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Six Year Old Making Annoying Hacking Noises

Posted by on Feb. 7, 2014 at 3:38 AM
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My six year old by has been making very annoying hacking noises a few times a day for the past year. His fifteen year old uncle does the same thing and I am sure he picked it up from him. I am also pretty sure that neither of them have any wrong with them. I can't tell the uncle what to do. I have been telling my son to stop since he started. Usually when I hear him doing I ask him to stop. He does it again and I get a little louder. How do I get him to stop? The only thing I can think of is probably insane and that is making him wear a rubber band and flicking him with it when I hear that. I don't even smack him! 

The noise is a throat scratchy, clearing noise but there is nothing to clear. It kind of goes up his nose too--the noise. 

by on Feb. 7, 2014 at 3:38 AM
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by Member on Feb. 7, 2014 at 9:17 AM
My dd has anxiety and either picks the skin off her lip or dry heaves like she's about to vomit. I smacked her hand as a child for picking her lip and everytime she made that horrible noise she had to sit in time out and just breathe until it stopped because it meant she needed to calm down.
by Colleen on Feb. 7, 2014 at 9:19 AM

I have major anxiety attacks. Nothing really helps me. Has he seen a dr?

by Silver Member on Feb. 7, 2014 at 9:31 AM
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Bring him to a dentist! His palate is too high and narrow. it is heritary. he will most likely need a palate expander. i know 2 kids who had this exact issue. 

by Silver Member on Feb. 7, 2014 at 9:33 AM

If the noise is somewhere between a snort/hack/ that is definetely the issue. Many go untreated.... But its an easy 6/8 month fix with the expander. :) good luck and keep me posted! 

by Bronze Member on Feb. 7, 2014 at 11:20 AM

You CAN tell the uncle you do not appreciate the behavior he exhibits around your child, that he is setting a bad example. Ask him if he really wants his nephew to be thought of the gross kid at school no one likes? The answer will most likely be no. Whether he's 15 or 35, as uncle he has a responsiblity to set a more mature model for your son. Then, you need to set ds down and explain quite firnly that some things his uncle is teaching him will not be tolerated, no matter how funny they may find things when together. Make sure you explain consequences. Let him know he can still do things and have fun with uncle, but some things need to left with just the uncle. At 6 he is old enough to understand. It's just like some things are different at school than at home.

Edit: Reading others replies just now, it may or may not be medical. Only you can decide if it should be checked out. My son had a very narrow palate and needed an expander before braces and never made any of those kind of sounds. Everyone is different. That is why I posted from a non-medical viewpoint.

by Kathleen on Feb. 7, 2014 at 11:25 AM

I would have a doctor and or dentist check it out.  It could be a mouth, throat or nose issue or it could be an anxiety issue. 

by Member on Feb. 7, 2014 at 12:37 PM
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I have a vocal tic. It was mild when I was a child. It is worse now that I am an adult. My 4 year old makes a "throat-clearing sound but there's nothing to clear." It is a tic.

Here's the thing about tics: The more you try to stop/suppress them the worse they get. Adding anxiety by continuing to get onto him about it will make it worse, not better. Please do not punish him for something he cannot help.

The only thing that makes a tic at all better (aside from medical/psychological help) is to ignore it. Be as unaware of it as possible. That is hard to do when someone is reminding you every time you do it.

If you truly think nothing is wrong, take him to the dr and be sure. Test for PANDAS among other things. ONLY when you have ruled out other causes should you assume it is behavioral.

Poor thing is probably already embarrassed by it. Please help him!
by New Member on Feb. 7, 2014 at 12:48 PM

I would take him to see his doctor first and see if they will refer you to an ears, nose and throat specialist. Could be nothing but a bad habit he's picked up.. but it's always good to be sure. 

by Amber on Feb. 7, 2014 at 4:54 PM

AHHHH! I hate noisse ticks lol!

If someone else around is doing lt lordy help you. Idk how to stop that!  :)

by on Feb. 7, 2014 at 5:04 PM

It could be  a tic, which is a behavioral thing, that gets worse with anxiety, and which is not something he can control.  So telling him to stop won't help.  But helping him with any sources of anxiety will.  Think of it as something you can help him deal with by being as nurturing, caring, and tolerant as you can be, and doing your very best to ignore it.  I know this is tough, but no habit gets better with constand reminders from other people that it is bothersome.  Instead that ups the anxiety and then more need for a habit.  And we are possibly not dealing with just a habit here but a tic.  So don't hesitate to get him to a counselor if you see his anxiety coming out in other ways as well, coz often when this kind of things is helped early on, then it doesn't have to grow worse.  Also, have you been to a doctor to consult about this?  Allergies can do wicked things to people and constant post nasal drip is annoying and young children are often not aware of the possible medical cause of such behaviors.  eg., before you treat what may be a behavioral issue, you have to rule out any medical issues.  Blessings, mama!!!

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