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Old 01-08-2013, 01:08 PM   #1
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child's excessive blinking, TICS?

My 9 yr old daughter started blinking excessively about a month ago and it seems to be getting worse. We took her to an optometrist but nothing wrong with her eyes except a slight bad vision which requires glasses for her classroom. Can this be considered TICS and will it go away with time?

 
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Re: child's excessive blinking, TICS?

Many kids will blink excessively when they need glasses. Has the blinking improved since she got glasses? Maybe she needs them at home too for distant vision.

 
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Old 01-08-2013, 02:27 PM   #3
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Re: child's excessive blinking, TICS?

No, glasses haven't helped yet.

 
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Old 05-08-2014, 12:41 PM   #4
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Re: child's excessive blinking, TICS?

Honestly, I would just watch her. It usually takes more then one symptom to diagnose tics/ Tourette's (this is only my opinion). Many children will develop habits, like eye blinking, when doing heavy thinking or maybe nervous (kind of like nail chewing)

 
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Old 10-27-2014, 05:09 AM   #5
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Re: child's excessive blinking, TICS?

At 5 years old, my DGS was diagnosed with ADHD. Around that time, he started excessive blinking. The therapist told them it was a Tic, but to ignore it. Don't tell him to stop, don't mention that he's doing it. Eventually, it stopped on it's own, and now at 6, his behavior is much better and it seems that he is growing out of the ADHD. Because of his behavior problems, he was having a bad time at Pre School and I think that was causing him anxiety. He didn't want to go because he was afraid of getting yelled at. He was very fearful of starting kindergarten for the same reason, but kindergarten is going very well. He's so good that he's almost teacher's pet! LOL

 
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Re: child's excessive blinking, TICS?

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My 9 yr old daughter started blinking excessively about a month ago and it seems to be getting worse. We took her to an optometrist but nothing wrong with her eyes except a slight bad vision which requires glasses for her classroom. Can this be considered TICS and will it go away with time?
Like some have suggested..........don't do anything just yet. Don't create a problem where there is no problem.

Tell a kid they have tourettes and they will think they do whether they actually do or not.

Also, remember that 99% of everyone that actually does have tourettes as children do not have it by the time they are in late teens to early 20's. So, what ever you do don't take them to a Neurologist or the like that will most likely put them on super strong meds that will cause more problems than blinking ever will.

Some things to watch for along with the blinking:

Excessive spitting, stuttering, OCD behavior such as touching/saying things over and over.

Also, most everyone that has/had tics as children never knew it for a long time simply due to most tics being so subtle such as a blink here and there mixed with an extra shrug of the shoulders or even a simple tug at the shirt.

Remember, going through any of those (spitting, blinking...etc) motions does not mean they have ts. It is not "WHAT" they do that says if they have ts it is "HOW" and "WHEN" they do it.

 
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