For the past week and a half we have noticed our 4 yr. old legs twitching/jerking when he lies down. Today I noticed it when he was standing. Getting nervous. Took him to dr. and she said she thinks it might be RLS? If it doesn't stop we can do a sleep study, I was testing done now. Can you give me any thought? He has always been a healthy boy.
Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) is a neurologic sensorimotor disorder that is characterized by an overwhelming urge to move the legs when they are at rest. This is more common at night. His symptoms of moving his legs in sleep could be due to a sleep disorder called Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD). They disrupt sleep and cause involuntary movements during sleep. The cause is not known. These can be diagnosed with a sleep study and medications help to control them. So, if the movements persist, he may need a sleep study.
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