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Reason why your child is restless, inactive and fatigued always

10 January, 2022 Anuja Sahi

It’s normal for kids and young age children to feel tired after whole day of hectic life, from managing study to involving in sports. However, it’s quite unnatural to feel tired right from the early morning after a long night sleep. Many children complain of feeling tired, fatigued, and restless leg syndrome.

Today, through this article we will discuss some of the proven facts on why your child has restless leg syndrome, why they always feel tired or fatigued?

Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)

Restless Legs Syndrome, also known as Willis- Ekbom in medical terms is a medical condition related to sleep disorder, which usually is experienced by kids or adolescent age groups. Restless Legs Syndrome causes an uncomfortable and irresistible urge of the child to move their legs. This irresistible urge is usually experienced in night; however it can also be experienced in daytime in some cases. The underlying disease can also happen due to long hours of inactiveness of legs or sitting.

Causes of Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)

While the actual cause of the stated medical condition can vary from child to child, the causes might also be unknown in some cases. However, as such of now, RLS in children have been related to low iron level, or in medical condition of diabetes, kidney, or some neurological diseases.

Symptoms of Restless Legs Syndrome:

  • Heebie- Jeebies: Creeping, itching, pulling, or crawling as described by adults is uncomfortable leg sensations in children. While for children they may describe this urge as “got to move, wiggle, or kick.” Such sensations are often noticed during bedtime but can also occur at any time of the day.
  • Frequent Urge to move legs: Due to the discomfort in the legs children, adolescents often experience frequent urge to move their legs. The urge is tempting usually when we are sitting or lying down.
  • Disturbance in sleep: Restless Legs Syndrome often causes more woes as the discomfort causes delay in sleep because of the tempting urge to move legs.
  • Daytime Sleepiness: Due to the discomfort and delay in night while sleeping children often remain lazy throughout the day and have to handle the situation of daytime sleepiness.

Why your child often feels fatigued?

  • Side effects of medications: If your child is suffering from chronic health conditions or under going through any acute medications he/she may feel tired throughout the day.
  • Chronic illness, such as asthma or diabetes: When chronic health conditions such as asthma or diabetes are in poor condition they may make you feel fatigued every time. Feeling always tired, is the hint and warning sign that something is not right with your body.
  • Depression, Anxiety, or other mental health problems: Gone are the days, when kids were not subjected to mental health problems or depression. Now days, kids are also prone to such issues hence they may feel tired, lazy or fatigued all the time.

Who are more prone to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can affect anyone regardless of their age, place of living, health condition, or financial status. However, this is common in people in their middle ages like that in their 40’s or 50’s as well as in children who spend long night exposure to blue light or for study purposes.

Those with bad lifestyle are also subjected to configure with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Hence, bringing a positive change in your lifestyle like including meditation, yoga, scheduling a proper time of sleeping and waking , limiting your exposure to blue light until unless it is necessary, craving for fast and spicy foods must also be stopped. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is very rare in kids however; teens may have to face it.