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4 year old, wakes up in sweat with his legs shaking

My 4 year old son has been waking up at night to his legs shaking, he is covered in sweat and very distrot. It only lasts for 10 -15 minutes then he goes back to sleep and is ok for the rest of the night. It has accurred 6 times in the last 4months and seems to be coming on more frequently. It happend twice this last week..... I am very concerned please help
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replied February 27th, 2017
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Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a movement disorder in which the child or adolescent reports an uncomfortable and irresistible urge to move his or her legs. This urge usually happens at bedtime but can occur at other times when the legs have been inactive, such as when sitting still for a long period of time .

To relieve the discomfort, the child or adolescent moves his or her legs, stretches his or her legs, tosses and turns, or gets up and walks or runs around. The relief experienced is usually immediate.

A sleep study can be done to make a proper diagnosis.

Modified criteria are in place for children younger than 12 year where the diagnosis may be more uncertain. It would be recommended to consult your doctor who can provide proper help.


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