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5 year old head shaking

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Taylia Tue 10-Jan-17 19:41:07

Posting here for traffic.

My 5 year old DD has started a habit of shaking her head every half a minute or so (sometimes more often) we thought it was that her fringe was too long so got it cut but she's still doing it. It's been a couple of weeks now.

We've asked her why and she's says it's something on her face but there's nothing there and I've even snipped some straggly hairs just in case.

She seems to screw her eyes up when she's doing it as well.

Alongside this she's also clearing her throat constantly, she's not had a cold since the start of December and doesn't sound croaky but is still doing it.

Anyone heard of this before?

7SunshineSeven7 Tue 10-Jan-17 19:42:54

Has she got an ear infection?

Taylia Tue 10-Jan-17 19:55:52

No, no signs of illness at all

seriouslyenoughalready Tue 10-Jan-17 19:57:35

does she have any other behaviour issues or anxiety /social difficulties/sensory processing issues?

Richteadipped2 Tue 10-Jan-17 20:00:20

Do you think it could be a tic?

Richteadipped2 Tue 10-Jan-17 20:01:49

And yes re sensory issues

OpalTree Tue 10-Jan-17 20:01:59

I thought a tic.

ghostwatch Tue 10-Jan-17 20:08:43

Yes my partner has to Tourette's syndrome he clears his throat, coughs all the time and sniffs makes shoulder movements, head movements, ticking noice and a pig noises. The coughs has been around the longest but the tick noise (sounds like a car indicator) is the newest. He does it most when enthusiastic or stressed. Going to the gym has helped and so has diet. Hope this can help in some way

BlowMeDownWithAFeatherMissis Tue 10-Jan-17 20:16:51

It does sound likely to be tics - both my dds have them and eye blinks/screwing up eyes and throat clearing seem to be fairly common ones. They tend to come and go.

MollyHuaCha Tue 10-Jan-17 20:19:36

It could also just be that she likes the sensation of it - a bit like when children love walking on a low wall. She might've doing but for no other reason other than the fun of the feel of it.

Dogsandbabies Tue 10-Jan-17 20:25:04

A friend of mine did this when we were 7or 8. It was a little tic she developed (that did originate from a long fringe). And she suddenly stopped doing it a few months later.

Taylia Tue 10-Jan-17 20:41:10

Thanks for replies.

No sensory/social issues. Well behaved if a little excitable especially when tired.

I am concerned it's a tic. I've read that they can disappear as fast as they appear. Hopefully that's the case.

oleoleoleole Tue 10-Jan-17 20:55:56

I'd have her eyes tested, just to be sure they're OK.

Potnoodleforbrains Tue 10-Jan-17 20:56:29

My son started this at about the same age . Turned out he had torrette syndrome. Had lots of different tics . One was he would have to give the finger to all the teachers .! He was allowed to wear mittens in school for this reason. He is 15 now and almost all the tics have gone .

Billyray23 Tue 10-Jan-17 21:23:12

When my eldest son was about 4 or 5 he kept blinking all the time it went on for a few weeks I took him to the GP who very firmly (shouted) told him to stop. He said young children develope habits and they just need something to break it. He stopped the blinking a few months the later he began making a coughing sound all the time. I took him to doctor s again, he told him to stop and he did. No more habits developed after that.

What I am trying to say is try not to worry it could just be a habit and go as quick as it appeared.

blackpoolassy Tue 10-Jan-17 21:28:59

I would get a neuro referral from the gp. But I'm sensitive about this at the moment

DailyFail1 Tue 10-Jan-17 21:34:29

Sinus infections sometime feel like a weight/vice on your face. Nerve inflammation can feel like crawling sometimes. Get her to the GP so they can give her a complete work up.

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