I met and fell and love with a man with tics, lots and lots of tics.
He comes from a long, proud line of men with tics. I guess I should not
be surprised that my son seems to have developed a tic at the ripe old age of
A few weeks ago my son started coughing in a very deliberate way. He
stops what he's doing, puts his hand over his mouth and coughs twice in quick
succession. He does this at least twice a minute. I have watched
him closely to see if there is any pattern to his coughing. There
is. It definitely increases when he is nervous or frustrated and it
completely disappears when he is watching TV, sleeping, or concentrating very
hard on something.
My current dilemma is, what do I do about it? Do I ignore the
problem? I've tried jokingly asking him to stop coughing and he tells me
he can't. Do I take him to the doctor? I heard once that nicotine
helps curb the symptoms of Tourette's Syndrome. Should I buy my son a
pack of camels or some nicotine gum? I'm at a loss.
I think it is time to call in reinforcements in the form of my
husband. He did, after all, diagnose himself with Tourette's years ago
and stands by that diagnosis to this day. Surely he has some
insight. It is probably in my best interest to stop focusing on the
coughing and focus on the wonderful qualities that I love about my son.
He does, after all, have the good manners to cover his mouth when he coughs.