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Old 07-03-2020, 07:07 AM
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My DD age 6 has been having growing pains in her legs at night. At least that’s what Dh thinks they are, because he had them too as a kid. She wakes up around midnight crying and has such a hard time sleeping the rest of the night, up on and off til morning. But only some nights.

We’ve tried wearing long tight socks, and rubbing her legs, which sometimes she says hurts but sometimes it seems to help. Any other ideas for how to minimize the pain or avoid it? We are losing a lot of sleep!


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Old 07-03-2020, 07:11 AM
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Have her eat a banana each night before going to bed, the potassium should help some!
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Old 07-03-2020, 07:17 AM
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My oldest had the same thing at that age. There wasn’t much to be done other than waiting it out. I think we have her some Advil a few times, but she’s never been one to want to take anything for pain, so she mostly outgrew it.
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Old 07-03-2020, 08:18 AM
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My son had these also as well as night terrors and sleep walking. For the growing pains, I had him take a warm bath or rubbed lotion on his legs. This helped him.
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Old 07-03-2020, 09:31 AM
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I don't know if this would help or not, but maybe try some heavy blankets on her legs? Weighted if you have it, but even just several piled up (could be just on her legs if it's warm). I know sometimes that's soothing when my RLS flairs up, which is different from growing pains, but worth a try maybe.

I hope she feels better soon! Growing pains are no fun.


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Old 07-03-2020, 09:21 PM
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I was going to say banana before bed too.
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Old 07-04-2020, 09:49 AM
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My daughter was a dancer and after her bath I would massage her calves and feet. At that time Johnson and Johnson had a baby lotion with lavender. I had her lay on her belly and did long stokes on her calves, using medium pressure. Then she flipped over and I did her feet.
This really helped, and was a nice, quiet bonding time. She now has a weighted blanket which helps calm her.
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