Transient childhood tics are not treated. Calling the child’s attention to a tic may make it worse or cause it to continue. A non-stressful environment can reduce the frequency of tics, and help them go away more quickly.
If tics are disabling, medications such as risperdal (Risperidone) may help control them.
Simple childhood tics should go away on their own over a period of months. Chronic tics may continue for a longer period of time.
In most cases, there are no complications.
Calling Your Health Care Provider
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if tics:
- Affect many muscle groups
- Are persistent
- Are severe
Review Date : 2/13/2008
Reviewed By : Luc Jasmin, MD, PhD, Departments of Anatomy & Neurological Surgery, University of California, San Francisco, CA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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