Children and RLS

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Research suggests that RLS affects an estimated1.5 million children and adolescents in the U.S. ,and confirms that RLS and PLMD are not unique to adulthood. Healthcare providers need to be alert to the signs and symptoms of these disorders, and be aware of ongoing research and treatment options. Despite its high prevalence, RLS continues to be greatly under recognised and under treated. Many cases remain undiagnosed in patients of all ages. A child’s complaints of leg pain or discomfort should not be dismissed as vaguely defined "growing pains" without consideration of a differential diagnosis that includes RLS. If a child has poor sleep, the specific cause should be sought. The RLS FOUNDATION leads the quest for better treatment options and, ultimately, a cure for RLS and related disorders. The Foundation provides starter funding for promising research.

Acknowledgements:
RLS Australia would like to acknowledge and thank the United States RLS Foundation for providing this information and making it available on the Australian website.
(Disclaimer: RLS Australia is not responsible for the content of external web sites or literature)

This brochure is designed to provide information to physicians and healthcare professionals about the current understanding of RLS. Laypeople who read this information are warned against making any changes in their treatment based on this information without consulting their personal healthcare provider.

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