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Carrie wrote at 2008-01-09 23:25:25
I was very interested to read about your 5 year olds problem. I have experienced something very similar with my 5 year old son. For as long as I can remember he has woken up at night with severe pain/cramps around his knee joints. The pain will occur in either one or both legs and lasts for about a period of 20 minutes at a time. This has been going on for as long as I can remember.

I took him to see a specialist about 18 months ago who told me it was simply growing pains.

Interesting to add that he also has flat feet (as does his father), it would seem very likely that this is the cause of the problem.

If doctors stopped giving parents this stupid excuse of 'growing pains', I could have got some shoe inserts for my son a long time ago and saved him a lot of pain. I will be doing just that after reading this article to see if it helps.

Empathetic wrote at 2010-12-02 01:42:18
Really? to the callous response posted above.  This kid is in pain and could have a problem that needs to be addressed with more than a cookie.  To the parents of said child, keep searching for your answer....such a long-standing problem is likely not solved with a cookie (as I'm sure you're aware!).  Continue with your loving parenting (without too much attention to the "problem") and you'll come up with the solution, perhaps with the aid of professional help.  

pevans01 wrote at 2011-08-18 08:23:47
I know this is 6 years later but here is another answer. I hope they have found the answer to his leg tingling by now; it would be nice to post it for us to know. On another note it  can also be related to diabetes in children. I'd like to know how this turned out for them.

Noahsmom wrote at 2011-09-11 02:53:35
I too have had the same complaints  from my 4yr old son. I will give the "cookie" a try...I mean at this point, what will it hurt! I just want to find some help for my little guy. It would be nice to hear from the first post on if it worked for them. Thanks for any help you can give.  

Lori wrote at 2012-12-21 17:03:06
As a fellow concerned Mom.  Go with your gut feelings. If you feel something is wrong, investigate it.  There's no harm in getting an expert opinion in person.  I know this, because it saved my daughters life.  Moms have an intuition that not even a doctor has. If you feel something is wrong, then be persistent until you are comfortable with the answers you receive.  This is your child.  You know him better than anyone else.  


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Dr. Frederick Blount


Pediatrician, retired. I trained at Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia some years ago and I did private practice here in Winston-Salem for 30 years until I went full time to the Wake Forest Medical School until retirement.

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