My 9yr old draught has been displaying ticks for the last 6 months. I'm wondering at what point do I take her to a doctor and what should I expect from them?
For the last few years she's had weird little habits where she'll constantly clear her throat or gulp or similar, that she doesn't really seem aware of but typically only last 5-6 weeks before easing off.
6 months ago, the gulping started again but this time if was accompanied with nodding and "um-hm". At first I thought she was agreeing with me/TV/book etc but I quickly realised it wasn't.
The gulping stopped after 6weeks but the nodding continued.
Fast forward 6m, the nodding continues but is now often accompanied with a hand under her chin/on her throat, "um-hm" and deep throat gulps (almost sounds like she's gagging). These intensify if she's tired or stressed but generally happen every few minutes from when she wakes up to once she's asleep.
I try not to mention it to her much as she gets very self conscious. She's told me that the kids at school are starting to mention it and has also complained that the nodding is giving her headaches.
I've put off seeking medical advice as didn't really think they could do much about it but now that she's getting upset by it and now that it's starting to hurt her, Im wondering if it's time?
Any advice as to what we can expect would be appreciated so I can set her mind at ease as it's probably going to be a few weeks before I we manage to get an appointment!!!