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Essential Tremor in Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.


An essential tremor

is uncontrolled muscle shaking that has no known cause. Your child's healthcare provider can diagnose essential tremor based on your child's signs and symptoms. Other tests may be used to make sure another condition is not causing the tremors.

Common signs and symptoms of essential tremor:

Signs and symptoms may be mild or severe. Tremors may happen when your child tries to hold still or when he is moving. Any of the following may get worse slowly, over time:

Contact your child's healthcare provider if:


may not be needed. Depending on your child's age, severe tremors may be treated with any of the following:

Manage your child's symptoms:

Follow up with your child's healthcare provider as directed:

Your child may be referred to a neurologist (nerve specialist). Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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