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Does your 5 year old wake up with leg pain?

My son is 5 and every once in awhile will wake up screaming that his legs hurt. I don't really know if it is growing pains or what it is. I asked his doctor and she didn't give me an answer.. Anyone else's kids do this? If so what is it?


Asked by Alexsmom04 at 11:20 AM on Mar. 27, 2009 in Kids' Health

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  • I'm so experienced in this! My 13 year old spent years with them and my 6 year now does. I was always told bananas well they somewhat help but the reason I realized they were happening is lack of continuious activity. Mon-Fri my child has p.e, she doesn't get them. Now if she spends all weekend just sitting around, come Monday after having p.e, she'll get one Mon. night. weird I know but it's a pattern. Lying on her back with her legs straight up against the wall helps too. Circulation.

    Answer by MAMAMISTY33 at 11:34 AM on Mar. 27, 2009

  • yes my 5y/o dd was complaing about her legs hurting I gave her some motrin but Its growing pains b/c I remember my now 9y/o son he was going through the same thing.

    Answer by SweetMama823 at 11:22 AM on Mar. 27, 2009

  • My 9 y/o has leg pains sometimes when he wakes up too. His are just growing pains.

    Answer by my_three_sons at 11:23 AM on Mar. 27, 2009

  • Thank you! I usually elevate his legs with a pillow and it normally makes the pain stop.

    Answer by Alexsmom04 at 11:23 AM on Mar. 27, 2009

  • My daughter is 6 & gets them and my son is 3 & gets them. I remember getting them for a long time and so did my sister. My mom says they are growing pains most of the time but sometimes if they have been outside just running allll day long its just their leg muscles are sore & tired. If you are concerned ask the dr again though.. I hate when drs dont give you answers!

    Answer by mrslloyd at 11:23 AM on Mar. 27, 2009

  • Yeah, it's growing pains or muscle pains from playing too much.

    Answer by mamaada at 11:26 AM on Mar. 27, 2009

  • It's probably just growing pain. If its more like a cramp he could also be dehydrated. Just a thought. Motrin usually does the job.

    Answer by Putchings at 11:26 AM on Mar. 27, 2009

  • I have a 17 year old son who at 2 years old had similar issue the doctor told me it was growing pains it never went away only got worse and pain popped up in other areas of the body knees , back, arms etc... at 12 years old he was diagnosed after I would not give up and brought him to a zillion doctors with FIBROMYALGIA which you can go on line and research but they dont like to diagnose it in kids they at least wait till the teen years

    Answer by SophiasMom0226 at 11:57 AM on Mar. 27, 2009

  • my 3 year old does. I think they are asleep and he thinks they are hurting...i dont know..its kinda weird you would think for this age.

    Answer by alc03 at 11:36 PM on Mar. 27, 2009

  • It is a normal pattern in his growing called "growing pains', my son had those too and I would rub his legs with or without lotion and after a while the pain would go away, he is o.k and maybe give a little "pain Reliever" to ease the pain too=if he is not allergic.

    Answer by momindistress08 at 12:35 AM on Mar. 29, 2009