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Children with Tourette syndrome (TS) make sounds and 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 their throat. In rare cases, a child uses bad words or gestures.
Tics usually begin in early childhood. They are often worst around age 12. As your child ages, the pattern of tics can change.
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 advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) 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.
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If your child talks about suicide, self-harm, a mental health crisis, a substance use crisis, or any other kind of emotional distress, get help right away.
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Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: August 25, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Susan C. Kim MD - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Louis Pellegrino MD - Developmental Pediatrics
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