tics related to
Tourette's disorder may seem worse in certain
situations or during times when he or she experiences strong emotions. Common
Stressful events, such as a family fight or poor
performance at school.
Allergies, physical illness, or fatigue.
Anger or excitement. Difficulties with other
kids can make your child angry or frustrated. Or he or she may get flustered
when eager for a fun event, such as a birthday party or holiday.
Your child's tics may decrease or be less severe when he or she:
Has a supportive home and school
Gets enough sleep.
Becomes involved in new
activities that are of great interest. Tics often improve while your child is
focused on an activity as long as there is not a lot of surrounding stress or
agitation from being overexcited.
Remember that tics related to Tourette's disorder also sometimes
increase or decrease for no obvious reason.
Your child may also be able to hold back, or suppress, tics for a
short time. Typically, a child does this when he or she:
Is in a new place, such as at a new friend's
Is in a new situation, such as having someone new over for
Knows that someone is watching for tics, such as a
After holding back tics, most children will soon have a short period
afterward when tics are noticeably worse.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics Donald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerKarin M. Lindholm, DO - Neurology Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics