My 4 1/2 year old son has developed facial tics in the past three months. It started shortly after swimming lessons started (which he hated) AND after getting all his shots (6) for kindergarten. I am writing because another mother wrote about the exact same symptoms. His pediatrician is great, she diagnosed transcient facial tic and said nothing to really do. His gymnastics coach has Tourrette's Syndrome and (while not trying to diagnose my son) recommended he have a more comprehensive evaluation by a specialist. A clinicial psychiatrist also recommended a more comprehensive evaluation to rule out neurological problems. I don't want to OVERREACT OR UNDERREACT. I don't know what to do. I am not looking to medicate my son. I don't know what to do.
Has he got them all the time or only at certain times?As the tics appeared when he was doing something he hated and shots arent fun are they, perhaps there is some underlying Anxiety, dont make a big deal of it, kind of forget them and see if they are still as bad,dont let him hear you discuss it with anyone else ,do that when hes not around, and of course if you are really concerned another oppinion wont hurt.at the Docs .
The tics are pretty consistent. They get worse when he is around a lot of people/noise or when he is tired. If he is "doing something" and moving around, i don't notice them as much as when he is sitting and watching, or listening to something. They change a lot and last night I noticed more prolonged blinking with kind of an eye roll, where before it was just blinking really hard or fast. After looking at Tourette Syndrome Association website and speaking to a couple people with TS, I am definitely requesting a referral to a specialist in tic disorders/TS because there are some ritualistic/OCD behaviors as well. He may or may not have TS, but I want to know the truth so I can best help my son. The problem is, it's easy to say don't make a big deal about it, but when it's your child, and you know the hardships that can come with other children being cruel when someone is different, it is hard. I can't forget them when I see them all the time. But thanks for your response.
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