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Small tics in children: does it go away?

Tics can be stopped

Experts such as child psychiatrist Roessner also differentiate tics from habits such as fingernail biting. "Older patients aged eleven and over say that the tic is often preceded by a premonition, similar to the tingling sensation in the nose before you have to sneeze. This premonition only disappears once the tic - blinking or clearing your throat, for example - has been performed once or twice ", he says. There is no such anticipation when biting your nails.

Younger children are of course not yet able to report this anticipation, they are sometimes not even aware of the tic. But it is easy to break, especially with smaller children: "The child reacts to speech or contact and can be distracted, for example with a game. Then the tic stops," says pediatrician Baumgartner.

The tics can be triggered by periods of rest: when reading aloud, watching TV or when the child is tired. The everyday life of many kindergarten children is often full of activities, sometimes they have little time to concentrate on themselves, to sink into a game or to laze around. Other sufferers react to overstimulation and stress with tics. It is precisely then that it is important to break through the situation. With distraction, rest or relaxation, the tic disappears again. "As parents, you can check: Does our child have stress? Does it need more rest periods?" Advises Bastian Baumgartner.

Most tics last between six and twelve weeks in toddlers and then go away on their own, says Baumgartner. Their appearance is completely harmless. "If the child is otherwise developing well, all you have to do is wait and see," says the child neurologist. Important advice for parents: "Absolutely ignore the tic and endure it!" Emphasizes Veit Roessner. "Even for older sufferers who can control their tics, it is not very motivating if you ask them about them. Especially since it is very exhausting to suppress a tic."