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Can Toddlers Get Cramps in Their Feet?

Foot cramps can cause sharp pain in your toddler's feet. Learn how to alleviate their discomfort

Malika Yuldasheva
By Malika Yuldasheva
Dorian Rhode
Edited by Dorian Rhode

Published October 25, 2023.

a little girl sitting on the floor in front of a sliding glass door holding her foot

Although it's relatively less common than in adults, toddlers can get foot cramps. They can happen for because of fatigue, dehydration, electrolyte imbalances, rapid growth spurts, or even ill-fitting or uncomfortable shoes.

Understanding Foot Cramps

A foot cramp is a sudden and involuntary contraction of the muscles and typically occurs in the arch, toes, or calf. It causes a sharp pain lasting a few seconds to several minutes.

Various factors can cause foot cramps in toddlers:

» Make sure your toddler's shoes are properly sized

Symptoms and Signs of Foot Cramps in Toddlers

Foot cramps in toddlers can be uncomfortable and distressing for the child and the parent.

Some of the symptoms are:

How do you comfort a toddler experiencing a cramp?

Here are some steps you can follow:

  • Gently massage the affected area with slow, circular motions to help relax the muscle.
  • Use a low-heat warm compress on the foot to increase blood flow and relax muscles.
  • Ensure your toddler is hydrated.
  • Dim the lights or speak soothingly to create a comfortable environment.
  • Take their mind off the discomfort with a favourite book or toy.
  • Help your toddler change positions to relieve the cramp.

Note: Always consult a healthcare professional if the cramps persist or become severe.

Prevention is Better Than Cure

Ensuring your toddler wears proper shoes is crucial for preventing foot cramps. Try Firsts Walkers' orthopaedic shoes collection. They are lightweight, flexible, and have a wide toe box for natural foot development.


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