him during the day but once or twice a week he would wake up, in the middle of the night, crying that his leg hurt. Mostly his knee area. I don't remember if he stiffened his leg up like you describe.

Ask her if she can bend her leg when it seems to be straightened like that. When my DD was 20 months, she started walking with her one leg straight and not bending it (not all the time). She never complained that it hurt so at first we thought she had just learned a silly new thing and was trying it out, it turns out she has rheumatoid arthritis.

A visit to the Dr. is probably in order, probably nothing like my 6 yo DS ( hasn't complained about it in over a year )or could be something more serious like my DD. You'll feel better once you get it checked out.
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Old 02-28-2011, 09:16 PM
Location: Mostly in my head
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I can have that and I have grandchildren. For me, it is strictly related to dehydration. I drink an extra glass of water prior to bed and it doesn't happen anymore. Some of us seem to be more sensitive to dehydration.
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Old 03-01-2011, 01:34 AM
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Maybe a sports drink or Pedialyte and a banana will help. She might be needing potassium.
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Old 03-01-2011, 08:42 PM
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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I used to get leg cramps ("charlie horse") in bed usually in the early morning just prior to waking up. I heard that Tonic Water (which contains quinine) could help. I tried it and it seems to have worked for me!
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Old 03-02-2011, 05:38 AM
Location: Virginia Beach
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Thanks for the feedback. I'll try a glass of water first before heading to the doctor to see if that helps. Thanks guys!
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