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My little one complained of pain when she was younger, now she is 4 and has more muscle in her legs, now she does not complain as much. It may be growing pains.
Both my son and daughter started doing the same things with their legs around 1 to 1 and a half years old. I asked their pediatrician and she told me that my kids were too young to be getting growing pains.
I talked to my mother- in- law and she said that both she and my husband went through the same thing. It only happens to my kids at night and can get very painful. If it gets too bad and massaging their legs doesn't help out, I give them a small dose of baby tylenol and put them in a warm bath. That seems to help them, even if it just takes their mind off their legs/feet for a while.
I myself am convinced that it is growing pains because it only seems to happen when they are getting ready to hit a growth spurt or in the middle of one. I had their doctor check their arches and walking patterns and everything seems fine on that front.
I am by no means a doctor but if your pediatrician says everything else is fine, then it might just be growing pains. I'd get some nice lotion or massage oil and try rubbing her legs and feet to help her out. My dad also told me (he's a RN) that when kids twitch and move in their sleep, they could be in the deep phase of REM sleep (which probably has nothing to do with your daughter's issues, I just always wondered why the kids twitched when they were sleeping).
Hope this helps and good luck.
Edited by: WILDFLOWER521 at: 9/18/2012 (14:32)
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My 3.5 yo daughter, for as long as I can remember, has constantly moved her legs in her sleep. Just recently, she has started to complain of leg/knee pain. I am not sure if she is hearing other people say this and she is copying it (as she has a tendency to do) or if she is really experiencing pain.. It will happen at random times. I was wondering if anyone else has dealt with Restless Leg Syndrome in toddlers... Or do your little ones complain of pains? Could it be growing pains?