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What causes abnormal eye movements in a child?

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Posted on Mon, 21 Jul 2014
Question: i baby sit a 7 year old girl that when I ask her a question that she really has to think about she will sometimes move her eyes to the extreme right or left and her eyes move around counter clockwise in a circle.. them she will look at me and give me the answer..... this is very rare put I am going to tell her mother tomorrow about it......... I have been with this child after school and this summer and it has happened about three time....... your thought please
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Answered by Dr. Arun (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
its just a habit

Detailed Answer:
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Thanks for writing to health care magic.
From your description it looks like she is thinking and doing probably a mannerism which she could have learnt from school or friend.
Kids generally do these kind of mannerisms, which shouldn't be a concern, if they don't do it all the time. If she is doing it only when you question her, it is normal.
Keep telling her to avoid doing it , as this can cause eye strain. Instead you can tell her to do some harmless activity like swaying the body or finger tapping etc.
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Dr Arun
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Brief Answer: its just a habit Detailed Answer: Hi Thanks for writing to health care magic. From your description it looks like she is thinking and doing probably a mannerism which she could have learnt from school or friend. Kids generally do these kind of mannerisms, which shouldn't be a concern, if they don't do it all the time. If she is doing it only when you question her, it is normal. Keep telling her to avoid doing it , as this can cause eye strain. Instead you can tell her to do some harmless activity like swaying the body or finger tapping etc. Regards Dr Arun