My daughter has developed a nervous tic

Gabeee511 - posted on 05/23/2013 ( 38 moms have responded )

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I am new to this so don't really know where to post. My daughter developed a blinking tic about a month ago. Her doctor said allergies and the allergy medicine helped for a couple of days but came back. The first 2 weeks I read everything I could about tics. She only blinks tightly when shes tired, crying, gets mad or yawns. She doesn't do it when watching tv, playing, around other people, or busy with something which is most of the day. It is mostly at night. She is 3 years old.



Every article I read says that most of them go away on their own but when I read the comments most of them are parents who's kids got a lot worse and I am beginning to get really nervous and scared for her. I was wondering if there are parents who's children did overcome this because I can't find hopeful stories?

She is a picky eater so I began giving her vitamins and magnesium, I now try to make sure she naps and try to keep her from becoming stressed.

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Sonia - posted on 06/06/2013

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My son had eye blinking when he was 5,then it changed to facial grimacing. Drs. had all different opinions.one thought it was allergies, one neurologist said its adhd, another neurologist thought it was a tic disorder.Another said seizures,or a tumor.They did a eeg and mri and it was negative. Another dr. said just to ignore it. This was for 2 years and it was getting worse.I also noticed he was getting very ocd. I started googling and found how strep can cause this. I couldn't understand why none of the doctors tested him for strep if they knew this could happen. I took him to the pediatrician and even though he didnt complain of a sore throat and didnt have a fever, it came back positive. She put him on antibiotics and after having it for 2 years the tics finally stopped.Now when the tics come back, he gets a throat culture and its always positive.Its called PANDAS disorder. I would definitely have her tested for strep.

Carrie - posted on 06/02/2013

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Don't put too much into stressing about this, I understand that it can cause some anxiety. My son has had some ticks and nervous habits throughout his childhood. From continually scratching his back and chewing his shirt, as well as facial ticks, and neck twitching. I used to be so overcome with worry about it but have come to the conclusion it was an underlying stress he had at those different times. I think its great you have looked at her diet but perhaps looking into the family dynamics may help too. It doesn't have to be something dramatic it could be a small change as well that is stressing her a little. My son has stopped his ticks and nervous habits, they do go away.

Stacy - posted on 05/31/2013

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Hi Gabee511,
My daughter (who is now 11) used to have 2 different tics. First she would blink her eyes and then look up. Second she would open her mouth like she was going to yawn. I spoke to the doctor about it and he said best thing to do is not draw attention to it as it would make her feel self-conscious about it and could possibly make it worse. I did ask her though why she does it and she said said just because she felt like she had to. I actually forgot she about the tics until I saw your post. She's since stopped doing both of them. I think it was give or take a year or so that she did it. Just try to be laid back and relaxed about it. Oh...I did let her teachers know at the beginning of the school year about them and not to say anything or draw attention to her doing it.

Diana - posted on 05/25/2013

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Your daughter may have Tourette syndrome. I was diagnosed at age 6. Before you panic.. Not all Tourette's people curse like you see on TV. those are the most severe cases. I have 3 daughters ages 7 and my twins are 6. The younger one of the twins has Tourette's as well. It's just a mild case. We blink a lot and sometimes make a grunting noise w/ our throats. The most common & obvious tic is the blinking.

I too was sent to an eye doctor at the age of 6 for the blinking and the doctor said I had dry eyes! It was the Tourettes! Its not allergies ! Look into it and look for more symptoms. You may want to see a pediatric neurologist. There is no cure. If your daughter does indeed have it, I promise you.. She will be fine. I'm 39, married and have 3 daughters. The more severe cases do require medication. I have never had to take medication for it. When I notice my daughter's tics ( b/c they come and go ) I give her a supplement called Attentive Child. It's a magnesium supplement. They' re now linking Tourette's w/ a magniusm difficiency. Let me know if you have any more questions.

Brenda - posted on 05/31/2013

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I developed tics in 5th grade. Mine were the eyes, neck, and fingers. They seemed to go away for many years, but have resurfaced over the years. I am now 38 and still experience them from time to time. I have found that they are worse when I am tired. But, I also found some medical support for Calcium with Magnesium supplements, and that really seems to help. The tics have not hampered me at all. When I was young, I learned to control them at school, but then went crazy at home. I agree with the other advice - don't stress about it - she'll be fine. :)

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My 8yr old son started doing a head jerk in the middle of the school year. The teacher freaked out and, of course, pegs him ADHD or any other label to try and "fix" him. The good ol' go to when a child is a peg that doesn't fit into the hole that the teacher creates. I told her that he said it's his hair in his eyes. He has a head full of curls and I think it's starting to bother him. I told him to push his hair back and we'll get it cut shorter. The head thing went away within a few months. He started doing some sort of "heh" sound, almost like when someone finds something slightly funny and does a quick laugh. Again, the teacher freaked out. I told her to give him time, other kids have blinking tics and other non-verbal tics that, with time, go away or lessens. She said the kids are mean in the class, I told her that's not my son's problem and possibly address the mean kids with anger management rather than slap labels on kids right away. Some of the stories here are very reassuring to know how common it is and it's not always the big giant label that schools like to put on kids. That it can be normal and people function just fine with the tics. Thanks

Suzanne - posted on 06/08/2013

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My son who's now 12 had a tic from about age 4-7. He would blink his eyes excessively when he was in stressful situations, tired, in the sun and when getting his picture taken. He also use to put his fingers in his mouth and suck his collar starting around pre school. That has now evolved into extreme nail biting. As for the blinking, in 1st grade his teacher sent him to the school nurse to have his eyes checked because she said the blinking was not allowing him to concentrate. The nurse recommended I take him to get his vision checked so I did. And he indeed need glasses. I decided to get his glasses made into transitional lenses so that it would help with his tics caused by the sun and camera flashes and it helped 100%. Definitely recommend an eye appointment. My son has tics but not having glasses when he needed them only worsened the problem. Btw he also has a coughing tic which I ignore and only developed 2 wks ago. He also talks in his sleep when he's stressed. Tics can be a worry to parents but it can also be a way to understand feelings that your child may be experiencing.

Jeanie - posted on 06/03/2013

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It isn't a "nervous" tic although stress can exacerbate it, just as it can any other physical condition. Transient motor tics are very common in childhood and may come and go and they usually eventually grow out of them. The best things we can do is:
1- Totally ignore it and don't comment on it as doing so may cause stress.
2- You may want to try to avoid ALL DAIRY for a month, which may help both this as well as the allergies.
In fact, my kid had to avoid all gluten, dairy, and eggs! It was easier than I ever imagined. In fact, we now eat MORE things than before! *I* had been the picky eater of my family. We now eat almost NOTHING PROCESSED! No refined foods. Very very little in the way of fast foods or "junk" food (Once every couple months, but still, no gluten, dairy or eggs).

Laura - posted on 05/31/2013

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My daughter is 4. A few months ago she started to dry sniff A LOT. It was especially bad when she was tired or over excited. I was really worried and it drove me mad! After a few weeks, we decided it'd be best just to ignore it and after time, it got less frequent and eventually stopped. At the time, it seemed to be going on forever and I thought she'd have it for life. Try not to worry, your daughter could pick up on your concern. Try to just ignore it and be as calm as possible when it happens. Hopefully it will work for you too. Best of luck.

Adrienne - posted on 05/31/2013

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My daughter had a nervous tick too. It was a "cough" we had all kinds of allergy. test done and in the end it was a tic. Which first appeared when she was nervous about something. In her case competitive swimming. Anyway over time the cough was replaced with a strange eye blinking. Like she would open her eyes wide and she would say she was stretching them. Over time that too went away. She also went thru a biting of her nails That went away too ,she is 12 now and no tics😃

Alicia2197 - posted on 05/31/2013

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My son battles with this still today. I first noticed about 4/5 years ago. i know he gets them when he is stressed. All I can tell you is to relax your child. Maybe have her lay her head on your lap and massage her scalp or even her back. I know when I do this for about a week, it really helps. The tics go away until he is stressed again. I don't think the tics go away entirely, it kind of serves as a reminder to me that I know he is stressed.

Joy - posted on 05/31/2013

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My daughter had a similar situation and it was actually her vision. She couldn't see distances and the blinking was her way of trying to focus. If you haven't already done so then I would suggest getting her vision checked

Sara - posted on 05/31/2013

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I went through the same thing with my son who is now 12. Oh it's a long story and I can say for the most part he grew out of it. Only in high levels of stress or when he gets overwhelmed , excited do we notice it come in again. It's so mild I don't even notice it. It was bad, when I noticed it at its worst I freaked. We went to his pediatrician who called it tics. He ordered a referral to a neurologist just to make sure we were dealing with something else. He assured me it was the lesser and he was right.It was scary I will admit when it got worse because it affected his whole body. But like I said he grew out of it. When it onset my husband took a new job which made him travel extensively. We had just moved into a new house while he was gone and school was getting ready to start. We had a lot of house issues and we have 4 kids. All of this was in my lap and he felt the stress. That's how his body responded. When we would fight his body would respond. We had so much family turmoil going on with other members it was just a bad year.We now jnow how it triggered so we know better now. I felt horrible knowing I contributed to it. So far it's been over a year at he's 99.9 % better.i was so worried other people would notice or make fun of him. Most people had no clue. Only my parents and us noticed it. Yes, most do grow out of it and it can pop up again at any given time. I noticed once we stopped worrying about it and didn't point it out and life settled he settled also. It's not life threatening, no medications nothing. Just love and support and don't point it out. If you notice it just try and think of what might have triggered it and work on how to address that. Good luck! It will get better!

Veronica - posted on 05/31/2013

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My son had a blinking tic that started just before kindergarten. My bio grandfather has the same thing, so I didn't think much of it. The dr said it was allergies and it would go away. By the end of 1st grade it finally started to calm down. The summer between 1st and 2nd was ok for him and I thought we were good. By the end of 2nd, he started a vocal tic that lasted all thru 2nd and 3rd. The summer between 3rd and 4th it almost went away completely but now he just finished 4th and all school year is was louder and more frequent than ever. It sounds like he's clearing his throat, but without the "gravelly" sound. It's hard to describe lol.

I did some research on it as we'll and found that Tourette's can cause these tics (its not always the loud yells or violent muscle jerks that the movies portray) and that OCD can have a tic associated with it. The national institute of health has a lengthy study here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles...
But the summary has lots of technical terms. If you go down to the next section it's easier to understand lol.

My sister has OCD and has all these physical tics that she does (touching food to her lip before eating, making sure a cup bottom hits the table equally, touching things the same number if times with both hands, and a couple others) and she has just sort of adapted to it. She says that if she doesn't do it she gets this pain or achy feeling. My son doesn't realize he's doing it until something is said. During tests at school, the teacher walks the room and if my sons tics are getting to be too much, he'll touch my sons shoulder so as not to embarrass him. Other than adapting, the option is to medicate him. We're not real thrilled with that so we're trying to get him adjusted to having it and possibly controlling it before he hits middle and high school where kids start getting really mean about it. Good luck!

Ivy - posted on 05/29/2013

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have a fecal test done for PIN Worms! Believe it or not - they can bring on tics!!! Easily picked up by soil or other kids who have used the bathroom and NOT washed their hands, then your child touches something they've recently used and puts their hands in their mouth -PIN Worms. This happen to my TEEN son and thank goodness my DR was smart enough to check, once we took the prescription medicine - the ticks were GONE.

Gabeee511 - posted on 05/28/2013

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Thanks everyone for the responses! I really appreciate it. She had some facial grimacing as well but that hasn't happened in a few days. Her blinking is getting better. It seems to only happen when she cries and when she yawns every now and then. Allegra seems to be helping her and we are trying to keep a stress free environment and just hope it doesn't get worse.
Kristin, do you know how long the tic your son had lasted?

Kristan - posted on 05/28/2013

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It would be a good idea to see an optometrist, my nephew had a blinking tic and we seemed to notice it more when he is uncomfortable with a situation and we thought it was a coping mechanism and actual fact after the optometrist we found out his tear ducts were not lubricating his eyes properly, he does it to this day when he is made to focus on something he is not happy doing..lubricating drops have helped him heaps!

Hayley - posted on 05/28/2013

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my son developed a blinking tic a couple of years ago we were told it would go away on its own. However it got worse. So at a routine eye test I mentioned it to them. They did a test which discovered he was suffering with dry eye syndrome. So we now control it with eye drops. He still blinks bad sometimes when his hayfever plays up but otherwise its fine.x

Sarah - posted on 05/27/2013

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My daughter had this exact same thing. I had her eyes checked and even got her hair cut in case that was what was bothering her. It went away by itself. I think the more I stressed about it, the more she did it subconsciously. I stopped stressing and it stopped. Really if you have had her health checked then I wouldn't worry.

Netty - posted on 05/27/2013

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Krista - posted on 05/27/2013

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I agree with the Tourette's comment. I too have a mild form and the eye blinking is the most annoying and obvious. I'm going to read up on the magnesium because that would be great to take a vitamin to help.

But advice for if that's what it is...just accept it and treat her like its no big deal. Don't try to get her to stop blinking that way, because she can't help it. Hope it's something she grows out of though!

ADELE - posted on 05/27/2013

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My son had a nervous tic and because he has epilepsy I was worried, they did a strepp test but before the results was in he developed a sever flu and was given stong antibiotics, after he finished the antibiotics the tic was gone and the neurologist said that it might have been a small infection in the brain and with the antibiotics that he took the infection was cleared up. If your child's symptoms gets worse please insist on a strepp test it's a simple sore throught bugg that can travel to the brain and cause tics

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I have an 8 yr old son who has the blinking tic. Has your daughter had any other changes that you've noticed, and had she been sick prior to the onset of the blinking? (like within a month or two...)

Julie L - posted on 05/26/2013

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My son and my nephew both had tics growing up. My son started at about 9. He clicked his jaw, called me Annoyingest (term of endearment) consistently all day, played with his retainer and talked to himself. We would break one habit and it would lead to the next. He is now 30 a microbiologist , husband and father of two. He still talks to himself (coping mechanism) but is a loving husband, wonderful father and productive employee. His wife did break him of his drooling.... Thank goodness. My nephew grew out of most of his quirks and tics and is in film school at UCSB. My point is smart people use these as coping mechanisms and seem to excel in the world anyhow. Just keep loving and supporting,

Rhonda - posted on 05/26/2013

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An atlas shifted off center at birth or after trauma can cause many nervous disorders from colic, to tics and even seizures. Check on youtube for videos about upper cervical, tics or seizurces for parental anecdotal stories. We recommend Orthospinology.org or NUCCA.org to locate a specialist. This is where we found our answer!

Gabeee511 - posted on 05/26/2013

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Thanks for all the helpful answers. I think the allergy medicine helps her. One day I forgot to give it to her and she wasn't better. It is a bit better now. She only does it when she yawns (about twice) and when she gets mad. Thought out the day she is fine. I still worry though and hope it'll fix itself with time. I am just trying to keep her from getting stressed so it doesn't get worse.

Laura - posted on 05/26/2013

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My son developed a grunting tic at about six years old. I was horrified that there was some sort of trauma going on in his life that we weren't dealing with properly. He's homeschooled so I knew there wasn't anything going on there. I even took him to a pediatrician who confirmed that it was definitely a tic. It went away within a few months and then came back with a vengeance this spring. Come to find out, it was his seasonal allergy medicine. As soon as we took him off the nightly Zyrtec, it completely went away. His behavior has improved as well. Wish I had figured this out sooner. I could've saved myself a lot of worry.

Kristin - posted on 05/26/2013

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My son developed a blinking tick when he was 4. I took him to our doctor and and after exam & talking with her we came to the conclusion that it was in response to a very stressful situation that I had going on at work. I wouldn't have known he was aware of it, and really don't think he knew details,but my stress was basically leaking over into him. As the situation at work came to a head and some parties left...my stress level lowered and his blinking went away.

Kathleen - posted on 05/26/2013

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For allergies I highly recommend giving your child local honey. You can get it at your health food store. I give my son two teaspoons a day and he is off all three allergy meds. He is 5 years old. Local honey helps with allergens specific to your area instead of a broad spectrum med that may or may not target the allergen affecting your child. All the best to you.

Lori - posted on 05/25/2013

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My son developed the blinking tic when he was around 5 or 6 yrs old. It may have been stress from change. Me n his dad had broken up the year before n things were not on a friendly basis. Idk if that's what it was all about or what but after awhile he stopped doing it. I don't remember how long he did it for I just realized one day I hadn't seen him do it for awhile. After his dad had rejected him n stopped coming for visits he started a head rub. It was a comfort thing for him n after awhile he outgrew that too. I was worried too but it worked itself out over time.

Shelly - posted on 05/25/2013

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My son started some weird blinking when he was around pre-school age, and when I asked him why he was doing this he couldn't really answer, and just said that he had to do it. I was worried that he was developing some kind of tic. It turned out it was allergies, though it took a few years for us to realize it. When he got older he was able to express himself better, and I realized that his eyes were itching. If this started about a month ago, that would be prime time for seasonal allergies. My son started up on it again a few weeks ago after not doing it all winter; allergy medication helps sometimes, but not always. You could try different ones, and see if one is better than another. Keep in mind that when kids are having fun and are active, they probably can ignore a mild itch easier than when they're tired. Have you had her tested for allergies? What you are describing really sounds quite similar to my son's allergies.

Gabeee511 - posted on 05/24/2013

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Thank you so much. That must have been difficult. I don't let my daughter know that I notice it but try to get her to relax when she does it.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 05/23/2013

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I wanna say maybe a year or more. Hard to remember. I just remember doing it a lot and everyone telling me to stop. It was not something I had control over.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 05/23/2013

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I was about her age, maybe 4-5 when I had that blinking thing. It resolved itself.

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