My son is almost 3 years, could he be having tics?

Tammy - posted on 06/12/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My son will be 3 in a month and 3 days ago I noticed he has been blinking a lot. That first day I thought it was because he was tired because he did miss his nap and I first noticed him doing this during the time he would have been sleeping. He is still doing it although not as much as the first day and I'm freaking out. There is no history of tourrettes in our family, however I have an older daughter nearly 10 years old who developed a coughing tic 1 1/2 years ago but that is due to her medication which caused it as she has adhd. My son does where glasses for strabismus and has had eye surgery as well but that was nearly a year ago, so he does have a small vision problem but I'm not sure if it's because of his mild vision problem or if it could be tics. I have noticed before that when I first put his glasses on in the mornings he would blink this way when they are first put on. What I want to know is he too young to develop tics? In this case I'm hoping it's because of his mild vision problem and not tics as I am terrified for him him right now.

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Katherine - posted on 09/17/2016

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My daughter first started having her blinking tic at 3.5 years old. We had an EEG done to rule out seizures - now she's 6.5 years and she has pretty severe tics, I'm beside myself w worry and heart break. Not to freak you out, but it does start that young. She isn't been diagnosed yet, we are working out all the dr visits and trying things I've researched. She also does well in school but may have Some hyperness and can't focus as well as she was- so we are on the journey to try and figure it out. Good luck.

Dana - posted on 07/12/2012

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I have heard of children being diagnosed that young. My first thought is that it is probably related to his eyes. My son was 5 when his tics started and 6 when he was diagnosed. For it to be Tourette's he has to have both a motor and vocal tic (they don't have to be happening at the same time) and they have to be happening for at least a year with only short breaks in between. You also have to rule out any other reasons for the tics, such as medication, allergies, etc.

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