Hi mlee, and welcome to the forums. I'm sorry that your son has been having some tics. Seeking help from a good naturopathic doctor is a great step to take. I hope you will let us know what foods come up as problematic. That should give you some good direction. You can also ask this person for suggestions on nutrient supplements.
Charting is also a terrific step, though I know it can seem overwhelming, as you say. It will get easier with time. Keep it up--but also, only take on as much as you can without stressing yourself too much.
If your son has a problem with gluten-- and not everyone with tics does -- it can take some time for improvement to be seen. I would give it a couple of weeks, and even then do not expect a dramatic change immediately as it can be a gradual change, and there may be other issues going on as well.
Our organization has a new book out on tracking down triggers for tics. You might find it useful. Also, I think it would encourage you, because you asked if people are able to get the tics under control, and yes, many do and some of their accounts are in this book. But it can take a comprehensive effort, not just one or two things that usually bring about all the change.
Have you already had a chance to make other changes in the diet like avoiding artificial colors, flavors and preservatives in food and drink?
What we have found is that a three-pronged approach can often help: 1) dietary change, 2) avoiding allergens (is your child or immediate family allergic?) and 3) avoiding toxic products typically used in the home like bleach, scented products, pesticides.
In addition to the above, you want to be sure there is not an underlying infection.
Please get back to us and let us know a little more and also what the naturopath suggests about the food testing. And you should definitely have hope! You have already taken some very positive steps.
Hello I just wanted to share my story, and maybe it will help others. I'll try keep this focused and straight to the point.
My son started his "noticeable" tics on Christmas eve 2017. Pediatrician said it's command and would go away, just not sure when. I started to get more and more concerned as frequency increased, at times it would be several times a minute. He had motor tics with his arms, then later shoulder shrugs, then neck turning, and facial tic (that we thought were just too much screen time). No vocal tics noticed. He had a bad diet being a bit picky, and would eat lots of candy, he would also get lots of tablet time. I had my share of sleepless nights thinking and worrying about him.
I tipped off about the book "Natural Treatments for Tics and Tourettes..."..and that book, lifted my spirits, inspired me, gave me hope, and energized me to help my son.
Here's what I implemented at home: (mind you, the night before I started making changes, he was sick with a fever and tic'ing restlessly)
Bought magnesium gummies to give him
Bought fish oil
Cut the high fructose out of the diet
started removing artificial flavors and colors
cut down on screen time
When he was sick for about a 8 day stretch, I started the plan above. He already hadn't been eating much since being sick, but we I started giving him magnesium supplement. He probably had magnesium supplement for about 6 days then he got better. We noticed immediate turnaround, for a good few days I didn't see 1 motor tic, which was going from several times a minute to maybe 1 all day. Just seeing it stop for 1 full day, confirmed to me that there is something we can do despite what the dr's say.
We started to be more conciseness about what we feed our kids, and tried to get more nutrients in them. I had to explain to the both kids, that we all need to eat healthier, so we need to stop eating stuff that's bad for us. My son was all in, he always asks now if a certain food is healthy.
About 2 months into being more healthy his motor tics were probably 90% gone, but he still had some facial tics. The crazy thing is even though he made great progress, just seeing a tic here and there could still sink my spirits.
Thinking about his bad diet and him not being regular with his stool, got me thinking he may have leaky gut and that maybe he's not absorbing nutrients well.
I know the battle may not be over yet, but I'm happy to report that he hasn't had a motor tic that i've seen in about 2 weeks, and the last week have not noticed many facial tics. This week he's also been more regular, going #2 every other day (previously it was 1-2 per week).
What we're are currently doing:
Smarty Pants Multi (whch has omega 3)
Smart Calm Magnesium gummies (they loooove, the taste of this one)
Eating / Food:
No High Fructose
No Artificial Flavors
No Artificial Colors
Fruit / Veg smoothies
Buy Organic when we can
Cut down on fast food - there was a happy meal or 2 in the last 2 months
Candy is not an everyday thing, special occasions and rewards
Cut down screen
More board games
I still allow them to have candy here and there, but nothing like before. I just still want them to enjoy being a kid, so even at birthday parties, I'll let them splurge.
I hope someone can takeaway something from my post, I know reading posts from others often lifted my spirits while I was going through some hard times with my childs tics.
Feel free to ask me questions.....
although we did food sensitivity testing when my son was young (4yo) and again after his TS diagnosis(10yo) and also specific food elimination when we were detoxing from candida(yeast), my son does NOT have any food allergies or sensitivities, other than to artificial ingredients. He showed only a slight reactivity to peanuts, but now seems to tolerate them just fine.
He does however react big time to artificial sweeteners, colors, flavors, high fructose corn syrup, preservatives and MSG and so we totally avoid these.