Child-rearing is one of the most significant phases of a parent's life. Hearing the child utter his/her first words, watching the baby learn how to walk, write, sing, etc, can bring an immense joy to any parent!
The child becomes the center of attention for his/her parents, and the parents spend most of their time in making sure that their child is happy, healthy and safe.
Even the slightest of health problem in a child or even minor injuries can induce a lot of concern and anxiety in the parents.
So, the parents take utmost care of their children and make sure that their children are given medical attention, when there are warning signs of certain disorders.
There are various neurological disorders that can affect a child. For example, learning disabilities, behavioural disorders, psychological complications, etc.
Tourette syndrome is also one such serious neurological disorder that usually develops in children who are between the ages of 2 and 14.
Tourette syndrome is characterised by symptoms that include the involuntary muscular movement or twitches, also known as 'tics' and making of unwanted, repetitive noises.
Although Tourette syndrome cannot be cured, its symptoms can be controlled to help the child lead a better life.
Learn more about a few warning signs and symptoms of Tourette syndrome, here.
Uncontrollable repetitive movements of the muscles in certain parts of the body. For example, twitching of the lips, non-stop blinking of the eyes, shrugging of the shoulders, etc.
Experiencing difficulty in bodily movements such as walking, running, sitting up straight, etc.
Repetitively blurting out offensive words in public, not being able to stop them even when asked to do so. Also, repetition of meaningless words.
Aggressive behaviour and anger outbursts that are sometimes hard to control, even by the care-givers or parents. Yelling and crying loudly, throwing things, self-harming, etc, can also be the signs of Tourette syndrome.
Constant mood swings, which may vary from being extremely depressed to being unnaturally excited, without any apparent reason.
Extreme anxiety, which is mostly unexplained. Anxiety may prevent the child from going to school or mingling with peers, leading to social withdrawal.
Certain symptoms of OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) and ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder) may also be seen in kids with Tourette syndrome.