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Children with Tourette's disorder make sounds or movements that they can't control. These are called tics.
Some children blink their eyes a lot or twitch their nose. Others move their arms or legs a lot or stamp their feet. A child with verbal tics may grunt, shout, or clear his or her throat. In rare cases, a child uses bad words or gestures.
Tics usually begin between ages 2 and 8. They are often worst around age 12. Tics may go away on their own within a year. In some children, tics may become chronic, which means they last longer than a year.
Tics can last into adulthood. But in most children they slowly go away in the teen years.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: June 16, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Louis Pellegrino MD - Developmental Pediatrics
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