Wellness - Common Illnesses | 6-18 yrs

Restless Leg Syndrome In Children


Are you aware of the term ‘restless leg syndrome’ or RLS, which is particularly common among children? As the name suggests, it is a strong desire to move the legs but let’s understand in some detail what is RLS.

RLS is a movement disorder. The affected child experiences uncomfortable sensations in the legs that cause an irresistible urge to move his legs. However, according to everydayhealth.com, uncomfortable sensations in the legs are not the only symptoms of RLS, there are others as well.

Suresh Kotagal, MD, chair of MayoClinic pediatric neurology and a sleep specialist, in an article published in Mayo Clinic, says that RLS is underdiagnosed in children. According to him, some investigations have suggested that complaints of growing pains in some children may actually be RLS.

The National Institutes of Health estimates that approximately one million children of school age have RLS. Although, the exact cause is not yet known, familial RLS most likely may be an inherited neurological condition. RLS is linked to sleep disorders, drowsiness and behaviour problems.

Caffeine and caffeine containing products like chocolates can intensify the symptoms and should not be given to children with RLS.

Please continue reading to find out more about the condition, its symptoms and the methods of curbing this syndrome by flipping through the pages of this ClipBook.


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Myths About Restless Legs Syndrome

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