\u201cMommy, my legs hurt,\u201d Rocco whined. It was a Monday evening after the long holiday break away from school. I didn\u2019t think much of it, until he continued to complain throughout the evening, and woke up crying, complaining of leg pain, several times in the middle of the night. Since I was awake anyway, I Google searched \u201ctoddler leg pain\u201d and was bombarded with articles about toddler growing pains. Toddlers can get growing pains? I\u2019d heard the term before (and also watched the 80s TV show!), but never actually knew what they were or experienced them myself. I also had no clue that growing pains could happen as early as three years old. So what is up with toddler growing pains? According to Mayo Clinic, growing pains usually involve aching or throbbing in the legs, often the calves, front of the thighs, or behind the knees. The pain tends to be at nighttime and can often wake kids up, like they did for Rocco. Web MD says growing pains often start at ages 3 or 4 and strike again at ages 8 \u2013 12. Rocco turned three a few months ago, so he is right in the middle of the age range. Web MD also said the pain usually starts after a long day of physical activity. Since it was Rocco\u2019s first day back to school, he definitely got more physical activity that day than he had gotten over the long holiday break at home. He was sick much of the break, so he spent a lot more time than usual watching cartoons. Once I figured out it was growing pains affecting Rocco\u2019s sleep, I used the suggestions I\u2019d read about and massaged his legs. Besides massage, the other ways to treat toddler growing pains includes: stretching the muscles and using hot compresses. Since it was the middle of the night, I opted for massage and a little ibuprofen. Since this first bout of toddler growing pains, Rocco hasn\u2019t mentioned sore legs again. Although I hate to see him uncomfortable, I\u2019m glad to know growing pains are a normal part of childhood for some kids and there is nothing to worry about. As long as Rocco doesn\u2019t experience other symptoms like red or swollen joints, limping, rash, or fever, there is no need to see a doctor. If your child has or is experiencing growing pains, here are a few other resources I\u2019ve referenced (Baby Center, Parents, Healthy Children).