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Tic Cough In Children
7 y/o with ?Asthma and tic disorder, coughing a lot, more at rest than when active (but happens both circumstances). Could the cough be a tic?
Yes: A child with previously know tic disorder may demonstrate new tics as he or she grows up. Most tics do not necessarily need to be treated. The key thing to evaluate is whether the coughing is causing any functional difficulties such as problems with speech or school difficulties. ...Read moreGet help now ›
Duration: Tics come in many forms--vocal or motor, transient or chronic, simple or complex. Transient tics (vocal or motor) last only for a few days or weeks or occur only occasionally, usually under increased stress; they are quite common especially in boys 6-9 years old. They are benign, do not require treatment, and nearly always resolve spontaneously. A eye or cheek twich is a common example. ...Read moreGet help now ›
Many: Changes of routine, as in the beginning of school after a vacation, often trigger tics. Although these situations can't always be avoided, you can prepare yourself that the tics may increase, and not get upset over it. Stimulants, such as caffeine, chocolate & otc decongestants may trigger tics. Illnesses may also, particularly if the child has panda's. Here's the nmih website on it http://intr. ...Read moreGet help now ›
Pharmacology: Tics are repetitive, involuntary, stylized, motor movements involving a single or complex group of muscles. Chemicals that are stimulatory in nature, such as caffeine or methylphenidate, may excite muscle fibers to contract more easily. Brain control of muscle firing may also be increased with these substances. Tics are worsened by stimulants, not caused by them. See my health guides on panda's. ...Read moreGet help now ›
What is the reason why children develop tics, does it have to do with trauma or neurological damage?
Neither or both: Tics can occur developmentally around seven years old and dissipate by teenage. However, severe motor movement disorders can be caused by panda's, or inherited as a disease such as generalized anxiety disorder, ocd, or phobias. See the following link: http://www.Pedrheumonlinejournal.Org/april/reviewarti.Htm. ...Read moreGet help now ›
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Asthma, Allergies?: Nighttime cough is often caused by asthma, although allergies are also a problem - especially in Texas. Chronic or persistent cough could be caused by pneumonia, foreign body, viral infections, or even pertussis. Visit your doctor for an exam; a chest X-ray may be needed. Consider using an allergy medicine to see if this helps. Call for a sick visit for difficulty breathing or audible wheezing. ...Read moreGet help now ›
Depends on Cause: Otc cough suppressants for children contain mainly dextromethorphan, a mild cough suppressant. Some studies show honey to be equally/more effective for soothing cough (never give to children <1yo). If caused is posterior nasal drip, consider use of antihistamine. If due to inflammation (wheezing) in lungs, child may benefit from bronchodilator tx (albuterol) and/or steroid therapy. ...Read moreGet help now ›
Honey: Honey was compared to cough syrup with dextromethorphan and honey was equally effective for helping coughs. So a tsp of honey or some warm herbal tea with honey is fine. Running a humidifier and having the child sleep propped up may also help. Remember, never give honey to babies under 1 year of age. ...Read moreGet help now ›
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