Does your child have any particular habit like putting a finger on the nose, biting their lips, or shaking their head? Know its causes and remedies

symptoms of tics

Sometimes children keep doing certain activities over and over again, over which they do not have control. Learn from the doctor why this happens.

Some children have a habit of repeating a particular activity throughout the day, such as chewing lips, blinking, jerking the head, biting nails, etc. They do not have control over most of such habits, so they are not able to stop them even after interrupting or explaining. This problem is called Tics in English. Tics mean a specific reaction of the body due to uncontrolled activity. 

Ticks in children begin to appear at the age of 5 to 9 years and become more severe after that. This is seen more in boys than in girls. Amit Gupta, Senior Paediatrician at Motherhood Hospital explains that the problem of tics in children is usually due to changes in some parts of the brain that control body movement. Sometimes this problem in children can also be genetic. Let us know about the types, symptoms, and treatment of ticks.

Types of tics in children

vocal tics

This includes making noises like murmuring all the time, talking to yourself, relieving a sore throat, yelling, or repeating a sentence

motor tics

In this there are somebody’s movements in the childlike blinking of eyes, rubbing of the nose, putting a finger in the nose, rubbing shoulders and offering arms, etc.

Causes of ticks in children

Tics are a genetic condition in some children and are passed on from generation to generation.

It can also be the cause of abnormal metabolism. This may be due to the chemical dopamine in the brain.

Sometimes neurotransmitter disturbance is also believed to be associated with this condition.

Some external and internal factors such as food allergies, exposure to chemicals, etc. also increase the risk of ticks in children.

Taking certain medicines, such as medicines that treat hyperactivity disorder and attention deficit disorder, can also cause side effects such as tics.

Other causes of tics

Some behavioral changes can also be the cause of tics such as:

  • being stressed or over-emotional
  • having anxiety
  • be too enthusiastic
  • to be tired
  • to be happy
  • Talking about or paying attention to tics.

symptoms of tics

  • coughing up
  • Making animal sounds.
  • Clearing sore throat.
  • Keep sniffing through your nose.
  • repeating sentences.
  • Yell.
  • blinking eyes
  • biting your lips
  • nose bleed
  • twirl the forehead
  • copy others
  • To kick.
  • skipping a rope
  • sitting leg shake
  • to smell everything

Other Conditions With Tics

Many children may have some other mental disorder along with tics like- ADHD, OCD, anxiety

When should I go to the doctor?

Although ticks do not cause any serious mental illness and it goes away on their own after a few days. You should definitely talk to your doctor if the following conditions are observed:

When tics are quite regular and are seen frequently.

When due to this, the child is facing more emotional and social problems such as feeling humiliated in public or preferring to stay at home more.

When they are in pain because of this.

The daily activities of the child are being affected.

what is the treatment for ticks

Comprehensive Behavior Intervention

In this, children are taught certain habits and behaviors that can help them with tics, such as increasing their awareness of it and changing their routine.

Exposure to Responsive Prevention

This technique helps children to get out of the uncomfortable environment and feel a little more comfortable.

You can help kids do other activities so they can live a normal life without getting distracted by tics. Make sure to put the child to sleep on time so that the sleep pattern is not affected and the child can get a full sleep.

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