My ten year old son was recently diagnosed with TS (although in hindsight the symptoms were there for years). His TS seems to be mild and no medication was even suggested. His friends and teachers have never commented on his tics and he is doing well in school. I haven't told anyone, other than his immediate family, of the diagnosis.
I have noticed the type of tics he gets depends on the time of year. Is this common? In the late Spring and throughout most of the summer he has a tongue thrust tic which stops around the time school starts. Then he is basically tic free until Christmas when he starts sniffing and clearing his throat.
Can tics be allergy related? I have seen a few articles discussing this, however, the doctor I saw dismissed the idea. The doctor basically said yes he has TS and there is really nothing more to do about it -- end of story. I wasn't overly happy with him.
My other question may seem odd, but how do other parents handle the disrupiton of noisy tics? In the evening when the tics are worse it is nearly impossible to sit in a room with my son and watch TV with him because of the the sniffing sounds every few seconds. I know that probably sounded selfish, but I don't mean it this way -- I understand his problem and am completely sympathetic. Is it okay to point out to him that his tics are becoming more frequent or since he can't control them is it best to ignore them. My husband and I are at odds on this. I tend to just leave the room for a few minutes to switch my focus to something else (without telling my son why). My husband keeps reminding him of the tic and asking him to stop -- which I keep telling my husband he can't. Which approach is right -- ignoring it or reminding him??
Thanks for any help and insight.