Habit of sniffing nose in ds9. Help!
Posted 16 November 2009 - 09:03 PM
Posted 16 November 2009 - 09:16 PM
ETA: Once I knew he was no longer swollen, I think he kept doing it out of habit. I started gently reminding him to stop and now, he finally has.
Posted 16 November 2009 - 09:25 PM
I told him today that every time I hear him sniffing and he doesn't need to blow his nose, he's paying me a quarter. Any ideas on how to stop this?
Please don't do this. Snorts, sniffs, throat clearing, etc., are all possible tics associated with Tourrette's syndrome. Yes, it can be hereditary. It can also be transient and go away after awhile. It might be allergies, who knows. But on the outside chance these are symptoms of a motor tic disorder, and as one who suffers from Tourrette's, please don't put pressure on your child to stop his sniffing. It could cause him extreme emotional stress and make him feel like a failure or a weirdo. Trust me on this. This is what happened to me. I was constantly told to stop it. I was told I was nervous and had no self control. I thought that because I COULD. NOT. STOP. my tics, though I tried my little heart out, I must be a complete freak!
If I were you, I would wait and see. If he is still sniffing after 6 months ( of course, assuming you have ruled out other medical reasons), take him to a neurologist specializing in motion disorders. (NOT AN ORDINARY PEDIATRITIAN) The fact that you have relatives with repetitive oral sounds means there IS a possibility this is a hereditary tic. (NOT the same thing as a "habit"!) Of course it may not be, but it could be and you wouldn't want him to feel badly about himself.
Posted 16 November 2009 - 09:48 PM
It's very likely that it is not a tic, but just in case it is, I do agree with katemary. And I have allergies too so I'm all about the sniffling for that as well LOL.
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