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Posted on Sat, 17 Dec 2016 in Child Health
Question: My grand daughter is 6 years old and in the past week I have noticed she frowns involuntarily
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Answered by Dr. Sumanth Amperayani 54 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Could be a habit - please answer the following questions

Detailed Answer:
Hi....by what you say, this looks like a habit which is forming.

I have a few questions for you. Please get back to me with answers, so that I can guide you further.

Questions -

1. Does she have sudden jerky movements of shoulder while she does this?

2. Has she been in contact with anybody who frowns like this often?

3. How frequently is she doing this per day?

4. Does she make loud noises while doing so?

5. Did she have any fever or sire throat in recent past?

Regards - Dr. Sumanth
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Sumanth Amperayani 9 hours later
No sudden jurks at the sholder
She has not been around anyone that frowns
she does it once every5min.or so along with other involitary moevments such as her eyes looking upward motion ,and movement in her lips

No loud noise
she has had a sor throat
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Answered by Dr. Sumanth Amperayani 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Probable habit disorder or evolving tics

Detailed Answer:
Hi....

From the information provided, I feel that she could be having a habit disorder or evolving tics.

Sometimes post streptococcal pharyngitis, there can be a neuropsychiatric disorder called, PANDAS.

I suggest you get a consultation with her pediatrician regarding this.

Regards - Dr. Sumanth
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Arnab Banerjee
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