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My son had something very similar from age 4-6- his was allergies though- he said it was to clear/scratch his throat and ear. I thought it was behavioral but he did get allergy treatment. It started again seemed to me a nervous thing around age 12 again. He was tested for allergies and found he was no longer allergic to anything. Great news. But why the noises? I did finally tell him it was sort of annoying once or twice and he did stop doing it.
So you have done everything you can do. When I thought it was nervous habit I think I did try him on an herbal supplement like st johns wort or some adhd herbal chewable. That's worth a try and easy to do a search for just to try for a few weeks- it can't hurt anything.
Thanks for your comments. They do make me feel a little bit better. It's just so difficult to know if you are doing all the right things. Just yesterday in the store, it seemed like my daughters "noises" had increased dramatically in both loudness and duration. I was driving home wondering if I"m missing something. I think I will try the herbal supplement. I can get her to try a chewable if it tastes good. Thanks for the advice.
My daughter, 6 yrs old, has just begun this throat clearing tic. I have read articles about it being caused from stress. She had a line in the school Christmas play, and it did begin about 3-4 days before the program. A week later was the church kids program. She told me she was nervous both times, but did a great job once on stage. I know these things are stressful for the elementary kids. I am hoping that it is a benign tic, and that's all!! During the second program, the microphone picked up her constant throat clearing. I was hoping no one
else noticed! It has become very annoying. I'm hoping that with Christmas break coming in just 5 days, she will relax and simply break free!!
Thank you for your post, I know I'm not alone!!
My doctor also asked me if my daughter was "stressed". I guess when they're 3 years old you can't think of anything they could possibly be stressed about - isn't that suppose to be the stress free years of their life? Anyways, my daughters throat clearing has improved dramatically. We have days where it's more obvious than others, but so far not as bad as it was at the end of the summer. I'm hoping she's outgrowing it or become "less stressed". But I think you are right - especially at six years of age - your daughter might just be nervous about the play. Hopefully after Christmas she will stop it.
I can totally relate to the throat clearing. When my daughter does it in public - everyone turns their head! I've learned to act like I don't even hear it and usually people turn back and forget about it. Sometimes if you don't react, they dont react.
Let me know if your daughter improves after the holidays............
My daughter who is 8 years old also has the habit of clearing out her throat, she has had it for over two years now. I can't pinpoint the time frame it was starting to happen, however she doesn't do it when she is running around outside or being really active and doesn't do it when she sleeps.
I have taken several measures of trying to get this resolved by taken her to our family doctor which put her on flonase, didn't help. After trying almost every allergy medication over the counter I went to have her tested for allergies, which she had some, however they were not in season at the time, I than was referred to an ear nose and throat doctor which did an xray of the throat which there was nothing in the back of the throat to cause her to do this, he than mentioned that it seemed to be a tic.
I really don't know what would be the next step. If it is caused from stress do I want to put her on something to calm her down? It is very annoying I guess to my husband and myself the most. I am also concerned how the others view her at school.
Your not alone in this and it is not easy-if you find out anything more please let me know.
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