I have a 5 year old son who has been developing tics over the past year. It started last May when our neighbor boys locked him in their garage. It was pretty traumatic for him, and he started sniffing his fingers. I thought it was a tic, as my daughter had a vocal tic (cough) when she was 5. We watched it, and after about 6 months it disappeared.
Around February he developed a vocal tic, a cough exactly like his sister had. In March he also started with a tic that sounded like a sighing "huh". It's actually a sweet little noise, which makes it a little less grating to hear constantly. He tics everyday, up to 30 times a minute while he is watching TV or playing a video game. When he is talking or playing it is significantly less. Maybe once or twice a minute. Last night I noticed he was putting his thumbs in his mouth, first one then the other. I blew it off, hoping it was nothing. Today it is fully incorporated into his ticking repertoire.
Our doctor has asked us to send him videos, which he is currently viewing. I'm not sure what his plan is, or what he is thinking. He did say he wants to rule out seizures. I'm a little nervous because he is starting kindergarten in the fall. He already has a difficult time making friends and is uncomfortable in new social situations.
At this point I don't think he has hit the requirements for a dx, but I was wondering if his rapid increase in the number of tics, and the presence of complex motor tics makes it more likely that he will receive a diagnosis of TS?
I am really glad to have found an active forum to come to for support.