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Should you be concerned about a child's tics?

2023-12-02T13:28:17.080Z

Highlights: One in five children develop transient tics, but only 1% become chronic. A small minority are found to be severe. Having tics doesn't stop the vast majority of children from leading a normal life. And it has nothing to do with intelligence, which is not impacted at all. But where do these funny gestures or compulsive mimicry come from? A tic is an involuntary movement... this article is for subscribers only. You have 81% left to discover. Want to read more?Unlock all items immediately.


One in five children develop transient tics, but only 1% become chronic and a small minority are found to be severe.


"He can't stop blinking", "He makes funny faces all the time", "He clears his throat", sniffs, coughs, repeats his words (palilalia) or those of others (echolalia)... Nothing is more common than tics, especially in childhood and adolescence. "Parents are worried about it because of the caricatured representations that we find on social networks," says Dr. Andreas Hartmann, neurologist and head of the Reference Center for Tourette's syndrome at La Pitié-Salpêtrière (Paris). His team, like those of the 13 competence centres located in the rest of the country, sees worried families come and go. However, "severe forms are very rare," the doctor reassures. Having tics doesn't stop the vast majority of children from leading a normal life." And it has nothing to do with intelligence, which is not impacted at all.

But where do these funny gestures or compulsive mimicry come from? A tic is an involuntary movement...

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