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'Quirky' DS

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PJM18 Sat 09-Mar-13 16:21:19

Hi. My son who is now 6 has had some habit tics since he was about 2 and he does things like blinking, rubbing his face, shrugging his shoulders etc. Do you think it's this kind of thing? I get quite worried about it but my son is very bright and getting on we'll at school so I think it's affecting him more than me!

ohmygoshandgolly Mon 04-Mar-13 22:46:43

Thanks, that's really helpful. I will speak to the nursery and ask them how he copes when he's nervous or in new situations.

DeWe Mon 04-Mar-13 20:29:01

I'd ask: Does he do silly things when he's nervous/shy?

The GP always comments on my dd's-they always come into the surgery nose down in a book. This is because they're shy and it's a defense mechanism of pretending the focus isn't on them.
Otoh ds (age 5) usually sits on my knee and swamps me in kisses, which is his equivalent of making sure he's not expected to respond.

waitingforgodot Mon 04-Mar-13 16:05:18

Yes good plan. Ask the nursery and see what they say

ohmygoshandgolly Sun 03-Mar-13 21:52:40

Thank you for responding. I really appreciate it.

I didn't say anything to the GP when she said that he seemed quirky and immature. To be honest, I was too busy thinking about the blood tests to really process what she said until later.

He is quirky, undoubtedly. He is very nervy, and has a few little twitches and outbursts in his speech which are a bit odd. I don't see his peers doing similar things. I taught Reception age children so I do have plenty of children to compare him with. To me, quirkiness is a positive trait, I like individuality. The way the GP said it made me feel that it was something to worry about though.

I don't have a decent HV, but I do trust his nursery, so maybe I need to ask them what they think.

JamieandtheMagicTorch Sun 03-Mar-13 15:55:47

..... And of course, it might be absolutely nothing. GP should really not have made an off the cuff remark without elaborating. What did you say when s/ he said that?

JamieandtheMagicTorch Sun 03-Mar-13 15:54:06

All children have their quirks, some only known to their parents. Some quirks are bigger than others. I think I would try and get an idea of what the GP meant, and try not to worry. I have a quirky son. I think whatever to issue, it is better to face and investigate. Knowledge is power.

waitingforgodot Sun 03-Mar-13 15:47:51

Do you think he is quirky? Are you worried? Do you have a health visitor you could speak to?

ohmygoshandgolly Sun 03-Mar-13 14:32:46

I took DS (3.9yrs) to the GP last week with a long list of on-going niggles. (Dribbling, ear rubbing, forced blinking, mouth ulcers, poor sleep and appetite). All of these niggles have been present for some time but have got worse recently.

The GP said that it would be worth having some blood tests taken to check, amongst other things, his iron levels. We have had blood taken and I will get the results next week.

Whilst we were there, the GP commented on his 'quirky-ness' and that he seems immature for his age. I can't quite get those terms out of my head and wonder if she was alluding to something else.

Am I over thinking this because I am anxious about the blood test results? I don't feel that he is very different to his peers, and his nursery have never commented on his development. Since the appointment, I keep focusing on his odd little ways and am trying to imagine how he appears to other adults and children.

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