This message was received from a reader in the UK:
I wonder if you could assist with what would be the best option for helping our 7-year-old son. He appears to have tics. Over the past year or a little longer, he goes through stages where, to summarize, he has done one or more of the following for a month or so; then he lapses into a calm period before the motions start back up again:Opening his mouth momentarily as if he’s yawning.
1) Vocal noises such as “huh” (not the word)
2) Nodding his head (current phase)
3) Pointing repetitively
4) Used to squat down or kick his leg out (initially).
We were referred to a pediatrician, and he had an EEG, which came back normal. They also took blood samples and it showed his vitamin D levels low, for which they have just treated with a supplement.
I’ve read it could be diet that is causing the tics? Is there someone we can see to assist him? He is now aware of his situation. Thanks, Marc