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  1. Julie, You have definitely come to the right place. There is so much support and positive information here! My son is now 11 and started with vocal tics around 8 years old. Eye blinking, touching objects, smelling fingers, itching nose, etc...followed. It all started with a medical crisis involving my husband. DS was anxious when daddy was hospitalized and the tics started. I believe they would have happened at some point but this was the trigger. Looking back I don't know how I got through it all. But I had no choice. As a mom we just have to keep doing and take care of our family t
  2. Naturopath/MD highly suggested we try GABA for my son's TS. Actually suggested it 6 months ago but I held off until now to try it. We just met with doc two weeks ago again. I figured summer was a good time to try. He had his first dose last night. 500 mg. Took it after dinner. At bedtime he said he was feeling funny. Called it being "woozy". I tried to say he was probably just tired from the long day but I knew it could be the GABA. He took another this evening and by bedtime he said the same thing. Granted it was 11pm so he was tired, too. Late summer nights will do that. A
  3. So happy for you!!! :D Please share what you did to get to this point! My young man has been gluten, casein, potato, apple, pork and many other foods-free for the past 6 months. It is really hard to stick to this but hoping it will be worth it in the end..... Thanks for sharing your great news!!!
  4. Found a naturopath that we are considering seeing for my son. Looks like he uses alot of chelation with his patients. I want to know more about this treatment. How does it work? What is involved? What are the benefits and risks? Has it helped you or your loved one? Thanks for any info you can share!
  5. This is an interesting thread. I have recently contacted a counselor in our area who has TS himself. I was thinking of taking my 11 year old son to him in hopes of CBT. My sons tics are noticeable in times of silence (church) or times of stress. Most of the rest of the time they are very minimal. I was hoping CBT could help him. Now not so sure. My son is interested in meeting another person with TS. I think a professional male would be a good role model for him but I don't want to make him more stressed by going. He doesn't have concerns about his TS. He just rolls with the punche
  6. BTW, what is the difference between Kids Calm and Natural Calm. And should the Natural Calm had added Calcium?
  7. Thanks for sharing, Abbe! So glad to hear that your son is doing well! Always encouraging to hear from other parents when things are going well. You have motivated me to try fish oil. I have been reluctant so far because I have heard mixed opinions and was worried it could make things worse. But now that school is almost over here, I think we will try it. I have some really pure stuff from the naturopath we see. We currently use 5HTP at night and Natural Calm. Very few motor tics but vocal tics still present during quiet times and times of stress. Thanks again, Abbe! God bles
  8. We used natural colors from real foods this Easter! Kids had a blast!
  9. I will be facing that problem too as ds is dairy-free among other things. We make our own popsicles using fruit juice. Kids like them and I like that I know what's in them! Doesn't help much when the neighbors all have junk from the ice cream truck though!!! Good luck!
  10. Patty, Here's a few of the things my son likes: hard boiled eggs "noah's bread rolls" and peanut butter Hot foods in Thermos: *taco meat and salsa (with salad and organic corn chips in another container). He loves making his own taco salad and the other kids are always jealous! *meatloaf and rice or noodles *stir fry and rice *rice pasta and sauce I came across a place with gluten free wraps the other day. You had to buy a bunch online at a time. If I can find the site I will post it for you. But since it is hard to find decent bread this would be great! Might be good for
  11. I totally understand your situation! DS recently started gluten and casein free diet. We live in a cold climate and his thermos keeps food warm for the 5 hours he has to wait until lunch. I send him with leftovers all the time. He prefers them and I love that I can control what he is eating. I put very hot water in the thermos first and let it sit covered for about 5 mins to warm up the thermos. Then I dump the water and put in the hot food very quickly. Seems to work with a good Thermos. Hope this helps!
  12. Our son is almost 11 and weighs 75 lbs. I currently give him about 1/2 tsp of Natural Calm at night before bed. I have been thinking it might be more effective if given in the morning to help with school? I don't want him to be too tired though? When do you find it helps the most? How much do your kids take? DS doesn't like the flavor, even the lemon/raspberry one but we add a little lemonade and it helps. Any other suggestions for making it more palatable? Thanks so much!
  13. Cheri, Where do you buy daylight lamps?
  14. My son was in the school play on Friday. They had a morning show for the school and evening show for family and friends. He managed to control his tics for the most part in the morning. I noticed them but most others probably didn't. Totally different story in the evening. His head started shaking right from the start of the play. He had to physically hold his chin with his hands to try to keep his head from shaking so much. He said the kids around him were asking him if he was ok. As soon as the show was done he wanted to go right home. He had a nasty headache. The head shaking
  15. We were able to have our daughter tested for MMR and Chicken Pox titers. She had enough immunity and didn't have to have the immunization for kindergarten. Doc wrote a note that was included in her health records for school. I would keep asking and perhaps even find another pediatrician who will support you on this. If you have to do the shots, then definitely get them to give them individually. My ped said they don't order them individually but I know there are peds who do. Good luck! God bless!
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