I think you will know if he is not well, if you are worried get him checked out by GP. My 3 year old does the same, I do worry I'm ignoring him but when hes ill you can tell from his behaviour. Is he just under weather?
If I wasn't sure he was managing to eat a good balanced diet I might give him a daily vitamin for a while, just until he was back on top of the weather again. But otherwise I wouldn't worry too much -- although possibly decide to see the GP if he seemed no better in a month's time.
It depends where it is, if it's a hip pain then it needs looking at by a doctor. I'd be tempted to get it checked either way, it could just be a little muscle pain or something else. Small children are a PITA to diagnose as they can't always tell you exactly how they are feeling so it's alot of guess work by ruling nasties out first. You know what he's normally like though, if you think he's being 'off sorts' then get him checked. Do mention it tomorrow if he's OK but complaining though, he may have just pulled a muscle.
Hi, my ds2 (now 5 but started when he was 3) suffers intermittently from chalazions (pronounced kul ay zeon). They look a bit like a stye but are encapsulated within the eyelid rather than right on the eyelid rim. They can grow really really big and get infected needing antibiotics to clear them, as if they are left the pressure can cause damage to the eye surface.
We had a nightmare with doctors insisting on giving him topical treatment, which is useless, every time one fared up until the consultant at the hospital sent them a letter saying he needs abs straight away as soon as a lump appears.
If your ds has an infected chalazion, the infection will be in his system and may well be making him feel poorly. In which case the ab's will probably sort him out.
Doesn't explain the leg pain though, but as you said, that could be something separate to the eye problem, although interestingly, ds2 also used to suffer from cramp in his legs and feet. (So maybe there is a connection somewhere between the two - nutritional perhaps as kickassangel mentioned?)
We give him:
Daily multivitamins nothing fancy, just haliborange liquid Childrens' Echinacea (dropped into a small amount of apple juice) Bioforce Euphrasia, also known as eyebright (one drop in a small amount of water) which is supposed to prevent styes and chalazion
and <runs around touching lots of wood> he hasn't had a chalazion since last September and doesn't seem to get leg cramps very often any more either.
That's so interesting Moosemama. DS had a stye .. or possibly what you are describing. It went on for 4 months!!!! They kept prescribing different topical ointments etc but even when I asked, no oral ABs. Lovely GP today was very 'Hmmmmm' that he hadn't been given them last time .....as was I.
Thanks for vitamin tips, think I will get those. I feel he has a balanced diet, but no harm in doubling up surely!
There are other things that can be complications following childhood illnesses - like rheumatic fever for example, which is very serious and needs treating. So doc is probably making sure he doesn't have some kind of post-viral complication that needs dealing with.