Thanks Thanks:  0
Likes Likes:  0
Results 1 to 3 of 3

Thread: Is licking things part of TS

  1. #1

    Default Is licking things part of TS

    My son, who has recently been diagnosed with Tourette syndrome, licks everything and anything. He has done this for a very long time and when we first started researching TS I thought I saw something about this being a behaviour often associated with it. He licks his hands constantly, his food, toys, even buildings. This is great during flu season!! He licks his shoulders and sometimes even starts to nibble on my shoulders when I give him a hug or we are reading together. Is this common?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Ontario
    Posts
    962

    Default Is licking things part of TS

    Jill

    It is good to see you back on the forum.

    I've known of children with TS that lick their lips raw or have to have something in their mouth like a cord from a jacket.

    You son just turned 5 recently so the oral response could be partial something else.

    Have you discussed this with your Doctor? Was your son diagnosed with any other disorder?

    I would keep a journal and review it with your physician.

    I am sure others will be able to provide some experiences to share with you.
    PJK

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Ottawa, Canada
    Posts
    5,886

    Default Is licking things part of TS

    Jill,

    It would be prudent to report your son's behaviour to the physician who diagnosed your son's Tourette.

    The licking may be a compulsion, as compulsive behaviors are often associated with Tourette.

    I once observed a person with Tourette have the compulsion to lick the mouthpiece of public pay telephones, before inserting the coin.

    Another person with Tourette had the compulsion to place his foot on the track of an oncoming street car in Toronto.

    Your physician may want to discuss some medication treatment options for the compulsive behaviors.

Similar Threads

  1. Seeking things to smell
    By Janet in forum Sensory Processing & Integration
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: October 12, 2009, 01:53 PM
  2. 5 year old lip licking
    By Paula in forum New Members: Introductions
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: November 7, 2005, 10:35 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •