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A muscle cramp is when a muscle tightens up suddenly. It often occurs in the legs. A muscle cramp is also called a charley horse.
Muscle cramps usually last less than a minute. But the pain may last for several minutes. Leg cramps that occur at night may wake your child.
Heavy exercise, dehydration, and being overweight can make muscle cramps more likely. An imbalance of certain chemicals, called electrolytes, in the blood can also lead to muscle cramps.
You can treat a cramp by stretching and massaging the muscle. If cramps keep coming back, your doctor may prescribe medicine that relaxes your child's muscles.
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 advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) 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 your doctor or nurse advice 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 advice line if:
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Current as of: November 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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