I am a concerned mother for my 5 1/2-year-old son, Ethan. He has blinking tics since probably a half-year ago, on and off. And since last week, I have noticed that he also turns his head and neck repetitively left and right, along with some shoulder shrugging. Last week, as we were on the road, he did eat more sugar and no homemade food.
There have been a few times during the past 2 years that he has burped for 10-15 seconds before he falls asleep. This usually happens when he has a cold, and he also passes gas a lot at the same time. I think my son was burly when he was a baby, and I am not sure if it is vocal tics.
At birth, he had silent acid reflux, but with a bit medicine, he grew out of it. He is otherwise a happy boy and pays good attention to building his Legos every day! I spoke to the PED today, and she thinks Ethan has tics. She referred me to a pediatric neurologist, but at this point, I want to try the natural path first before going to the neurologist.
Please kindly give me any advice you might have. I am very scared at this point.