Motor Tics

This guidance is for GPs who have seen a child with new or troubling motor tics.  A motor tic is defined as ‘fast, repetitive muscle movements that result in sudden and difficult to control body jolts or sounds’.  They are very common in children from the age of 5 years and above and it is estimated that 20% of children experience motor tics at some point. The majority of these subside without the need for any intervention. Tics of less than a year duration are termed ‘transient tic disorder’.

Vocal tics may also occur and are frequently termed ‘Tourettes’ syndrome.

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