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My 10 yr old son started blinking quite frequently lately, he does not know why, sometimes does not know he is doing it.
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replied January 21st, 2008
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It seems more behavioral than related to vision, according to my research. Tics, or rapid muscle movements, are quite common in children. They are normally not aware of it. Genetics and neurochemical differences are thought to be the most likely causes of repeated eye blinking.. Tics can be made worse with emotional tension. Children who have tics are usually normal, bright, and sensitive. Here are some more resources for you:

http://www.kidsgrowth.net/resources/advice detail.cfm?id=1987
http://www.journals.elsevierhealth.com/per iodicals/ympa/article/PIIS1091853103003185 /abstract
http://pedsinreview.aappublications.org/cg i/content/extract/24/2/39
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replied May 18th, 2008
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My 9-year-old does the same thing, but we're wanting to see if it could be related to the Focalin he takes for what's been diagnosed as ADHD, although he may be bipolar.

We had his eyes checked, used eye drops, and he still does it. Hopefully, it's just his meds, but I've heard that it's more behavioral than related to vision, also.
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replied October 22nd, 2012
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This is an anxiety behavior. Please, for the sake of children, do not give them medication. Their brains are still developing. Find a really good therapist who can help you to change the way you respond to your child to help them adapt to the world around them.
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replied May 11th, 2013
My 9 year old son suddenly developed excessive eye blinking virtually overnight. He was finally diagnosed with a Vitamin D deficiency. There were many speculations eg. onset of Tourettes, allergies, reaction to antibiotics, stress etc. I couldn't believe one of the symptoms of a Vitamin D deficiency is Tetany (uncontrolled muscle movements). My son requires approx. 3000 units per day for a short period of time (approx. 3 months)and a lower daily amount after that.
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replied September 10th, 2008
My son did this for a while too. Its was anxiety/worry - he grew out of it. Dont worry too much, these things can also become a kind of habit in kids sometimes. Is there anything on his mind at the moment?
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replied December 14th, 2008
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Im so worried my 7 yr old just started blinking alot too...and also dosnt realize he is doing it. Of course I jumped online and started researching, but will take him the the dr this week....
good luck everyone!
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replied February 9th, 2009
Excessive blinking
I used to do that when I was about 11. I never knew why, and mostly didn't notice I was doing it until someone else pointed it out to me.

As I wasn't really aware of it most of the time, I'm not sure how long it lasted - but it was probably about a year or so.

Since I'm now 36 and can still see, I guess it wasn't related to anything serious.
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replied March 1st, 2009
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My Healing Experience From The Like-Eye-blinking Sickness
My Healing Experience From The Like-Eye-blinking Sickness




From what you have mentioned about the serious conditions of your eye-blinking sickness, I would very much want to tell you that I have suffered from the similar symptoms (eye-blinking of countless times in a split second - I have suffered from it for about one year and then I finally get it totally cured through acupuncture therapy a few years back having sought other numerous but futile treatments from the other medical specialists / personnel) due to the neurological muscle spasms side effects of dopamine-disturbing medications of certain antipsychotics meant for the treatment of certain mental disorders.



Hence, I would like to share with you my healing experience from such an annoying sickness and I hope that you will somehow draw some useful reference from the information given.



In this regard, out of the articles giving details about my healing experience from such a chronic eye-blinking sickness, please look for the one entitled ' A New Version For The Self-administered Acupuncture Cure For Non-stop Persistent Eyelid-twitching' from the weblink :


http://ehealthforum.com/health/topic121270 _20.html

of this website.



Lastly, I hope that you will in turn get benefited from the information provided. Thank you.
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replied May 10th, 2009
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my 6.5 yr old boy has started this excessive blinking in the past 2 months.. he says his eyes feel funny and dosnt know why. as his mother it is extremely worrying and frustrating to watch and accept. so im off to the eye dr just to make sure his vision is okay- then i will be looking for more information..
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replied June 6th, 2009
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My husband had a blinking problem for years when he was a child. He was miserable and the other kids at school made fun of him and called him blinky. Every doctor his mother took him to said it was behavioral or anxiety but nothing worked. Finally he went to a neurologist who diagnosed him with a mild terets syndrome (I'm not sure if I spelled that correctly). Once he was put on medication for the terets the blinking stopped and he was able to stop taking the medication after about a year. He has never had a problem since.
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replied January 31st, 2011
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i am 12 (almost 13) and just relized it. i thought everybody blinked like 2 times a second. then, some kid told me, "u need to get something for ur eye twitchiness freak!" (i don't like him anyway)
then, i looked it up and found out that kids get it alot. my eye drops helped a little though. THANK YOU!!! random strangers!! Smile
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replied September 22nd, 2011
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My 3 year old is just starting to have excessive blinking. I am wondering if it has something to do with his speech disorder. Hearing other comments about it being neurological, I am beginning to think that its 100% the problem for my son., He has speech aprexia (If I spelled that right). Its all neuro for him with his speech disorder. He has seen his pedestrian and I was told that it is probably from being nervous or frustration. I feel mainly frustration for him since it is hard for him to communicate to us. We are just keeping a close eye on him and seeing if anything changes. I know its worst time for the blinking is just before bedtime.
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replied December 15th, 2011
Excessive Blinking
same problem with my son. Unfortunately a few people have not followed up with any results of seeking out help.....with the school holidays around the corner im going to look into what the hell is going on. I will post any updates here....if anyone wants to email me to discuss, share, etc:
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replied December 24th, 2011
Excessive Blinking
Waiting to hear what you heard from your doctor. My Grandson started doing it as well. It is so worrisome. He is 4 and started school in September and just in the last month he started but it has gotten worse. We are taking him to Doctor also. Will share with you what we hear so we can compare notes.
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replied December 15th, 2011
same problem with my son. Unfortunately a few people have not followed up with any results of seeking out help.....with the school holidays around the corner im going to look into what the hell is going on. I will post any updates here....
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replied December 25th, 2011
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Goldie_001 wrote:
Waiting to hear what you heard from your doctor. My Grandson started doing it as well. It is so worrisome. He is 4 and started school in September and just in the last month he started but it has gotten worse. We are taking him to Doctor also. Will share with you what we hear so we can compare notes.
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we are booked in to see the doctor. Interestingly he has has episodes were he will blink excessively for about 20 seconds then he is fine. Still regardless i will be taking him. He is conscious of it and i sometimes spot him holding his eye lid to try to stop...anyway will let you know. I am mindful though to not make a big deal out of it and mention it to him as it cant be helpful...
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replied February 2nd, 2012
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my son is almost 9 and came home the other day from school and said; "Dad, I cant stop blinking!" Now I watch him and have noticed that he does it every couple of seconds. The blinks are rapid, consecutive blinks. I have scheduled a doctor appointment as well. I hope it passes and is nothing serious. Let me know what you find out please...thanks!!!
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replied February 3rd, 2012
my son does it when he is sleepy ive noticed. His blinking during the day has not completely stopped, but very rare. I ended up cancelling my doctor appointment as i did not want to draw his attention to it.Im not sure what to do now.....what i thought of doing was to go into the doctors office first, have him wait outside, brief the dr then have him come in for observation.....of course whats the bet that if i do this he will not blink at all lol. ill see what the wifey says about this tactic.
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replied February 21st, 2012
Son Blinking and Twitching
My son started blinking a few weeks ago and it wouldnt stop. It progressively got worse and then his right side of his face would twitch when he blinked. I did some research and decided this was something he would out grow as others his age had experienced the same thing.

The blinking and twitching got worse and we made a doctors appointment. The only solution they gave us was to put him on medication. Now my son had been completely healthy up to this point and I just couldn't understand why this suddenly became an issue.

I did some more research and saw that several people linked allergies to similar situations. My husband and I emptied his room, painted the walls and most importantly removed the carpet from his room. The padding under the carpet was discolored and gross.

Exactly one week after we removed the carpet and put in hardwood flooring my sons blinking and twitching completely stopped.

Please consider an allergic reaction Before putting your child on medications!

I hope this helps others.
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replied February 21st, 2012
My son started blinking a few weeks ago and it wouldnt stop. It progressively got worse and then his right side of his face would twitch when he blinked. I did some research and decided this was something he would out grow as others his age had experienced the same thing.

The blinking and twitching got worse and we made a doctors appointment. The only solution they gave us was to put him on medication. Now my son had been completely healthy up to this point and I just couldn't understand why this suddenly became an issue.

I did some more research and saw that several people linked allergies to similar situations. My husband and I emptied his room, painted the walls and most importantly removed the carpet from his room. The padding under the carpet was discolored and gross.

Exactly one week after we removed the carpet and put in hardwood flooring my sons blinking and twitching completely stopped.

Please consider an allergic reaction Before putting your child on medications!

I hope this helps others.
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replied July 3rd, 2012
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Yes, my 12 year has developed this very same habit since he got so badly bullied throughout most of this past school year. The hockey associations so called coach joined in on the bullying of my son, so anxiety/worry totally fits his situation. He is actually getting three wrinkles on the bridge of his nose he has been doing it so much! I will take the advice and ignore it from now one and hope for the best.
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replied July 13th, 2012
well, just an update. It vanished since my last post....and has started again over the last few days! No idea. last two days it seems o be getting better. Strange.
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