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    Default 7 year old son making involuntary noises

    So my eldest son is 7, for the last week I have noticed a strange sound he's been making, at first I only noticed it when we ate together and though he was just enjoying the food.
    However tonight we sat down and watched a movie together and he's been doing it constantly and says he can't help it, I'm in another room right now and he's still doing it. It's like a hm hm hm hm noise in short little bursts, it's not overly loud, but I'm concerned! What on earth should I do or has anyone else's child done this??

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    Maybe he's getting a cold and his sinuses are all blocked.

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    Hi
    I don't have any personal experience with this, but maybe it's a vocal tic? From what I understand they can be transient ( lasting only a short while). Not sure of the reasons though.

    I can understand why you would be worried, but it may be quite harmless. Best of luck

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    Yep, sounds like a vocal tic to me. As I understand they can often start at around seven years of age. They can be transient (caused by stress/anxiety) or on-going. If it continues for a while you may want to take him to a GP who may refer you on to a specialist.

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    My 8 year old makes noises allllllllllllllllll the time. It's infuriating.
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    I stopped doing it when I turned 21... I still do it when I wash my face. It's something I don't even notice doing but DH always laughs at me.

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    My DH has vocal tics... And they are a absolutely out of control when he's stressed.. Lots of lip popping and throat clearing.

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    I've seen some posts from you recently - I think your partner is currently touring in the US? Maybe your son is picking up on some of the stress and missing your partner? I hope it's just 'one of those things' that goes away on its own.

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    Thanks ladies, I did originally think he was getting a cold but it's been a week and still no cold.
    He slept with me last night so I could keep an eye on him and it doesn't happen when he's sleeping.

    But I think many of you could be right, especially the last poster, he says every now and then how much he misses him, but I haven't noticed he was upset or anything, maybe he's holding it in.
    I might take him to the dr Monday and see what he thinks.
    Thanks so much ladies. I just googled vocal tics.
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    Maybe try talking to him about how he's feeling with your partner away, see if he'll open up a bit. Also maybe get you partner to chat to him over the phone or on Skype or something so he feels more connected - might help ease his stress a bit.

    Good luck, I'm sure the GP will be able to give you some useful advice.


 

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