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8 year old with nervous tick

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 31, 2007
  • 11:55 AM

My 8 year old nephew has developed a nervous tick (he jerks his hands and shoulders) which gets worse. A neurologist has seen some footage that his father took with a camera and told us that it is something normal for kids who are sensitive. There is baby no 2 on the way and he's not exactly thrilled about it. Could it be that the stress of a baby brother might be causing this reaction? Is it common?

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  • My brother had a tick when he was younger, he would ***k his head sometimes and do other odd movements. It might just be due to stress, like the new baby. I know my brother got it because my mom and dad used to fight and argue alot and it affected him, even though he was very young...about 5-8 years old. It went away as he got older, and they separated. He still does some weird things, like blank stare for a minute and then snap out of it when you are in a conversation with him, but I think he just does that because he's thinking, and gets a little nervous. He also was very sensitive when he was younger, but being older he has gained more confidence. He's 19 now. Maybe a therapist or counselor can help? It's funny how certain events can affect children without them thinking too much about it. If the ticks don't away within a while, I would suggest going back and getting another opinion. Hopefully things get better. Congrats on the new baby. :)
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  • I can't imagine a neurologist making a diagnosis from a film. Tics lasting longer than a year should be monitored. If this is just a simple tic, try to involve your son in a soon-to-be sibling class, sports that promote self-confidence (judo) and assurances that he will still be the Number 1 son. If it lasts more than a year, and becomes more diffuse, (other body parts) it might be Tourette's Syndrome. Even though kid's tics are not a psychiatric problem, talking with a therapist may help.
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  • Sorry, ...nephew.
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  • Hello there and thank you.The paedo-neurologist has requested specifically to see a tape of how my nephew acts when he does not know that he is being monitored. We were told that kids often display behaviours and when you take them to the doctor they seem to be ok. The neurologist suggested that my nephew sees a children's psychologist. The tick is relatively new, under one month but it's causing us a lot of worry.
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  • wow, its like reading about MY 8year old nephew's tick! he too has a new baby brother, and his parents are separated, and both have new partners. poor kid, i feel so helpless!my brother is going thru enough already, and he hardly has visits... i just hope its not long turn.
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  • my daughter is 8 and has had nervous tics since she was 4(started pre k). We have no idea what triggered this. My baby struggles through school and sufferes socially. She brushes her face and now jerks her head. She improved for a while but now it seems as though it has come back with a vengeance. Her neurologist believes she is having tics as a result of epileptic seizures. Problem is she has never had a seizure but he believes she eventually will. He says she has a seizure which triggers tics which triggers ADD. She went through all sorts of test and meds but nothing worked. Finally she was sent to a psychologist for O.C.D. which did no good either. Im at a loss as well. I'm praying for your nephew. She gets so frustrated because she can't stop. She does this if she's happy or sad. I put her in cheer with hopes that it will help her.
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    • October 7, 2008
    • 02:19 AM
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  • My son is almost 7yrs old and just developed a nervous tick, he jerks his head back. I am very upset about it, I have taken him to a neurologist, and they have put him on medication and are sending us for an MRI. I wish anyone the best of luck with this, as it is very trying time. I just hope that it goes away with time.
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  • See a real pediatric neurologist.
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  • Just read your post..My son is eight and also has some sort tick. He also jerks his head back and then forward. Just trying to stay calm and do some research...trying not worry.
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  • My son will turn 7 in April. A little over a year ago he started on occassion deliberately jerking his neck. He said he was trying to get the "cracks" out. Neither my husband or I do this so I don't know why he started doing it. He also likes to crack his fingers (we don't). Now his behavior has become more involuntary. He jerks his head and makes a weird look on his face like he's trying to crack his jaw in very quick 2 or 3 movements. Its very hard to watch. I'm trying to stay calm knowing that at one point he was doing things like this voluntarily. We are taking him to a pediatric nuerologist in 1 1/2 wks. Any suggestions?
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    • February 3, 2010
    • 10:58 PM
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  • Take him to the doctor and see how it goes. Was he under stress when this whole thing started? Did he start any medication? My nephews issues started after a treatment with strong antibiotics, but I don't know if it was related. By the way, I did a lot of research into the issue, it seems that it is quite common with many kids and they eventually outgrow it. My nephew is rarely doing it anymore, but mostly when he is tired or angry. He has a lot of jealousy issues with his baby brother-in the beginning they throught that maybe he was doing it to attract attention-but it's improving constantly. I hope it goes well for your kid too.
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    • February 4, 2010
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  • My 8 year old started about a month ago very frequently moving his head forward like he was stretching his neck, sometimes once/minute or more, then not for quite a while. There is no major sources of stress that I know of. Of course as someone else posted he did not do it at all when we took him to his pedatritian, but he still guessed it to be a tic and gave us a hand out that said not to draw any attention to it and it should go away. Wondering if anyone has had any luck w/ chiropractic?
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    • November 22, 2010
    • 04:46 AM
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  • I saw that people are still posting in this thread, so I thought that I might give you an update. My nephew, who is now 10, has outgrown his tick completely, which makes us extremely happy. He has a sensitive nervous system and probably the jealousy he felt when his brother was on the way probably caused it. As we became involved a lot as a family and all of us did a lot of research into it, I would advise the following (not intended as a medical guideline, rather my own understanding of this whole issue):1. If something like that happens out of the blue, please take your child to a pediatric neurologist for assessment, he will help you from there.2. If the exams are clean, try to think whether your child has stress over something (a change? a new family member? problems at school?) or whether s/he has been exposed to medical treatment of any sort recently. 3. It wouldn't hurt to consult a child psychologist.4. In most cases and from what I have been reading, the tick will eventually go away. It might take a while, but it will. In the meantime, try not to give it too much attention to it and even if you believe that the origins are psychological, don't try to discipline your child and try to persuade him/her to stop.Good luck to all the people going through this, it's actually very common, but most of the times it has a good outcome!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 23, 2010
    • 11:26 AM
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  • My 8 year old nephew has developed a nervous tick (he jerks his hands and shoulders) which gets worse. A neurologist has seen some footage that his father took with a camera and told us that it is something normal for kids who are sensitive. There is baby no 2 on the way and he's not exactly thrilled about it. Could it be that the stress of a baby brother might be causing this reaction? Is it common? Thank you!My brother had ticks when he was a kid. He would roll his eyes, ***k his hands and have vocal ticks like making strange nosies. It got worse over the years until he was diagnosed with tourette syndrome. Now he takes medication for it and has better control over his ticks.
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    • November 23, 2010
    • 00:37 PM
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  • My 8 year old nephew has developed a nervous tick (he jerks his hands and shoulders) which gets worse. A neurologist has seen some footage that his father took with a camera and told us that it is something normal for kids who are sensitive. There is baby no 2 on the way and he's not exactly thrilled about it. Could it be that the stress of a baby brother might be causing this reaction? Is it common? Thank you!It sounds like it could be Tourette's. He's at the prime age to develope it. Many kids with Tourette's have only minor ticks like his that usually go away as they get older. Tourette's is a very misunderstood diagnosis but something to consider with your pediatrician. Alot of people picture it like in the movies with cursing and shouting but like anything else in movies, that's VERY rare in a Tourette's case.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 23, 2010
    • 02:33 PM
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  • My eight year old daughter developed a head tic last month after taking Amoxicillin for strep throat. It wasn't really a problem until today. She came home from school and said another child in after school care asked her about it and asked her to stop because it was bothering her. I wasn't initially concerned about it because my nephew did the same thing when he was around eight years old. He's in college now and doesn't demonstrate any evidence of tic behavior. My daughter is somewhat sensitive to noises. She is in the third grade gifted program. She has friends and is often invited to friends homes etc. Her good friends are satisfied with her reply of "I can't help it" when they ask why she does it. I got remarried a year and a half ago, but she and her step dad get along very well. She has a nice relationship with her biological dad as well. There isn't any violence in our home, no significant arguing etc. She is an only child. I feel pretty confident that the tics will resolve on their own, but I'm concerned about her being singled out for being different. I plan on scheduling an appt with her pediatrician this week now that others are commenting on it. Take him to the doctor and see how it goes. Was he under stress when this whole thing started? Did he start any medication? My nephews issues started after a treatment with strong antibiotics, but I don't know if it was related. By the way, I did a lot of research into the issue, it seems that it is quite common with many kids and they eventually outgrow it. My nephew is rarely doing it anymore, but mostly when he is tired or angry. He has a lot of jealousy issues with his baby brother-in the beginning they throught that maybe he was doing it to attract attention-but it's improving constantly. I hope it goes well for your kid too.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 24, 2010
    • 01:21 AM
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  • It wouldn't surprise me if the onset was related to the antibiotics treatment that she took. Most of the time people don't realize that antibiotics can have many many side effects. I'm a grown up and there are some types of antibiotics that I just can't take because they make me feel really bad (tachycardia, stomach pain, a general feeling of anxiety etc).
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 26, 2010
    • 07:20 AM
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