Hi, My son is 7.5 year old and is in 2nd grade. When he was 3.5 years old he suddenly started having facial tics. At first we we panicked as we had no clue what was going on. we went to a neurologist and learned a little about it and that it doesnt have a cure. From then on just as the neurologist said, the tics have been coming and going. in the past 4 years my son had atleast 25 different types of tics (some vocal) within the face, shoulders, neck, hands, clothes. we keep going back to the neurologist when the condition seems severe but always come back with the same outcome. he says that he may outgrow them. if the tics are so bad and if we want then he can prescribe medicines but to supress them but they have side effect that will make him tired and drowsy etc. me and my husband are not eager to start medication for him. yes the tics are bad, he has multiple tics and they occur between 10-80 times a minute, but he is atleast going through his daily routine. we just didnt want to start medicines. He is otherwise an average kid. He is active, is friendly with other kids. he does realise that he is doing it, when other are not. I explained it to him kind of like how allergies bother soe kids, it the same with him. And if someone asks him about it, just tell that i have allergies. So far he does not seem to care that much about them. He was born healthy, 9 lbs, he is not 52lbs (25% in wt) ( 50 % in ht). He is above average in school. But not involved much in sports. Looking up on the internet , it seems that tics and tourettes are common. But I have not met another kid that does this. Atleast i did not notice. just wanted to reach out if any one here knows here and what works or any advice will greatly help. i feel helpless and it rips my heart when he sometimes says his face/ eyes hurts badly at the end of the day. I have a few other concerns about him. He needs to have someone by his side at all times. He is scared of something. even during the day time. he cannot stay in a room all by himself. Even in the same room he canot go more than 6 feet away from me. It is turning into a big problem for me. I give him homework on the breakfast table and work in the kitchen, he swiftly gets up and comes with me. I have a 3 yr old son as well. my older takes him for company if he has to use bath room etc.. sometimes he stays by himself in a closet, or pantry or such small enclosed places. but somehow he cannot in bigger rooms. He goes out side by himself though, he feels safe outside. my younger one is the total opposite, he walks into a dark room with no lights and gets what he wants. I asked my older one what is he scared of? he says what if the power goes off and such answers. I just felt i should talk to someone. sorry for the going on and on. Thanks a lot for reading, anyone kindly advise.. --very worried mom.