The first time you wake in the middle of the night to the sound of your child complaining of leg soreness, it can be disconcerting. Most likely, though, your child is experiencing growing pains, harmless muscle cramps that occur among children as young as two and as old as 12. Beckee Biasi, DNP, a board-certified family nurse practitioner with OakLeaf Clinics, says most cases resolve within a year or two and offers these suggestions for reducing the temporary discomfort:
“If the pain persists into the daytime—or is accompanied by swelling, a fever, or soreness in the joints—it’s likely something else,” Biasi says. “In that case, you should go see a pediatrician.”
A BIT OF A STRETCH
These simple, 30-second leg stretches could alleviate your child’s soreness and increase flexibility. As recommended by the American Council on Exercise, here’s how to demonstrate them.