Second opinion. Unless your child was diagnosed by a pediatric neurologist, I would reccommend a second opinion.
ESSENTIAL TREMOR. Benign hereditary tremor is bilateral slow course or fine affecting the head, hand, or voice. The tremor is minimal or absent at rest and tends to increase with age.
Rare. Typically not--usually in presents at earliest in the teens to 20's--all the way to the 70's. I would be certain to rule out other neurological disorders with a pediatric neurologist. Also, some medical conditions can mimic essential tremor, such as hyperthyroidism. Best of luck, rmh :).
Action tremor. Also called action tremor, senile tremor, or familial tremor, this is shaking, usually in the upper extremities associated with activity as opposed to a rest tremor as seen in parkinsons disease. Sometimes it is a central tremor presenting as head bobbing. "essential" means the cause is unknown. There are various medications that can help reduce the tremor.
Common type. These are tremors that occur on attempt to use hands such as eating with spoon or writing or trying to hold a cup as opposed to the tremors of parkinson which occur at rest and disappear with action. Benign is misnomer but these are not life threatening.
Yes. It runs in family and get worse when anxious.
See below. Benign essential tremor is a neurologic movement disorder characterized by involuntary fine rhythmic tremor of a body part or parts, primarily the hands and arms (upper limbs).
Postural tremor. Usually hereditary and benign, it is a tremor of arms, lesser head (no-no type), perhaps legs when elevating or sustaining limb. Often self-limited, but can be assoc on occas with parkinsons, and we now have found some pts with this who have peculiar cognitive and gait problems due to frontal-cerebellar projection problems.
Do not have to treat. But propranolol, atenolol, primidone, remeron, (mirtazapine) topomax, botox, Klonopin can help.
Mysoline (primidone) Primidone is old medicine which break to phenobarbitol, it helps essential tremors, usually taken starting 50 mg.
In Part, yes. Any stressor, such as extreme heat, pain, emotion of negative or positive character can cause an adrenaline surge by the body & temporarily worsen essential tremor. It does not worsen the disease & will dissipate shortly after the stressor is gone. Suggestion: stay out of the heat whenever possible! Best of luck, rmh :).
Tremors&heat. Essential tremors is not affected by heat sensitivity----but essential tremors get worse when nervous, or anxious--so if heat produce anxiety, irritabilty, it can worsen tremors---.