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Why the child blinked his eyes and often squinted: causes and treatment


Blinking is a natural process. closing and opening of the eyelids, which serves certain purposes.

In the process of blinking tear film recovers, and from a surface of a conjunctiva pollution and small foreign particles are eliminated.

But such a phenomenon can be called normal when it occurs with a certain frequency, if this process happens too often or a person blinks with one eye - there are certain violations.

Ophthalmic causes

If it is a matter of violation of the functions of the organs of vision, the violation can be observed for the following reasons:

  1. Drying the cornea.
    This is possible in cases of long hanging out in front of the TV screen or at the computer.
    It is interesting that in such cases there is a slowing down of winks (due to which the lacrimal membrane dries out).
    But at the end of the session, the baby instead of a single blink in 7 seconds begins to perform this movement many times more often.
    Thus, the body is trying to restore the damaged tear layer.
  2. Decreased visual acuity.
    In this case, the projection of the image on the retina is projected not on the retina, but behind it or in front of it.
    This leads to eye fatigue, and accelerated blinking is a way of relaxation for the eyes.
  3. A foreign object has entered the eye.
    If even a small speck gets on the mucous membrane or cornea - the baby will blink reflexively, as the body will try to get rid of the foreign body.
    Perhaps this is the only case where we are not talking about violations and disorders of the functions of sight.

Neurological causes

Much worse when the malaise is caused by causes of a neurological nature, since this type of disorder is worse to treat:

  1. Any stressful situations.
    It is obvious that children are harder to endure stress and nervous shocks.
    And at this age, a change of team, a quarrel or a strong fright can lead to nervous disorders, manifested in the reduction of overly sensitive eyelid muscles.
    This condition is also known as nervous tic.
  2. Eye injuries and heads.
    In this case, the nerves responsible for the contraction of the eye muscles can be injured and damaged.
  3. Reaction to certain drugs.
    Nervous system disorders are one of the side effects of various drugs, so when treating children it is always necessary to carefully study the instructions for use.

The main symptom of pathological frequent blinking is frequency of such reductions, which is nowhere does not disappear for weeks and months.

Considering that this malaise for ophthalmologic reasons is almost always easier to eliminate than blinking against the background of neurological prerequisites, they must be distinguished for timely action.

If a violationsforcing the baby to blink have an ophthalmologic character - only the eye muscles will twitch.

If it is nervous breakdown - twitching of the muscles of the face or even of the arms and legs. In a normal state and without problems in the field of neurology, a person synchronously blinks with both eyes.

If only one eye blinks and blinks often, this indicates problems with the nerve canals of the eye or abnormalities in the corresponding parts of the brain.

Treatment methods

In cases where this object is large enough and the organs of vision are not able to wash it with tear fluid - possible access to a doctor.

In order to calm the irritated surface of the eye in such cases, you can use chamomile or calendula-based lotions.

In other cases, treatment depends on the cause of the increased closure of the eyelids.

When drying the cornea necessary for a certain time use moisturizers drops, but in this case, it is not the symptomatic treatment that is important, but the elimination of the cause.

Therefore, children should watch television or be in front of the computer for a limited time.

Neurological origin such a violation is first necessary provide the child with a calm and friendly atmosphere at home.

And for this it is necessary to exclude any quarrels and discussion of serious problems in the family circle and generally avoid situations that seem completely natural to adults and may be stressful for the child.

Prevention of frequent blinking in children

There is no special treatment and prophylaxis for frequent blinking in children in medicine, but some recommendations of a recommendatory nature should be taken into account in order to avoid the development of such pathology in a child.

First of all, all mental work that kids do (study, classes in circles) must be able to do it.

Overloading in this case can turn into stress, and if the child does not have enough time for rest, recovery and entertainment, the effect of such nervous shocks will only increase.

In childhood by parents it is important monitor the children's stay at the computer and other gadgets.

Since mainly eye strain and violation of the protective tear film during leisure activities are thus the most common cause of frequent blinking.

Due to the lack of certain trace elements (especially magnesium), the nervous system may become unstable or impaired, which leads to involuntary blinks.

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Do not underestimate this problem.

Once having noticed that the child blinks more often than people usually do, you must first find out the reason for such actions, ask them yourself, and then show them to the specialists if necessary.

The longer it’s left unattended, the more likely it is to become a permanent pathology.which will be harder to get rid of over time.

Causes of frequent blinking in children

If you notice that a child often blinks, squints, squeezes, claps with one or both eyes, you should think about the state of his health. The reasons for the unconscious strong and frequent blinking are rooted not only in the dysfunction of the organs of vision, but also in the incorrect functioning of the nervous system. An instantaneous factor, not associated with pathology, can have an impact. Prolonged blinking is caused by:

  1. a foreign object caught on the mucous membrane (the child has been slamming hard for centuries to get rid of the mote),
  2. fatigue
  3. mental overload
  4. fall of sight
  5. inflammatory processes in the eye;
  6. nervous tick (eyelid involuntarily twitches)
  7. allergic reactions
  8. a recent viral illness.

If you are unable to determine for yourself which of the factors led to the disease, visit your pediatrician. The doctor will determine the condition or refer you to narrow specialists - a neurologist or an ophthalmologist. To cure the disease is possible only by acting on its immediate cause. Self-symptomatic treatment is often useless and sometimes even a waste of time and money.

Eye diseases

Frequent blinking provoke some eye diseases:

  • Dry eyes are common in children. The patient complains of itching and discomfort in the eyes. The reasons lie in the wrong way of life. The child overloads his eyes by watching TV or long eye contact with the monitor. Impact may and excessive dryness of the room - this means that you should think about humidifying the air.
  • Visual impairment. The age of high technology development has affected our vision. Children from an early age spoil the eyes with gadgets, so one hundred percent vision is a rarity. Perhaps this problem has affected your child. In the initial stages, he unconsciously blinks his eyes, blinks, blinks and squints, trying to improve the “image quality”.
  • Mechanical damage to the eye. For noisy games minor damage can not be noticed. The problem is exacerbated when the baby rubs the injured eye with dirty hands - this can lead to infectious pathologies.
  • Inflammation of the mucous membrane of the eye - conjunctivitis. The child notices a slight swelling. This swelling interferes, and the kid does not abandon attempts to get rid of it with the help of frequent blinking.
The cause of frequent blinking can be any disease, such as allergic conjunctivitis.

This list represents the most common diseases, but it is not exhaustive. The causes may lie in other physiological processes. Frequent movement of the muscles of the eye can be a side effect of medications or a consequence of traumatic brain injury. Do not forget about the hereditary factor. Be that as it may, do not neglect to contact a specialist.

Psychological problems

Psychosomatics is the cause of many diseases. Frequent blinking is often caused by an emotional imbalance, for example:

  • Prolonged emotional stress is not a one-time stress, but systematic excitement for any reason (positive or negative). Often this factor is associated with the school. Control, examinations, stormy school life lead to similar manifestations of neurosis (we recommend to read: how to treat neurosis of obsessive movements in children?).
  • Low level of social adaptation. The lack of positive experience of social contacts negatively affects the psyche of children.
  • Low self-esteem. Often such a psychological problem is the fault of the parents. Try to praise your child more often and let him understand how important he and his success are for you.
  • The difficult situation in the family. The house should be a place of rest. When a child feels a lot of negativity at home, it also causes a long nervous tic. In this case, it is worth talking to the child and calmly explaining the situation.

Children's tics associated with the psychological factor - a temporary phenomenon. Usually, children are subject to transition age. Look at your baby: if he not only squints his eyes, but also shows signs of depression and withdraws into himself, immediately show him to the specialists. Not impressionable child get rid of a nervous tic will change the vector of education: your love and support. In 3-4 weeks the pathology will disappear without a trace.

What if the child blinks frequently?

However, this does not mean that you need to sit with folded arms. Check out some of the recommendations that should be taken into account when treating a child, if he began to blink his eyes strongly and often:

  1. Do not overload the child. Try to reduce the daily load, and in the free time, praise him for how he copes with his responsibilities. Become your best friend for your baby. Quietly ask him about relationships with friends and teachers. Your task is to awaken in him the desire to share such things independently. So you show the child, several of his experiences are important for parents. This will help you in time to bring the situation under control.
  2. Do not be too strict. In the regime of constant repression, geniuses rarely grow up, more often real neurasthenics. Try to give an objective assessment of the relationship with the child, do not shout and do not criticize him without a good reason. In you, the baby should not see a stern parent, but support and support.
  3. Limit the contact of the child with the monitors (computer, TV) and reduce the level of brightness on the gadgets.
  4. Do not direct the child’s attention to the problem if he blinks frequently. The more often he will hear your discontent about this, the more unsuccessful will be all attempts to correct the pathology. With constant reminders, the child will worry, only exacerbating the nervous tic. Ask him to try not to blink so often, but after an unsuccessful attempt to cope with it yourself no longer return to such requests.
  5. Go to the neuropathologist if the condition lasts a long time, is combined with other nervous tics, or the child blinks much more often than before.
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Treatment (if necessary) is based on etiotropic therapy. This means that the struggle is not with the symptoms, but directly with the provoking factor. It will take some time to determine the causes. If the infection is excluded, then medical treatment is not required. It is enough to remove the foreign body from the mucous membrane of the eye or to adjust the psychological state of the little patient.

Adjust the regime of the child, review its diet. Products consumed during the day should contain all the necessary vitamins and minerals. Sleep should be complete (at least 10 hours a day). Take care of frequent walks in the fresh air. If you have the time and opportunities, then sign up with the child in the pool. Swimming from the first 6 lessons strengthens health and has a positive effect on the psychological state.

When is treatment necessary?

If the child is strangely clapping for centuries or squeezing his eyes, and there are no other symptoms, consult your local pediatrician. In case of acute illness, the help of an oculist or neuropathologist will be required. You need to visit them if the child blinks more often and this causes him significant discomfort. Soon other alarming symptoms are added - weakness, fatigue, redness of the eyes. In a running condition, seizures are possible, which cannot be allowed.

The oculist examines the eyes for the presence of an injury or foreign body on the cornea. It often happens that one eye is damaged, and both blink and itch. The physician must also determine if there are signs of paroxysmal manifestation. If blepharospasm and other pathological diseases are detected, there are risks of losing sight, therefore, treatment will be serious. When the condition does not cause concern, the doctor will prescribe aromatherapy or light sedation.

As a rule, with adequate therapy blinking completely disappears in a short time. Like any neurotic disorders, a nervous tic occurs with seasonal relapses during the year (autumn, spring). Remember: before you begin medication, try to create a healthy microclimate in the family. Try psychological methods such as self-training or breathing exercises.

The main reasons why a child blinks often?

Any mother who has noticed such violations in her baby tries to determine why the child blinks often and what causes such behavior. Some parents immediately lead the child to an oculist, taking this symptom as a sign of eye disease. Other fathers and mothers simply consider this a “bad habit” and “self-indulgence,” not paying enough attention to the existing problem. In fact, the causes of frequent blinking can be different, and in order to find out, you need to pay attention to the slightest manifestations that accompany the blinking of the eyes.

A child may blink with one or two eyes at once, movements are localized in the eye area, or combined with twitching eyebrows, contractions of the muscles of the shoulders or limbs, sudden movements of the head and mouth. Frequent blinking can be a temporary phenomenon, stopping after a certain period (usually such signs are observed from several days to 1 year).

Conscious and unconscious blinking

To effectively perform the function of cleansing, moisturizing and resting the eyes, blinking should occur at a frequency of 15 to 20 times per minute.

This indicator may vary depending on weather conditions (bright sunlight, dust storms, rain, etc.) and the psychological state of a person (stressful situations, anger, feelings, excessive tiredness and eye strain, etc.).

If a child in a calm state begins to clap frequently for centuries, to squint his eyes and move his head or mouth strangely, the mother needs to understand whether the child performs such movements on purpose or this unconscious blinking and jerking.

Kids aged 1-2 years often “conduct experiments,” mastering the work of the muscles of the face. In this way, they try to imitate their parents and change their facial expressions depending on their emotional state.

After a while, the new “game” annoys the child, and he stops repeating the “funny blinking.” If the mother of the baby understands that he performs all movements unconsciously, and the problem is not solved for a long time, you need to find the cause of this condition.
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The presence of a foreign body in the eye

When the eyes come in contact with dust, poplar fluff, specks or other foreign bodies get into them, pain symptoms, tearing and severe burning are observed. In this case, the child can often blink, squint eyes, thus trying to clear the mucous membrane. Conjunctiva is irritated and red.

To begin with, the mother of the child should carefully examine the eye and detect the mote that has fallen. You can remove it using a stick for the ears dipped in saline for washing the eyes or strong tea. After extraction of a foreign particle, the redness gradually disappears, and the baby stops blinking.

Allergic reaction

One of the signs of an allergy is frequent blinking of the eyes, but there are additional symptoms.The child begins to sneeze and cough, tears are constantly running, discharge from the nasal cavity appears.

Irritants in these cases are most often:

  • Dust, feathers of birds, down and wool of cats and dogs
  • Detergents and other chemicals
  • Medicines
  • Paints
  • Pollen plants
  • Ticks located in carpets, blankets and soft toys
  • Food and supplements contained in them

Mom does not need to worry in this case, because the frequent blinking in the child will stop as soon as the allergen is removed from the environment, or the baby begins to take antihistamines to relieve allergy symptoms.

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What is a nervous tic?

Statistics show that the most common cause of strange blinking in children is considered a nervous tic - uncontrolled movements of the eyelids and facial muscles. This condition speaks of disorders in the nervous system. There may be muscle contractions in the mouth, eyes and nose, head movements. The child may make sounds ("smacking" or "grunting").

A nervous tick sometimes goes away on its own and does not require treatment with medications, but a mother should always consult a neurologist and listen to advice for dealing with the ailment.

The main causes of nervous tic

This pathology is observed in children due to many reasons:

  • Hereditary factors and hyperactivity baby
  • Hypotension and dysfunction of the gallbladder
  • Infectious diseases that have passed with complications
  • Poisoning or lack of vitamins and minerals
  • Stressful situations, mental exertion and heavy physical exertion
  • Strong fright child bullying by peers in school
  • Not enough attention to mom and dad, or hypertext
  • Changing the usual for the baby environment (moving to another country, transfer to another school, etc.) and tensions of parents in the family
  • Child's phobias (fear of spiders, darkness, height, etc.)

Blinking as a result of training loads

Severe fatigue of the child and excessive mental activity often lead to the occurrence of frequent blinking. Some scientists believe that the brain is trying to get a little rest and the opportunity to direct attention to the solution of another problem.

Mom should keep a diary and record the situations in which the child has symptoms. Later, these notes will help the doctor to draw the necessary conclusions and give advice to eliminate the symptoms.

How to cure a nervous tick

Treatment is usually carried out without the use of medication and may be limited to such measures as:

  • Relaxing massage combined with aromatherapy
  • Bathing with soothing herbal extracts
  • Reflexology course
  • Gymnastics and exercise in the fresh air
  • Psychological assistance to the child

Sometimes the doctor may advise treatment with antidepressants, but mainly therapy should provide a calm environment for the baby in which he will feel comfortable.

What to do and who to contact if the child blinks often

Mom must first exclude ophthalmic diseases, so the child must be taken to an ophthalmologist. If the frequent flashing is caused by other reasons, it will be important to consult a neurologist and a child psychologist. You may need to be examined by an endocrinologist.

In any case, parents should not ignore such symptoms for a long time, because serious diseases can hide behind them, and any delay in this case will pose a threat to the health and life of the baby.

Preventive measures to prevent frequent blinking

Preventive measures to prevent the development of the disease include the following recommendations of doctors:

  • Protect your child from stress and excessive loads
  • Take care of good nutrition of the baby, ensure compliance with the drinking regimen.
  • Provide your baby with good sleep and necessary rest.
  • Create a relaxed atmosphere in the family, let your child feel that you love him very much and are interested in his problems.
  • Try to ensure your baby chat with friends, buy a pet.

Opinion of Dr. Komarovsky

Many mothers trust the advice of Dr. Komarovsky, so you need to remember what the doctor says about emotional arousal and nervous overstrain, leading to frequent blinking. In difficult situations, impressionable children can not always control their emotions, they are acutely experiencing hostile peer relations or problems in the family.

That is why parents should take care of a calm environment for the baby, limit his communication with aggressive children and be close when necessary.


We talked about why the child often blinks, what are the causes of such movements and how to deal with them. Mom should remember that one should not ignore the changed behavior of her son or daughter, you need to find out the causes of this phenomenon, get advice from a doctor and follow his recommendations.

Attention from mom and dad will help get rid of the frequent blinking, restore good psychological state and health of the child.

Possible reasons

On their own, parents are unlikely to be able to determine why a child often blinks: the pathologies that lead to such consequences are serious enough and require examination, diagnosis and prescription of appropriate treatment from a narrow specialist.

The causes of this phenomenon will help identify the ophthalmologist and neuropathologist. After the diagnosis has been clarified, they will tell the parents in detail what to do if the child often blinks his eyes: after the course of treatment of the underlying disease, the defect will disappear. Self-medication is excluded here.

Treatment methods

Many parents, if their child began to blink his eyes often, believe that the whole thing is in computers and TV, and they are in a hurry to protect the baby from them. But this is only the tip of the iceberg of all the causes of this phenomenon. And such measures, alas, are not enough to save the little one from this trouble. Only a doctor after a thorough examination can prescribe competent treatment and tell in detail what to do and how to help your child in such a situation.

  1. When drying the cornea, moisturizing drops are prescribed, parents are advised to reduce the time allotted for watching TV and playing computer games.
  2. When ingested, the foreign body is removed, anti-inflammatory and disinfecting compresses are prescribed from chamomile or calendula decoction.
  3. If the nature of the phenomenon is neurological, the doctor will advise parents to try to create a comfortable home environment. You cannot discuss your problems with children, sort things out, speak ill of people who are dear to a child. His psyche is unstable, and the result of experiences because of all this can be frequent, abnormal blinking.
  4. It will be necessary to adhere to a healthy lifestyle: provide the child with moderate exercise, healthy rest, proper nutrition, love and attention from parents.
  5. Physiotherapy, massage, special gymnastics, reflexology, baths with soothing medicinal plants can also be prescribed.

If you notice that your child blinks his eyes very often, it is impossible to leave it unattended, on purpose. Treatment of this defect with folk remedies is not only ineffective, but also can harm the baby’s weak cornea. In this case, the therapy of the underlying disease is required. After the final recovery and unwanted frequent blinking will disappear by itself.

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Our eyes produce regular blinks, because it is necessary for their normal functioning. The movements of the eyelids provide hydration of the mucous membrane of the eyes (only under this condition, the eyes feel “comfortable”) and at the same time clean their surface from fine dust and dust.

Such blinks are physiological, and normally they are almost imperceptible to anyone: neither blinking, nor looking at him. If the blinking of the eyes becomes so frequent and strong that it is noticed by others or is felt by the person himself, then such a phenomenon can already be considered as a kind of violation. So, if you notice that your child often blinks, and you, of course, are interested in what it is, you will need to find the cause.

Frequent blinking in children: causes

Frequent blinking of the eyes in children may have not only different causes, but also different manifestations. It may appear localized, alone or in combination with twitching of other muscle groups (eyebrows, cheeks, shoulders, limbs, etc.). A child may often blink constantly or occasionally: episodes appear and disappear. Blinking of the eyes may be temporary, passing (in this case it does not last more than a year and does not require any treatment) or it may turn into a chronic form (if it is observed for more than 12 months). In addition, it often happens that a child often blinks with only one eye.

All the features, signs, manifestations that accompany the frequent blinking of the eyes of a child matter. They help not only to identify the cause of the violation, but also to determine the correct method for its elimination. However, these factors are directly dependent on each other.

A child blinks his eyes very often: what is it?

Having noticed that your child began to blink frequently, ask him if he feels any discomfort in the eye or in both. Itching, burning, pain, sensitivity to light - this will help you in finding the cause. If it turns out that the child doesn’t feel anything like that and didn’t even notice that he blinks often, then no longer focus attention on this problem and do not discuss it with the child (neither with relatives, nor with the doctor if you have to go to him often) .

Most likely, attentive parents will be able to determine why the child blinks often. If difficulties arise with this, then you will have to show the child to the doctor, depending on your concerns and suspicions, to the oculist or neuropathologist to begin with. But the reasons for frequent blinking is not always so serious.

A speck in the eye of a child

If a foreign body gets into the eye, it will blink hard, trying to get rid of excess. And both eyes will blink, even if the discomfort is felt only in one of them.

The slightest microparticle of dust can cause such a reaction: the movement of the eyelids pushes the foreign body to the corner of the eye, from where it comes along with the tear. In the eye can get not only litter, front sight or particles visible to you. If a child tumbled on a carpet or bed, pulled out a rug or folded clothes, for example, then it could be a speck of dust or a thin nap that will not be visible when you try to look at them. So remember that preceded the frequent blinking.

Blinking for this reason stops shortly after the eye clears itself from particles that have fallen into it. But sometimes you have to seek help from a doctor. You need to go to the optometrist if the child feels sting or pain in the eye, there is intense tearing, the eye is red or the eyesight is deteriorated. Do not rub the eye intensively if blinking does not help to eliminate discomfort. The ophthalmologist will remove the particle adhering to the eye shell and, perhaps, advise you to use the drops to calm the mucous membrane.

Fatigue, overstrain in children

The nervous system of any person requires recovery. And if not, then a variety of malfunctions occur in the body. One of the manifestations of fatigue - both physical and emotional-mental - is the frequent blinking of the eyes in children and adults. This can be preceded by heavy loads at school, on additional sections, long and frequent TV viewing and sessions at a computer / tablet / phone, due to which the eyes are very overstrained, emotional turmoil, seasonal exacerbations of depressions and so on. Observe your child: perhaps there is a 2-day washout to arrange a weekend of any activity, giving him the opportunity to sleep, relax and rest. But at the same time to include in the leisure walks in the fresh air and pleasant impressions, excluding any work of the eyes with monitors.

If your child likes to read, then make sure that his eyes do not get tired of his hobbies. Pay attention to the lighting while reading (whether the light is falling correctly, in sufficient quantity, etc.), the distance between the eyes and the book, the reader's posture (for example, reading, lying down, hurts the eyes more and leads to their fatigue more quickly) . Even the color of the printed pages and the type of display in the e-book matter.

Visual impairment in a child

Increased loads on the eyes of a child can lead not only to frequent blinking of the eyes, but also to a deterioration in vision. So, if you notice that the child often blinks his eyes and squints heavily or even closes his eyes (when he is watching TV or reading a book), then it’s necessary to show him to an oculist immediately.

Dry Eye Syndrome in a Child

Increased load on the eyes, fatigue, lack of sleep, as well as dry air in the room and the lack of certain substances in the body can lead to the development of the so-called dry eye syndrome. It is accompanied by frequent blinking due to sensation of discomfort in the eye or both eyes. There is a feeling that sand has been poured into the eyes, a sensation of pain, pain, itching, or burning.

To help identify this syndrome is able to oculist. But now you can moisten the air in the room and reduce computer and television sessions. Perhaps the doctor will advise giving the child vitamins for the eyes - first of all, these are vitamins A, C, B2.

Conjunctivitis in a child

Discomfort in the eye, which forces the child to blink frequently, may indicate the onset of conjunctivitis, even if there are no visible signs of inflammation of the eye shell. Suspicions of parents on conjunctivitis increase, if the eye is red or swollen, the child begins to scratch it or complain of pain in the eye.

In this case, you need to consult a doctor to confirm the diagnosis and assign an effective treatment.

Blinking of the eyes in children can also be observed after suffering conjunctivitis as a residual phenomenon.

Other diseases in children

Sometimes children begin to blink their eyes and on the background or as a result of the transfer of other ailments, including catarrhal-viral. But such a symptom can also manifest violations in the endocrine and even cardiac system of the child. If other probable causes of blinking of the eyes were excluded, then perhaps it makes sense to consult an endocrinologist.

Taking certain medicines during the treatment of an illness, a head injury or an eye injury can also cause a frequent blink in a child. There is also an opinion that this manifestation can be observed in children during infection with worms.

Nervous tic in children

In spite of the fact that there are many reasons for frequent blinking of the eyes, most often, perhaps, it is a manifestation of a nervous tic. And parents tend to blame themselves for this: they shouted at the child, punished him, forbade him something, refused him something. The share of parental guilt in the development of nervous tics in children is indeed often present. But this does not mean that only they are to blame.

Nervous tics are very often formed in children, and especially in age crisis periods between 3-4 and 11-12 years. They have a large variety of manifestations and are divided into motor (as a rule, contraction of certain muscle groups or repetitive movements) and sound (sobs, screams, sighs, coughing, etc.).

Nervous tics occur involuntarily, not controlled by the mind and will of the child. And very often they “migrate”: one type of tick is replaced by another, for example, the child stopped blinking his eyes and began to cough. And in this tiki are very similar to intrusive movements. Syndrome of obsessive movements may also manifest as blinking of the eyes, but it has a different nature and causes of appearance, although with prolonged manifestation it also requires the participation of specialists. Manifestations of nervous tics and obsessive movements are very often similar and even almost the same, for example, in both cases, it occurs, the child blinks and jerks his head.

Motor nervous tics are expressed in involuntary muscle contraction. If this is only one muscle group, then most likely the tick is temporary transient. Often, tics in children over time pass independently and require only a small correction. If the nervous tick is generalized (that is, there is a simultaneous contraction of the muscles of different groups - blinking of the eyes and trembling of the extremities, twitching of the cheeks and jumping from the spot, often the child blinks and opens his mouth), the treatment must begin immediately!

Nervous tics are most susceptible to children with the syndrome of hyperactivity and attention deficit, very restless, lively, mobile. But in general, tics have a large variety of different causes, the most frequent among which are mental, emotional and physical overstrain.

Specialists separately distinguish the “nervous tic of the first of September” from children, associated with the start of their studies or visiting a kindergarten.

А еще среди детей и взрослых распространен такой вид нервного тика, когда при усиленной попытке что-нибудь вспомнить их глаза начинают часто моргать. Ученые не могут найти точного объяснения этому феномену, но полагают, что оно кроется в нервном напряжении, которое испытывается в такой момент. Also, frequent blinking occurs in moments of very strong emotional experiences: in moments of anger, fright and fear, surprise, indignation, etc. Observe: perhaps your child often blinks his eyes when he is nervous and worried? In this case, you should work on his self-esteem and self-confidence: it is very likely that you (or the teacher, if this is observed in school) are too strict with him, too demanding or unfair.

What to do if a child blinks heavily with his eyes: treatment

Frequent blinking of the eyes in children does not always require treatment. Even if it is an expression of a nervous tic, it is able to pass on its own. But some recommendations parents, nevertheless, should take into account:

  1. Do not overload the child with a large number of additional classes. Dita should have time to rest and recover.
  2. Be interested in the affairs of the child at school, in relationships with friends, in his personal life. Children's excitements and experiences are often the causes of the formation of nervous tics and other neurotic disorders.
  3. Assess as objectively as possible whether you are too strict with your child. Perhaps, you pull him down and criticize for no reason, shout at him a lot or just forbid. It is important to learn to keep the balance in the educational process and provide the child with a sense of calm, security and comfort, at least in the family.
  4. Dispense the child’s stay in front of the monitors (computer, phone, tablet, TV).
  5. Do not focus the child on the problem. You can ask him to try to control the blink rate, but if you are unsuccessful in trying to cope with it yourself, do not return to it anymore: the doctors noticed that this only aggravates the problem.
  6. Do not hesitate to contact a neurologist if the child’s frequent blinking of the eyes lasts a long time or is combined with other nervous tics, or if the child blinks much more often than before.

In general, treatment, if the need arises in it, will largely depend on the cause of the frequent blinking, and it is up to her search that all efforts should be directed. It is very likely that by eliminating the source of irritation of the children's nervous system or the mucous membrane of the eye, blinking can be eliminated without any kind of treatment.

But to vitaminize and balance the children's diet (paying special attention to foods containing magnesium), to reconsider the regime of the day of the child, to provide him a good night's sleep and positive emotions will not interfere in any case. Watch the temperature and humidity of the air in the rooms (it should not dry out), and if there is such an opportunity, visit the pool with your child (or arrange a relaxing bath at home) and a massage therapist - this perfectly relieves tension from the entire body.

Additional recommendations will be given by a doctor. It is possible that medical treatment will be required, but it is necessary to make sure that it is necessary. Once again, very often the problem can be solved without medication.