Preventing Muscle Cramps in Youth

Source: About Kids Health

Many things can cause a muscle cramp. Children often get muscle cramps if they play or exercise in warm weather without drinking enough water.

You can help your child avoid muscle cramps by offering plenty of fluids during and after playing and exercising. Urge your child to drink water or a sports drink every 15 minutes when active. Also, warn your child not to exercise too hard when it is warm or hot outside.

Common Causes of Muscle Cramps

overusing a muscle
dehydration physical activity in warm weather
certain medications
holding a position for too long If your child continues to have muscle cramps, it is important to see a doctor to make sure there are not medical reasons for the condition.
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