Tic Disorder in a Preschooler: When Motor Tics Become a Problem
Our original neurologist told us that despite the severity of our son’s tic disorder, because his tics were only present a few short months, we would need to wait a full year from onset to diagnose him. She suspected it was Tourette Syndrome. She said after diagnosis she would begin a prescription of Topamax. She advised us to just ignore the tics and do the best we can. In her defense, she claimed that oftentimes tics disappear and don’t return (also known as transient tics). So she was hopeful that we would see a reduction in the behaviors and movements without the need to diagnose or medicate our very young child.
I left the office with such fear and disappointment pumping through my veins. I was unnerved and felt completely helpless. So I fought back by making it my business to read as much as I could about motor tics in children. I wanted to help my son recover from his tic disorder as much as possible before coming back to the neurologist. I really was afraid to get that prescription for his motor tics. What happened over those next six months was nothing short of a miracle in my mind, as our son made a slow and steady recovery from his tic disorder. We never did make it back to the neurologist’s office, and our son has never been prescribed medication for his childhood motor tics.
Dan Doctors or ACAM Doctors Use Alternative Treatments
Instead of taking a conventional route, we started by reading: Lifeflow compared to Holosync and OmHarmonics (by David Foley) which set forth a research spree that lasted days, we chose to visit a pediatric physician for our son’s tic disorder. He practiced at the not for profit Pfeiffer Treatment Center in Warrenville, IL, until it closed it’s doors in 2011. Now those doctors have opened up Mensah Medical and continue to do the same work. A DAN or ACAM doctor uses much of the protocol developed in the Defeat Autism Now movement. Although his office didn’t see motor tics in children as often as they did ADHD and Autism, he had a protocol for us to try.
Our son is now in what I consider remission from his tic disorder. He is developing normally both physically and mentally. We have a special diet and supplement regime that we have tailored specifically for our son’s needs. Our natural treatments for motor tics is based on blood, urine, hair, and genetic testing. Much of what we learned about motor tics in children has been researched and reported by many doctors and specialists in several areas of medicine and nutrition.
We know that the improvement in our son’s motor tics is from these efforts because we have seen increases in his tics when he has been exposed to his specific triggers. For example, when our son accidentally gets gluten and corn (which can cause dysbiosis) in his diet he will have motor tics. We will see improvements in his condition after we make specific changes again to avoid these two triggers. But gluten and corn are not our son’s only triggers. Many experts will tell parents who practice natural treatments for motor tics to avoid sugars, and artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives too.
To find out more about food triggers, read: Motor Tics and Diet Deficiencies: Does Food Trigger Tics in Children?
If you would like more information on natural treatments for adults and children suffering from chronic multifocal tic disorders or Tourette Syndrome, check out the following resources:
- Natural Treatments for Tics and Tourette’s: A Patient and Family Guide
by Sheila Rogers. This is a new release. We purchased her original book two years ago and it was instrumental in helping us devise a strategy for our son’s tic disorder recovery program.
- Bontech Supplements by Bonnie Grimaldi (although we no longer use these vitamins because we get a special compounded vitamin for our son) we started on this brand and found it very helpful while we were searching for the causes and cure for our son’s tic disorder.
- Latitudes Online, a publication of the Association for Comprehensive NeuroTherapy. This is an online-based magazine that highlights articles by experts, includes research updates, environmental tips, success stories, book reviews, and more. A subscription to Latitudes Online is a great way to stay updated on the latest findings for treating tics. Annual membership costs as little as $40 and includes a synopsis of all the latest journal abstracts available so you don’t have to compile the research yourself.
A Final Comment about Natural Treatments for Tic Disorders:
If you have been helped by this information please leave a comment! I would love to hear other people’s stories. If you’ve found additional treatments that have helped your child please tell me about it. Natural treatments for tic disorders do work. Sometimes the result isn’t a complete cure. But fortunately for my celiac son it was. In our case curing the tic disorder meant giving up dietary sugar.