Tic disorders include both motor and vocal tics. Tics can be physical, such as blinking or arm flailing, or verbal, such as the sounds made by grunting and barking. Tics are involuntary and very difficult to control. It is estimated that 1 in every 162 children struggles with tic disorders and many practitioners feel that many more cases go undiagnosed. Tic disorders typically first appear between ages six and twelve but this number does not consider those whose tic disorder was acquired after the age of 18. Tics tend to come on suddenly in those who have previously been developing normally without any noted problems with motor skills or speech up until that point.
The exact cause of tic disorders can vary although factors such as genetics may play a role. However, in cases, such and PANS/PANDAS infectious disease and underlying infections...
I am sure you are wondering is there a connection between my kid getting sick and an increase in tics.
Are you ready for a science lesson? This week are going to dive into why your child's tics seem to get worse when they are sick. When your child is sick with an infection or illness, it's normal for tics to increase. However, they're often worse when the child has a fever. This is because the body's immune system reacts to fight off the invading virus or bacteria.
When tics increase, especially when our kids are sick, it is essential to look at the immune system and inflammatory response. When your immune system becomes activated, it starts releasing inflammatory cytokines. Cytokines are a normal and natural response of the innate immune system. Cytokines are tiny proteins that are critical in controlling the growth and activity of other immune system cells as well as blood cells. When cytokins are released, they signal the immune...
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As a parent you may have searched high and low for natural treatments to tic disorders, will tics go away, do magnesium and B6 work for tics, natural remedies for tics and Tourettes, and I am sure the list goes on. You have done the research you have tried all the natural treatment recommendations but you still feel stuck.
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We think of stress as "my boss is a jerk" or "there is a bully at school". I am going to ask you to step out of the box and consider all types of stress! Stress isn't just the mental or emotional stress we...
Has your child just been handed a tic disorder diagnosis? They are experiencing tics and twitches and you don't know what to do! Maybe you have questions about the genetic roots of your kid’s condition? I'm here to answer your questions and help ease some anxiety. I have tons of powerful information that may relieve, or at least clarify, some of your worries.
I want to help you explore the genetics behind tics disorders and what they mean for children who are affected by them. In addition, I want to make sure that parents have all the resources available to them when it comes to their kids and any medical conditions they might be experiencing – so read on!
Is there a gene that predisposes your child to tic disorders? In short, no! Although many genes have been studied, there is not a stand-alone gene that is influencing a tic.
I am sure you are wondering, "then why does genetics matter?"
When I look at...
I'm not going to lie, I am a mom with two teenagers, and it has been hard at times to encourage them to eat healthily. It's even harder when you are faced with the challenge of packing lunch for school or work every day! But don't worry, this blog will give you some tips on how to make it easier.
For most of my clients, sticking to a diet plan is paramount for reducing tics, improving focus, and tackling sensory processing issues.
However, teenagers want to eat ALL the junk! Parents ask me all the time how to help them stay away from the junk.
Well, I'm happy to say that there are numerous ways to help teenagers and children eat healthier without giving up on what they like. Eating healthy for them doesn't have to be all about veggies and raisins.
Focus on what you can control: Keep healthy food in the house and stock the fridge with fruits and veggies. Avoid the packaged processed junk and anything that comes in a box, bag,...
Do you have a child who is dealing with tics? For many, this can be debilitating and difficult to deal with. It may seem like there is no escape from the daily discomfort of having uncontrollable muscle spasms or vocalizations.
You're not alone in your struggle. One in five children will experience some tic disorder at some point during their childhoods - it doesn't discriminate by gender or ethnicity! If you are looking for an alternative treatment option to help manage these symptoms, chiropractors might provide relief. Chiropractic care has been shown to reduce both the severity and frequency of symptoms associated with tic disorders.
Seeing a chiropractor may help tic disorders might make sense because the spine and nervous system are interrelated. The central nervous system (CNS) controls and coordinates all functions of the entire body, including tics; when there is a decreased function in the CNS, tic symptoms can be exacerbated....
You may be asking yourself, "What does constipation have to do with tics?" Well, you may not know, but a study by the University of Chicago Medicine Children's Hospital and published in Pediatrics Journal found that children who suffer from chronic constipation often also struggle with Tourette syndrome. The study looked at 60 patients diagnosed with chronic constipation and found that 83% had some neurological disorder such as ADHD or Tourette Syndrome. So if your child has been struggling with both issues, it might be worth looking into hidden stressors before exploring other options!
We know two things here: your child has a tic and they are constipated
BUT have you ever asked why can't they poop?
Today we are going to explore some of the underlying reasons your kid can't go!
Do you know what they are eating? If your child is on a diet of mainly junk foods and artificial sugars, they will have an increased...
The internet mentions Magnesium for tics about a billion times, but is it the magic bullet? If you are searching Dr. Google for natural approaches and you roll up on the wonders of Magnesium, here is what you need to know. Magnesium is not a cure tics. Magnesium is necessary for several things related to health, but if you are looking at natural remedies and if Magnesium is your first port of call, I have some terrible news Magnesium may not do squat when it comes to a tic disorder.
So why is Magnesium recommended in the first place? A very small study in 2008 showed some positive results. However, the sample size was so small. Magnesium is one of those things that the internet loves. Magnesium is a very safe supplement and can be found inexpensively. Magnesium will help with sleep quality if tic disorders cause you to struggle with insomnia. Magnesium does support healthy brain function and helps to regulate muscle...
There are a lot of confusing terms floating around in the world of pediatric autoimmune disorders. Some of these include PANDAS, PANS, and OCD. This blog post will focus on what symptoms to look for if you suspect your child has either PANDAS or PANS. It will also explore natural options available and how to get support should your child show signs of one or both conditions.
What is PANS?
PANS stands for Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome. This is a condition that can occur in pediatric populations; the symptoms are nearly identical to those of Lyme disease and can develop rapidly within days or weeks. The immune system goes crazy and starts attacking everything, including the brain (which can lead to tics symptoms and OCD behavior. There is now a known cause of PANS , but it's believed that it's caused by a combination of factors (like Lyme disease, food sensitivities, underlying infections, environmental toxins, and heavy...
If you tried magnesium and B6 for tics with no success it's time to learn the symptoms that may indicate your child has a gut health problem.
It's not uncommon for children to have tics. For example, they may blink repeatedly or make a clicking sound with their mouth. But if you notice your child is scratching themselves excessively, has chronic stomachaches, gas, bloating, mood swings or is having trouble sleeping, it could be that the gut health of your little one needs some support.
Tics result when activity in certain parts of the brain becomes unregulated which leads to excessive movement or vocalization. Tic disorders have many different causes – including genetics, trauma, and infection - but they share common symptoms such as eye blinking, grimacing face, uncontrollable movements and vocal noises.
The gut and the brain are connected and this connection can have an impact on your child's tics. Let's start...