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  1. Just a quick FYI to anyone reading here that Sirena & vvny have children dealing with PANS so responses may be different in kids that have tics for different reasons.
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    Finger movement tics

    Hi shobo This might be a form of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) manifestation? If so, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) can be very helpful Whether these are tics or OCD symptoms, do remember that the more attention you draw to either can actually intensify them. I know it can be hard to "ignore" when something is drawing our attention in a negative way, but your wife is being honest when she says she can't stop doing those actions. Tics and OCD are involuntary. So my advice is to try to be understanding and supportive as that will make it a lot better for both of you.
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    Epsom salt baths?

    Hi mlee I agree with Sheila's comment, and can add that my son had tremendous benefits from his nightly Epsom Salts baths. and when a full bath wasn't convenient, he would do the Epsom footbaths We always ensured he drank plenty of water, and never noticed any laxative effect from the transdermal uptake, just soothing of tics and muscles, and sound sleep following. Good to hear your child is also responding well to this.
  4. Yes, there are numerous posts here related to screens and tics. Try setting your devices on the night light setting and even using computer glasses (you can get those unmagnified if you don't need glasses) It helps with the glare and flash that can sometimes trigger tics. Also search info on Irlen here. Daylight lamps used at night can also help. We focus mostly on natural treatments for tics and Tourette's here. Do take a look at out "Useful Thread" pinned to the top of this forum as you may get some extra tips to help in general https://latitudes.org/forums/topic/2459-useful-threads-info-for-tourette-syndrome-tics/ Our admin Sheila Rogers also has 2 excellent books that may be of help https://latitudes.org/store/tourette-syndrome-triggers-book and https://latitudes.org/store/natural-treatments-for-tics-and-tourette-syndrome-book/
  5. Just an FYI that if you search under chiropractor or chiropractic here on the forum you will find many threads with positive results. I have not heard chiros called functional "neurologists" but perhaps that requires different training? We have always used NUCCA chiros, and later also discovered how good Atlas Orthagonal is. It was not a "cure" for my son, but gave tremendous benefit in conjunction with the other treatment modalities we followed. It was also helpful in that my son's head/neck tics would frequently put him "out" and cause discomfort.
  6. Hi mudhoney Sorry your post has not had any answers yet. I am bumping it up in case any other members from Australia may be able to help. Based on your descriptions of the separation anxiety and feeling ill, headaches, it honestly would be wise to investigate further to check if any infection connection (ie PANS/PANDAS) as well as allergies (food & environmental) etc If your child has had strep or possible other infections, you may also want to check ou PANS forum https://latitudes.org/forums/forum/17-pans-pandas-lyme-included/ We found using Integrative physicians best as they have a more holistic approach (They are fully qualified conventional MDs who also have training in complementary/alternative/naturopathic medicine. Do also take a look at our pinned post with potential helpful info I hope this gives you some avenues to follow.
  7. Hi LW My son was reactive with increased tics to both dental work and anaesthesia (local, as well s general). That doesn't mean yours will be though, but that was our experience. It's tough because sometimes procedures are necessary and so we just have to cope the best we can.
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    Touretic OCD

    Hi Yes, Tourettic OCD was always one of the most problematic aspects for my son. The way it was explained by our physician was tics morphing into OCD and vice versa. My son did benefit from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for this, along with his overall supplemental/nutritional/environmental protocol. Specific acupuncture and resonance biofeedback really helped as well
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    Sleep problems and kids with tics

    Hello Our Integrative doctor recommended very low dose melatonin 300 MICROgrams after dinner. It really helped and we only needed short term use as my son's sleep pattern improved. But he was already 10yo so I am really not sure for a child of 5. If you used a higher dose, that may have been the problem? Our doctor warned us against Valerian for a young child although said ok for adults. Passiflora (from Passion Flower plant) is also used by some people, but again I have no idea re a very young child like yours. There are also soothing essential oils that can be diffused or in some cases applied (check first re application as not all essential oils can be used topically, some should only be diffused or inhaled. They can sometimes have a very soothing effect and promote good sleep. My son has always found an Epsom Salts warm bath very helpful for sleeping soundly. Chamomille tea is great for relaxing and sleep, and can even be used in infants from what we were told. I'm sure there are a lot of other natural sleep remedies, but those are some we found helpful. PS When there was agitation etc resulting from not being able to sleep, we used a few drops of Bach's Rescue Remedy (Flower Remedy) under the tongue, which is an instant calming agent, but again do check re age before use.
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    Tics and use of essential oils?

    Hi Chris and welcome. I am sure Sheila will respond as soon as she is available, but just wanted to mention that my son (now in his late 20s) did find tremendous relief for his OCD and related Tourettic tics from Jasmine Oil. My son was diagnosed 20 years ago with severe TS, had horrid reactions to assorted medications, but was greatly helped by nutritional supplements and dietary/environmental modifications along with acupuncture etc. Very interesting that you are seeing positive results with Essential Oils! I look forward to your future updates and hope things continue to improve
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    Clerodendrum inerme

    Hi I found another that may be of help If you use the search function top right of the main page, you will find more threads as well
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    Clerodendrum inerme

    Hi Pug There are also some threads on our TS/Tics forum that discuss this: Here is one of the more recent ones that may be of help to you.
  13. Hi wonderfulmom I am on my way out so can't post much, but did want to welcome you to the forum, tho sorry to hear of the reason that brings you here. If I can encourage you....persevere! If you find things that are helping, follow the clues. Same for things making tics worse. Keeping a journal, and noting these potential tic triggers was very beneficial for us. Do take a look at the pinned posts at the top of the forum as lots of helpful info there to.
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    Incense & Incense Smoke

    Hi Martin I don't know if it was the smoke or the fragrance in it, but my son has never been able to tolerate incense He is very sensitive to perfumes etc and has a MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity) diagnosis
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    Looking for Insight

    You are very welcome Sarah. I know it doesn't solve the very real issues you are dealing with, but it certainly helped me have support from other parents who understood. I also wanted to point you to our "Useful Threads" pinned at the top of the forum, as you had mentioned wanting to gather some info when you see the neurologist. You may find some helpful ideas there. Our personal experience with conventional docs was sadly only prescriptions, and that really didn't benefit my son in the long run. It wasn't till I found ACN/Latitudes and started a different type of approach that we saw relief and improvement. Also do be sure to check the excellent resources on the main website here http://www.latitudes.org
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