Childhood Diseases

Posted by: anna | 2011/05/05


7yr old weakne3ss


My daughter almost 8yrs complains on and off of weak arms and legs! Sometimes she describes pin and needles in her legs but its almost always after a session of ballet which is about 45 min long and quite a bit of jumping is done? could there be a connection if SO what is the connection and how do i ease this.
It happens either straight after ballet or the night or even the following day. There have been times when ther is no link to ballet not sure if she played alot on those days... i have told her to relax and not hold herself stiff and to be aware of her posture and body muscles, more than that i dont know what to do...maybe a magnesium supplement?

Her medical history is good other than severe allergy to peanuts and also wheat allergy but not a sever one. She is otherwise healthy although her diet could be better and appetite erratic. She is a tall 7 yr old and weight at birth was 3.9kg she weighs 27kg but is not overweight rather big boned.

She had severe growing pains from age 3-6yrs but that seems to have stopped for a while now, could this be a form of growing pains? if i need it checked out what type of dr should i take her as Gp''s dnt even want to acknowledge growing pains!!! this time there is no pain just weakness?


Expert's Reply



It is unusual for a girl of your daughter's age to have these complaints. This always seems to occur following exercise. It is possible that your daughter has low magnesium levels. This complaint is not due to growing pains. It would be worthwhile giving your daughter a magnesium supplement daily for at least 1 month. If there is no improvement and she still complains about weakness and pins and needles in her limbs she should be seen by a paediatrician.She may need thyroid tests done and her sodium,potassium, calcium and magnesium levels tested following a careful general examination.

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