Hand tremor is a symptom caused by a range of different disorders or diseases. It normally occurs in adults, but it can also appear in children. This can be a sign of a serious disorder or it can only be an isolated event with no medical content. Five of the most encountered causes of tremors in children are:

  1. Essential tremor – it normally affects the hands but it can also appear in other parts of the body such as arms or face. The essential tremor is usually inherited from family members with known essential tremor and it worsen with emotional stress and activity. The essential tremors does not require treatment.
  2. Tourette’s Syndrome – this syndrome is a central nervous system disorder which causes uncontrolled movements of the body, throat cleaning, or, even worse, vocal outbursts like yelling. These symptoms occur multiple times throughout the day and only one of them is dominant. If the child is upset, tired or angry, the symptom worsens. Tourette’s Syndrome is not curable but its symptoms can be alleviated with proper treatment
  3. Brain tumors -  in the United States of America over 2000 children are diagnosed with brain tumors. According to the size and location, a brain tumor can cause or variety of symptoms. If the tumor is located in the part of the brain in charge of motion, it can cause hand tremors along with other symptoms like lack of balance of walking difficulties. Depending of the size and location, the tumors can be treated with pills, chemotherapy or, in extreme cases, surgery.
  4. SCA (or Spionocerebellar ataxia) – attacks the spinal cord and cerebellum. The cerebellum is in charge of controlling body movement and coordination. Ataxia is the condition the patient unable to control its muscle movement. Due to this disease, the child will face difficulties in movement, walking and balance and will experience hand tremor. Unfortunately SCA is not curable at the moment and it is considered a progressive disease. The treatment of ataxia mostly consists of  the use of adaptive devices to allow the patient to maintain the best degree of independence and comfort for as long as possible
  5. Hyperthyroidism – the main cause of hyperthyroidism is caused by Graver’s disease. Graver’s makes the immune system attack that thyroid gland and forces it to produce too much thyroid hormones. The symptoms of hyperthyroidism include tiredness, accelerated heart beat, weight loss, hand tremor and other. Hyperthyroidism is treatable and it should be so from the very first signs. If it is left untreated it can cause both bone and heart problems.
  6. Ressources:
    The Parkinsons-Reversing Breakthrough
    Everything you really need to know about Parkinson’s Disease

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