Does tourettes get worse with age?

Stacey - posted on 10/26/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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So my son was diagnosed with tourettes. He is almost 4 years old. So far his ticks are not that bad. Flapping arms, twisting his body, jumping, tippy toe walking and making a grunting sound. My question is to where he's so young can and will it get worse when he gets a little older like 7 to 11 and so on?

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Karen - posted on 10/27/2011

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Hello! My husband has tourettes and he's always told me that the worst was during puberty and then it eased up. It gets less and less as he gets older. My husband is now 46 and unless you lived with him you'd never know he has it. His ticks are very infrequent now (I've even noticed a difference since I met him 7 years ago). Like everything it will be different for each person as ticks vary person to person in type and severity but that was his experiance. It would be something to certainly ask his doctor about, as he/she knows your child's case and could probably give you a pretty good outline of how things will progress for your son.

Medic - posted on 10/27/2011

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My 6 year old niece has tourettes and her ticks are not bad but very noticeable. Her's seem to get worse during the summer when she has no set schedule and are better while she is at school. They also seem to get worse when she is stressed out or excited. I don't think I would go to the autism community seeing as one has nothing to do with the other. We have decided as a family to keep my niece off the meds and work with her through different types of therapies and they are actually working.

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JuLeah - posted on 10/27/2011

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It can ... use care with the meds Docs will push on you. A doc will say "This One" is the best, and 5 yrs later it will be pulled from the shelf as being unsafe for children.



Odds are you don't have time to go to medical school, but do educate yourself - read everything you can get your hands on about this



You have to be the expert, becuase you are the expert of your child



Go to the library and check out all books you can find .... use those books to find additional titles .....so many opinions, so many treatment options, so many things that have been tried, didn't work and were tried again under a new name



Becuase you are the expert on your kid, if you are informed, you will be in a better position to judge which approach will work best for your kid and not simply trust the opinion of a doctor who may or may not actually know what they are talking about



Some doctors will admit when they don't have answers, some won't and just speak their best guess with confidence



But, yes, it can get worse ... the ticks can lessen too and there are so many many factors involved

Sharlene - posted on 10/26/2011

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Hi , it really depends on the chil and devlopment. check ot the communitys under special needs children or autsim community and chat to other mum.Cheers

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