For children and adolescents with restless legs syndrome (RLS), sitting still in a classroom can be difficult. Like adults, kids with RLS tend to seek relief from their discomfort by moving their legs – for example, by fidgeting, stretching or changing position. The Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation’s Blog offers tips for caregivers.
Make an appointment to speak with your child’s teachers, school nurse and school counselor. These individuals can help you create an informal plan or a formalized plan (such as a Section 504 plan or Individualized Education Program) with accommodations that allow your child to manage RLS symptoms while at school and during school activities.
For example, stretching or standing can help during classes; applying ice or heating pads may help when sitting for periods of time. You can also share handouts about RLS with the adults who will be supervising your child.
Remind your child to avoid common RLS triggers, such as caffeine, sugar, nicotine, alcohol, stress and extreme exercise. (Moderate exercise is best.)