Leg cramps occur when you get an electrolyte or mineral imbalance in the body. Ones that you suffer at night are called recumbency cramps. They feel like spasms and contractions. These are usually very painful in children. Often referred as “growing pains”, can keep your child up at night and you want a quick solution. Offer your child water, and the best solution is to help them relax and breathe through the pain. Help by gently massaging the cramping area. A warm rag may ease the pain.
To help stop future episodes, make sure that a diet rich in potassium is consumed. Foods with fiber but not high in salt. You can try to mix honey, water, and two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar (high in potassium) to help boost your potassium. You also need to consume food with calcium and magnesium. Wonderful selections would be broccoli, leafy greens, nuts, and seafood. It is always best to consume food to heal naturally and don’t rely on natural supplements as your only source of vitamins and minerals. Try using the spice Turmeric to your food. It’s one of those powerful super spices that help with many aliments.
Year round you need to make sure that you are drinking enough liquids. It is very easy to become dehydrated and very dangerous. One of the more important times to keep drinking is while swimming. If you eat a lunch make sure you consume liquids and rest a while before you continue swimming. This give time for the nutrition to start working in your body, and you are less likely to get cramps while swimming which is very dangerous and can lead to drowning.
Remember the most important thing is to stay hydrated. When you feel thirsty you are already on the way to being dehydrated. Most importantly, children playing outdoors need to keep hydrated. Always prepare healthy meals with plenty of minerals to keep their electrolytes balanced. As always, stretch before any activity to keep your family cramp free.