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Facial tick in child?

Does anyone have a child with facial ticks?
A friend of mine has an 8 y/o who has developed a facial tick. She is a beautiful and normal 8 y/o in every other way but has developed this twitch in where she constantly wrinkles her nose. And we aren't just talking here and there this happens frequently in a matter of minutes. Have any of you had any experience with this at all?

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:18 PM on Dec. 6, 2010 in Kids' Health

Answers (9)
  • It could be two things...Tourette's Syndrome or something called "Transient Childhood Tics"...the 2nd thing is more likely though. My oldest son has Tourette's. It started with what they call "simple tics" (in his case, he blinked his eyes a lot). But it escalated from there(into complex tics involving sounds, hand flapping & other tics) She would need to be seen & evaluated by a doctor, in any case. Around age 7 to 8 is usually when a child is diagnosed with Tourette's..BUT it usually shows itself before that time. Transient tics don't develop any further & eventually stop after a few years. The only way to know if its one of those is for the condition to be evaluated & watched by a doctor.

    Answer by lisa89j at 2:26 PM on Dec. 6, 2010

  • My son got tics from time to time. We always ignored them, and they eventually went away. Then a few months later it would appear again in a different way. He did face things, jumping things, something with his hands, there were quite a few. Now at 15, i think he's finally done!

    Answer by mompam at 2:37 PM on Dec. 6, 2010

  • It is considered (by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) 'normal' for 8yos to have nervous habits (including facial tics).

    Normal as in: most kids in our part of the world are stressed beyond their ability to cope effectively, and spend the vast majority of their time without effective, individual support to learn more effective coping skills. So, their bodies discover distractions, soothing behaviours and problematic responses to handle their anxiety.

    At least she's not pulling out her eyelashes or masturbating all the time...

    Answer by LindaClement at 2:45 PM on Dec. 6, 2010

  • no

    Answer by Onenamillion at 3:55 PM on Dec. 6, 2010

  • This is all very helpful information. Her tick has changed, it started out as constantly clearing her throat to blinking her eyes, and now its the scrunching of the nose. Hopefully it will just slowly go away on its own.

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 4:45 PM on Dec. 6, 2010

  • I haven't had any experience with that. Best of luck to your friend.

    Answer by PhilsBabyMama at 11:53 PM on Dec. 6, 2010

  • My brother had an issue growing up where he went through stages of thinsg like clearing his throat and blinking his eyes and other times he would say excuse me or he would make his neck click (like popping it, it was weird). He has OCD. His doctors said everything he did as a child and leading up to now they fully believe he has always been obsessive compulsive.

    Answer by Mipsy at 12:11 AM on Dec. 7, 2010

  • My child does not have it, but i have a friend that does, she sitll does it as an adult.

    Answer by KTMOM at 7:45 PM on Dec. 10, 2010

  • hopefully she'll outgrow it but it's worth mentioning to the dr

    Answer by Ashlynnsmommy07 at 1:36 AM on Dec. 14, 2010

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