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Essential Tremors

Hi there

my 7 year old son has had benign essential tremors and had these for about 9 months
and his paediatrician hasnt really done anything about this, she has recommended we
try occupational therapy, i went to the first session but the leader went on more about
behavioural issues rather than tremors, and when we mentioned this she didnt know
what i was on about, i dont see what they can offer my son in coping with these tremors.

can anybody out there who has been through what i have mentioned and what i could do
next, i.e. medication?  or any siggestions that may help.

thank you
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Hi,

Thanks for writing in.
Essential tremors are inherited in 50% cases and do not indicate any underlying disease.
Please remember there is no cure for tremor and essential tremors are not usually treated. However if the tremors are severe a drug called Propranolol is used. However this drug can have side effects on the heart so it needs to be monitored very carefully.
You can discuss this option with the child’s pediatrician.
Take care!
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