Restless Legs Syndrome
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RLS in babies?

Does anyone know if it is possible for a baby of 18mths to have RLS? My little nephew twitches his whole body and particularly his legs ,crying for hours and not sleeping. It is only during the night time this happens. He has been taken to a doctor but no-one can find anyuthing wrong with him. I have RLS and it is in the family so wondered if it is possible. Cheers

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Yes, bedith, it is possible, if one of his parent's has RLS, then its likely he will have it too. And its very hard to treat little ones, as they cant take the meds we do.

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Thank you Elisse. Neither of his parents have RLS but his grandmother and gt. Grandmother and an uncle all have it. That's why I wondered if he could also be suffering with RLS although he seems so young.

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Yes- I made same enquiry about 4 months ago. Check out related posts at the very bottom of this page.

Get his ferritin checked. Check if he is taking triggers.

Try magnesium oil on his legs or epsom salt bath.

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Bedithe6July23I would suggest you look up the information you need on line.it is very informative as to wether young children sufferRLS.as the previous posts tell you it is possible.not many physicians I hazard a guess will recognize it so you need all the information available.I hope the infant progresses without many episodes.

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Thank you for your reply. I will try to find as much info as I can On -line .

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Yes, quite possible if the rls is triggered by food, and he's being given food which contains his trigger. Mine is potassium sorbate food preseevative.

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Bedith6pertinent to the previous comment about food triggering RLS one of my culprits apart from all the additives in food is gluten as he is on regular food by now it does not mean coelac disease sorry about the spelling the wretched iPad won,t let me spell it correctly ,but just an antipathy to wheat etc.I don,t know wether risks are used these days or what they contain but it would be helpful to try and eliminate any food intake which you might suspect is the culprit.We all have had to try and figure it what works,so good luck in the hunt.It is always a worry and stressful when ones children are suffering .

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Thanks Retren Yes his mother thought it might be a wheat or dairy intolerence and has been cutting various food out to see what is going on, but nothing so far has helped.

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