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Paper of the day - Restless legs affects one in 50 children

One in 50 children definitely has restless legs syndrome, according to a new survey.

The survey, from 10,523 familiesfound that 1.9% of 8 to 11 year olds and 2.0% of 12 to 17 year olds met the criteria for, and gave convincing descriptions of, the syndrome.

At least one biological parent reported having restless legs in 70% of affected families. In 16% of families both parents were affected. More than two thirds of the children with resltelsss legs had sleep problems.

Volunteer families from the US and the UK recruited to a large research panel were asked about night time restlessness based on the US National Institutes of Health criteria for restless legs syndrome.

Pediatrics 2007;120:253-266.

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