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Strange jaw movemnets. Help needed.

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Mondaybaby Mon 12-Nov-12 10:00:40

I am going to post this in the child health section too. I hope it is ok to post in 2 threads at the same time.
My dd is 26 months. For the last 6 or 7 weeks she has been making repeated movements with her lower jaw, moving it from side to side. Sometimes these movements last for a few seconds and sometimes she will do it for 15 seconds or so. She does not seem too bothered by them but they must be quite tiring. Some days she does this very often and other days it seems to be less frequent. There is no pattern to when she does these jaw movements. It is day and night, even as she is falling asleep. She does it when she is playing, watching tv, happy, bored, cross, etc. I have mostly ignored and not drawn attention to this behaviour but yesterday she was doing it all day and quite vigorously. I asked her if she could stop the movements and she said no.
I am really worried as it isn't passing as I thought it would when it started. It is getting worse. In all other ways she is a bright, happy little girl. She has her moments like all toddlers but I have no issues with her behaviour or development. I have googled Tourettes and the facial movemets do seem to fit with this syndrome but it seems children are older than 2 when they develop symptoms.
I am sorry about the long post but does anyone have any ideas or experience of this kind of behaviour? I am so worried.

Mondaybaby Mon 12-Nov-12 14:23:46

I am bumping this as I am really worried.

JiltedJohnsJulie Mon 12-Nov-12 21:19:13

Could you talk to your HV?

sannaville Tue 13-Nov-12 07:35:49

I would try and get it on video on your phone AMD go to the gp with it

ZuleikaD Tue 13-Nov-12 07:52:54

Yes, agree with videoing. Sorry, I thought I replied yesterday but the not-very-robust MN servers went down again and my post must have got lost. I had a worrying thing with DS when he was about 6m - he started doing a weird, seemingly-involuntary spasming thing with his head/neck. I videoed it and took it and him to the GP but she thought it was fine and he grew out of it. Two-year-olds do all sorts of things and you may find that your DD just stops. Either way a trip to the GP may put your mind at rest.

Mondaybaby Tue 13-Nov-12 10:24:36

Thanks for your replies. I am going to the GP tomorrow morning and I will try to get a recording of it before then. I did tell our HV about 4 weeks ago and she was less than helpful. I also went to the dentist a few weeks ago and she wasn't concerned about her jaw. Thanks all. I will see what the GP says tomorrow.

fanjoforthemammaries7850 Tue 13-Nov-12 10:36:06

She could be getting molars maybe and feeling a wee bit uncomfortable?

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