Monday, June 22, 2020

Can tics be cured? What do parents need to do?

Tics, or tic disorders, are not uncommon in children and adolescents. The main manifestation is involuntary, repeated, and rapid motor or vocal twitching of one or more parts. Common ones include blinking, squeezing eyebrows, wrinkled foreheads, distorted facial expressions, opening tongue, shaking head, nodding, raising head, stretching neck, shrugging shoulders, lifting belly, twisting waist, shaking hands, clearing throat, dry cough, humming, sucking nose , Inhale deeply, etc.

Tics start at more than 4-6 years old, and some children with tics may be combined with obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, sleep disorder, emotional disorder and other psychological behavior abnormalities.

The etiology of tics is still unknown, and its treatment varies from person to person. Treatment mainly includes:

1) Psychotherapy:

For children with tic disorders, creating a normal living environment for them is more important than suppressing their tic symptoms. Children with mild symptoms and no comorbidities can simply follow the natural or appropriate psychological adjustment and guidance. Children should be encouraged to participate in normal social activities and maintain good sleep.

2) Drug treatment:

If the symptoms of tics are severe, or the symptoms are not serious, but the child is anxious or even has different levels of social disorders for this reason, you can choose medication. Specific drugs should be used under the guidance of professional doctors.

The prognosis of tic disorder is relatively good. About 1/3 of the patients have completely disappeared in late adolescence. Less than 1/2 of the patients still have mild tic symptoms. Only a small number of children have extended to adulthood or life.

If the child has tics, parents need to do:

1) Peace of mind. Tics is not an incurable disease, don't be overly anxious and overly nervous, try to give your child a normal living and learning environment, and don't overprotect because of illness;

2) Urge children to eat healthy food regularly, avoid excitable and stimulating food as much as possible, and have enough outdoor activities;

3) Seek medical treatment in time according to the child's condition. If medication is needed, urge the child to take the medicine on time and return to the clinic on time.

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