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Many things can cause leg pain. Too much exercise or overuse can cause a muscle cramp (or charley horse). Your child can get leg cramps from not eating a balanced diet that has enough potassium, calcium, and other minerals. If your child does not drink enough fluids or is taking certain medicines, he or she may get leg cramps. Other causes of leg pain include injuries, blood flow problems, and nerve damage.
You can usually ease your child's pain at home. Your doctor may recommend that your child rest the leg and keep it elevated.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: February 26, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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