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What does excessive eye blinking and nose scrunching in a child with a severe abuse history indicate?

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In brief: Tic

Could be a nervous tic.
Could also indicate some anxiety. Talk with your child's pediatrician to determine the cause.

In brief: Tic

Could be a nervous tic.
Could also indicate some anxiety. Talk with your child's pediatrician to determine the cause.
Dr. Marina Armendariz
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Dr. Patrick Hieber
Pediatrics

In brief: Tics

Tics are repetitive behaviors that do not serve a physiologic purpose.
Years ago they were often called "nervous tics" as they were thought to be primarily a manifestation of anxiety. While that can occasionally be true, the majority of tics occurring during childhood are now thought to be random events without a known cause. Up to 5% of children will have a transient (weeks-months) tic.

In brief: Tics

Tics are repetitive behaviors that do not serve a physiologic purpose.
Years ago they were often called "nervous tics" as they were thought to be primarily a manifestation of anxiety. While that can occasionally be true, the majority of tics occurring during childhood are now thought to be random events without a known cause. Up to 5% of children will have a transient (weeks-months) tic.
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