Over the years, our nine year old son has gone through short stretches where he develops a nervous tic of sorts — frequent, rapid, and involuntary blinking. In general, this has come on out of nowhere, and then disappeared within a few weeks. However, it came back again this spring/summer and has been both more apparent and more persistent, having lasted for a couple of months now.
After having done a bit of background reading, it seems that the prevailing wisdom is that nervous tics of this sort are more common in boys than girls, and that they typically come and go of their own accord without needing any sort of treatment or intervention. Moreover, they’re often more apparent when kids are bored, stressed, or tired.
We know that stress is one potential trigger, as his last bout with “the blinkies” coincided with our interstate move last summer. It was also very noticeable back when he was about four and a half years old and we moved to a new house. That instance was exacerbated by the fact that our house was new construction, and we still had workmen coming in and out of the house to finish things up for awhile after we moved in — I can only imagine how his four year old brain perceived all the craziness.
While it often seems to be triggered by stress or anxiety, however, there have been other times (such as now) when it’s happened in the absence of any apparent external stressors. We’ve gone out of our way not to draw attention to it, and have been proceeding under the assumption that his blinking will go away on its own as it always has in the past. However, it’s definitely been weighing more heavily on our mind as the initial weeks have stretched into months.
Anyone have any experience with things like this or any thoughts to share?