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.