Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Martie | 2011-12-17




I have an 8 year old son who had adhd - mostly batteling with the hyperactivity and imulsive symptoms - he is NOT on medication as he is able to concentrate and does well in school. Over the last few months I have noticed that he has several tics. He started rolling his eyes. Then he started rolling his shoulders, then he clenches his stomach muscles. He seems to do it everytime he sits down - like to watch tv, or eat etc. He was born 5 weeks early at 1.8kgs. He is small for his age. He is 123cm and weighs 24kgs and is 8y 6m old. During the time of determining adhd, we had his iq tested and he was tested as above normal.

Do I need to see my pead? Is there a link between thyroid problems and tics and should we consider testing his?

He is not taking any medications and is generally very healthy. He has a very dry skin but that is the only ''problems''. Could you please help me.

Expert's Reply



Your son is indeed small for his age and his height in the lowest 10% for boys of 8 and a half.His weight is of less concern as he is in the lowest 25% for weight.Tics are very common in children. They are most likely to occur when children are inactive such as when watching TV or on long car journeys.They can worsen with anxiety but are not thought to be due to an emotional reaction.Most tics clear up by themselves after a few months, though they can recur from time to time. The only time when one needs to be concerned about tics is when they seem to occur all the time and affect several parts of the body and especially if they are accompanied by vocal tics such as hooting, yelping or swearing. Your son's tics do seem to be affecting several parts of his body at the same time but are not continuous and he is not making any strange sounds.If his tics start or occur all the time then he should be seen by his paediatrician.

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