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Hand Tremors in Teens

author image Brenna Davis
Brenna Davis is a professional writer who covers parenting, pets, health and legal topics. Her articles have appeared in a variety of newspapers and magazines as well as on websites. She is a court-appointed special advocate and is certified in crisis counseling and child and infant nutrition. She holds degrees in developmental psychology and philosophy from Georgia State University.
Hand Tremors in Teens
Hand tremors are common among teenagers.

A tremor is an involuntary muscle movement that is common in the hands. Most people's hands shake very slightly when they move them. Several health concerns can cause more noticeable shaking, but periodic hand tremors are normal and don't typically indicate serious illness. If your teen's hands suddenly develop frequent tremors, consult her pediatrician.

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Mental Health Issues

Anxiety and depression are common among teenagers. Pressure at school, fights with friends and conflict with parents all contribute to the high stress many teenagers experience. Involuntary muscle spasms, particularly shaking hands, are common symptoms of anxiety. Encourage your teen to talk to friends, meditate and speak to a counselor if you are concerned about her emotional well-being.

Drug Use

Many teenagers experiment with drugs and alcohol at least once. Stimulant drugs frequently cause jittery behavior and hand-shaking. Teens who suffer from drug addiction may experience hand tremors when they don't take drugs. Talk to your teen and her pediatrician if you are concerned she might be using drugs.

Dietary Problems

Dehydration and hunger cause hand tremors. Encourage your teen to remain hydrated and to eat healthy meals. Caffeine raises the heart rate and may cause muscle spasms. If your child consumes too much caffeine, her hands may shake.

Health Problems

Low blood sugar sometimes causes hand tremors. If your teen's hands have been shaking consistently for several weeks, have her tested for diabetes. Muscular problems, including overuse and injuries, may also cause shaky hands.

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