Baby Care Advice » Restless Legs Syndrome http://birthpolicy.org Thu, 16 Dec 2010 14:38:16 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.0.1 QUESTION ABOUT NEWBORN’S EYES…?..AND KNEES…? http://birthpolicy.org/472/question-about-newborns-eyes-and-knees/ http://birthpolicy.org/472/question-about-newborns-eyes-and-knees/#comments Mon, 15 Nov 2010 20:33:29 +0000 admin http://birthpolicy.org/472/question-about-newborns-eyes-and-knees/

Question by Miss Jina:
Question about Newborn’s eyes…?..and knees…?

My daughter is 2 weeks old…and each day on and off I notice that her pupils go to the middle a lot. It looks like she is trying to look at her nose or something…..I’m afraid that she is cross-eyed or something….? Is this normal newborn behavior…or no?

Me and my mother have a problem with our knees. My knees crack and pop a lot…and I have a serious case of restless leg syndrome…..my newborn’s right knee is always cracking when I am handling her…..is that normal….or did she get handed down my knee problem?


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Answer by rk11925
Those are great questions for your pediatrician. My policy is do not worry about anything you do not have too! Just call your doctor, trust me that is what he is there for. Do not think that you are being an overprotective mom, that is your baby. YOUR baby.
Congrats on your new bundle of joy!
Good Luck!!!!

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HOW DO I HELP MY 4YO SLEEP IF SHE HAS VERY RESTLESS LEGS? http://birthpolicy.org/470/how-do-i-help-my-4yo-sleep-if-she-has-very-restless-legs/ http://birthpolicy.org/470/how-do-i-help-my-4yo-sleep-if-she-has-very-restless-legs/#comments Mon, 15 Nov 2010 20:33:28 +0000 admin http://birthpolicy.org/470/how-do-i-help-my-4yo-sleep-if-she-has-very-restless-legs/ Question by bearcatcs03:
How do I help my 4yo sleep if she has very restless legs?

Ever since my daughter was an infant she has been very restless at night. About an hour after she falls asleep, each night, she starts to violently kick and she seems to be in pain but still half asleep. She kicks and locks her knees, to the point where I have gone in her room and she has busted my lip from kicking so hard. Physicians are wary of diagnosing restless leg syndrome bc of harsh side effects of the medication. We have to massage her legs to get her to calm down. It’s become hard for her and us parents to sleep at night. Any recommendations on how to help this?


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Answer by Erica
Usually medications like Requip or Mirapex are effective, but I comprehend your concerns about side effects, especially with a 4-year-old. Often exercise 2-3 hours before bedtime combined with stretching exercises right before bed can be helpful. Avoiding caffeine can help, but it’s not very likely a 4-year-old consumes much caffeine anyway (I hope!!). When I was about your daughter’s age, I had the same issues, and even though I do not remember much from being 4-5 years old, I still remember walking laps around the home crying, trying to get my legs to feel better. Speak to your daughter’s physician about stretching and massage — just because they diagnose her with restless leg syndrome doesn’t mean medication is the only treatment available.

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CAN INFANTS HAVE RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME? http://birthpolicy.org/446/can-infants-have-restless-leg-syndrome/ http://birthpolicy.org/446/can-infants-have-restless-leg-syndrome/#comments Wed, 10 Nov 2010 18:50:23 +0000 admin http://birthpolicy.org/446/can-infants-have-restless-leg-syndrome/ Question by luvlandon2006:
Can infants have restless leg syndrome?

My 7 month old son tosses and turns from 4 am to 6 am, when we finally decide will not be going back to sleep. He wimpers and flexes his legs and constantly tries to push his feet against something. I used to think it was gas, but now that he is older and we have regulated his diet, I believe there is something bothering his leg muscles. When I try to comfort him by massaging his legs, I can feel tiny tightenings behind his knees when he is lying still, like muscle spasms. Does anyone know if there is anything I can do to help him? We are both exausted in the mornings from trying to remain asleep through his pain, and I feel so bad for him.
Actually there is infant RLS, but I just wanted to know if anyone had delt with it before. Of course, I would not medicate him or anything like that. And if I do not rub his legs, he will not sleep at all during that time!


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Answer by Grendle
No, there is no such thing as infantile “restless leg syndrome,” and precious tiny evidence for the adult version, either, but that is another issue.
Leave the kid alone. Stop massaging his tiny legs at 5 in the a.m. Of COURSE he is pushing against your efforts to knead his legs. Let him move around until he is comfortable and go to sleep on his own.
Sheesh and other comments.

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CAN MY BABY HAVE RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME? http://birthpolicy.org/380/can-my-baby-have-restless-leg-syndrome/ http://birthpolicy.org/380/can-my-baby-have-restless-leg-syndrome/#comments Wed, 10 Nov 2010 18:49:04 +0000 admin http://birthpolicy.org/380/can-my-baby-have-restless-leg-syndrome/ Question by guesscookie88888:
can my baby have restless leg syndrome?

my son seems like he can’t sleep or rest becasue he is always moving his legs, he rubs them together adn keeps everyone up at night from it. i thought it was adorable at first but now im a tiny worried its getting out of hand. he bangs them on the floor (he is only 5 months old so he isnt very mobil yet) and he violently kicks anything or anyone that gets in the way of his legs. is this normal?

also he scratches blankets or any flat surface (mattresses, couches, shirts, somtimes counters). i tried to just cut his nails shorter but somhow he still manages to scratch things that make noise when he does it. im not too worried about that (even thought it hurts my face somtimes) but the legs bother me.


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Answer by Jody G
These are all normal.

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CAN A BABY HAVE RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME? http://birthpolicy.org/293/can-a-baby-have-restless-leg-syndrome/ http://birthpolicy.org/293/can-a-baby-have-restless-leg-syndrome/#comments Fri, 29 Oct 2010 07:54:34 +0000 admin http://birthpolicy.org/293/can-a-baby-have-restless-leg-syndrome/ Question by Ruby Tuesday:
CAn a baby have restless leg syndrome?

My daughter kicks and rubs her feet back and forth, lifts her legs is just a fidget when she lays down. I cannot come up tih any explanation except maybe RLS. She is 26 months old and has been doing this since birth


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Answer by MommyKaitlynn
My 3.5 year old has done that since birth as well.
It’s part of a sensory disorder that he has. It’s something he just HAS to do, basically, in order to stay ‘sane’, for lack of a superior word. Nearly like an obsessive thing.
If she is developing fine in all other aspects, and her overall behavior is not a large concern, it could just be a habit of hers, and nothing more than that. If you do have any worries, though, take her into the physician and discuss it. :)

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CAN BREASTFEEDING TRIGGER RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME? http://birthpolicy.org/169/can-breastfeeding-trigger-restless-leg-syndrome/ http://birthpolicy.org/169/can-breastfeeding-trigger-restless-leg-syndrome/#comments Sun, 03 Oct 2010 02:38:21 +0000 admin http://birthpolicy.org/169/can-breastfeeding-trigger-restless-leg-syndrome/ Question by daughtry_fan:
Can breastfeeding trigger restless leg syndrome?

For the past two nights when I am lying in bed breastfeeding my newborn, my left leg has been bothering me with the restless leg feeling. I have had restless legs off and on for years, but it’s never been bad enough to really bother me. My mother, on the other hand, has really suffered with RLS for years to the point that she rarely sleeps or sits still for any amount of time and she is takes Requip for it too.
What I really want to know is does breastfeeding trigger RLS? And, is there anything I can do to make it less bothersome? I am already not getting much sleep because I have 4 boys ages 11, 8, 3, and 2 weeks old and I need some rest so that I can be productive and more energized with my kids.


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Answer by ~~CHLOE~~ RILEY’S MUMMY
breastfeeding triggered it for me

i’ve had RLS for years!! so annoying i hate it so much, was heaps worse when i was preggers

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CAN BABIES HAVE RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME? http://birthpolicy.org/63/can-babies-have-restless-leg-syndrome/ http://birthpolicy.org/63/can-babies-have-restless-leg-syndrome/#comments Fri, 20 Aug 2010 08:33:25 +0000 admin http://birthpolicy.org/63/can-babies-have-restless-leg-syndrome/ Question by Larisa B:
Can babies have restless leg syndrome?

My husband and I adopted a tiny girl a tiny over a month and a half ago.. Ever since she has been with us when she is going to sleep she has to move her feet, kicking and having to move her legs all the time (even sleeping her feet are always moving sometimes waking her up). I have heard a ton of things on the tv about adults having restless leg syndrome and I was wondering if a infant could have that. I am going to the dr next week but I am just wondering if anyone else has a baby diagnosed with this.


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Answer by bevben
I seriously do not think so. But I would ask a physician if you think there is a problem.

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