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evelynlim
26-11-2008, 02:54 PM
My son who is 4 years old suddenly pick up this habit of blinking eyes(not the normal way of blinking eyes & with the muscle underneath folding as well) on last Saturday. He is not just blinking once a while but quite frequently with both eyes. He will not do it when you stare at him but when you not checking on him, he will happily & comfortably blinking his eyes. I ask him whether any problem with his eyes, he said no & don't hv to see doctor. I hv use all sorts of ways trying to stop him from this habit but he still do it even though he said he will stop doing it. What should I do? Any doctor/specialist recommended to treat this? Thanks for your advice.

irisbaggins
26-11-2008, 03:14 PM
Just leave him for a few days...and see if this behavior goes off. It could be nothing but attention seeking, so dont tell him to stop or anything to make him think you are giving attention. If it doesnt get better, its better to take him to the doctor. It could be some sort of muscular problem.

QuietStorm
26-11-2008, 03:16 PM
My former neighbour has the blinking eye habit since 6 years of age. He's now in his late 40's and still at it! I'm not joking. :eek:

rachel sj
26-11-2008, 03:28 PM
Just leave him for a few days...and see if this behavior goes off. It could be nothing but attention seeking, so dont tell him to stop or anything to make him think you are giving attention. If it doesnt get better, its better to take him to the doctor. It could be some sort of muscular problem.

Ya, children esp around age 3-4 are prond to pick up some weird habits and keep doing it for a period of time. As irisbaggins mentioned, they may stop doing it after a while ...

lady-o-leisure
26-11-2008, 03:44 PM
Try giving him something to play that requires a lot of searching with the eyes like a jigsaw puzzle or whatever... that will stop him from the constant blinking. He has nothing to concentrate on at the moment, so he can happily blink.
Children are fickle. Once they hv something else to keep them busy, they'll just forget the old habits. Distraction is the key!

I use the distraction method even when kids need to get their jabs. Instead of wailing non stop b4 the needle can even touch the skin, they will get distracted by something i say to them, and that split moment, everything will be over. Works like a charm. Just give their minds something to think about.

chookyan
26-11-2008, 04:44 PM
A word of advice, it is best to get a ophthalmologist to check it out. My son had the same problem when he was around 4 years old and he was dignosed to have a dry eyes. Apparently this problem is quite common with kids nowadays. He was on natural tears for quite sometime to keep the eyes wet. Only a very patient and experienced opthalmologist will be able detect such conditions. Try Dr. Grace Lee at Sunway Medical, she is a very good ophthalmologist for kids.

Sentinel
26-11-2008, 07:02 PM
When we were around 5 or 6, my sister had this same habit. My late Mum just observed her doing in and pinch her hard everytime she did it, after a day or two, she stopped doing it. The old method worked, he he...

Be forewarned, that was 40 yrs ago. Nowadays, you might run the risk of being sued by your son / daughter for pinching her continuously... ha ha!

SunwayK
26-11-2008, 07:11 PM
........ Try Dr. Grace Lee at Sunway Medical, she is a very good ophthalmologist for kids.

I do not share that same opinion. My impression is that she was rather impatient and that can't be good for kids.

LMei
27-11-2008, 10:58 AM
When we were around 5 or 6, my sister had this same habit. My late Mum just observed her doing in and pinch her hard everytime she did it, after a day or two, she stopped doing it. The old method worked, he he...

Be forewarned, that was 40 yrs ago. Nowadays, you might run the risk of being sued by your son / daughter for pinching her continuously... ha ha!
Haha... my mum did that to me last time too. Sure works. If not I have seen others who develop this into a habit. Then it's lifetime.

QuietStorm
27-11-2008, 11:02 AM
Then it's lifetime.Just like my ex-neighbor, now a man with teenage kids. He's still at it! Hahahaha. :p :D

evelynlim
27-11-2008, 05:53 PM
Thanks for sharing your experiences. My son has been doing it since last Saturday & it doesn't get better. He still do it like nobody business until I really can't stand it anymore :( He still will do it even he is playing with his toys , watching his favorite movies , having his meal or shopping. Like what Sentinel said the old method...he actually didn't do it when my hubby look into his eyes and questioned him about this problem and he is very afraid of me telling my hubby because he will get something from him.
I don't know whether he do this with purpose to get attention but it has been almost a week already .Sometimes he will say eye pain/check pain, one moment later will say no pain. His eyes is not red at all, not swollen & no discharge. Could it be what chookyan said having dry eye? When ask him is he feels his eyes dry, he say yes? :confused: Really don't know which is true or false of what he is telling me. Anyway, I will bring him to Tun Hussein Onn Eyes centre at PJ tomorrow to get his eyes check. Hopefully is nothing wrong with his eyes.

chewie
27-11-2008, 06:07 PM
hopefully... better be safe... :)

chookyan
27-11-2008, 07:12 PM
Anyway, I will bring him to Tun Hussein Onn Eyes centre at PJ tomorrow to get his eyes check. Hopefully is nothing wrong with his eyes.

When you go Tun Hussein Onn, you should ask to see Dr. Linda Teoh, she is pretty good but don't much time to talk more cos she got many patients. All the best.

Sentinel
27-11-2008, 07:30 PM
Thanks for sharing your experiences. My son has been doing it since last Saturday & it doesn't get better. He still do it like nobody business until I really can't stand it anymore :( He still will do it even he is playing with his toys , watching his favorite movies , having his meal or shopping. Like what Sentinel said the old method...he actually didn't do it when my hubby look into his eyes and questioned him about this problem and he is very afraid of me telling my hubby because he will get something from him.
I don't know whether he do this with purpose to get attention but it has been almost a week already .Sometimes he will say eye pain/check pain, one moment later will say no pain. His eyes is not red at all, not swollen & no discharge. Could it be what chookyan said having dry eye? When ask him is he feels his eyes dry, he say yes? :confused: Really don't know which is true or false of what he is telling me. Anyway, I will bring him to Tun Hussein Onn Eyes centre at PJ tomorrow to get his eyes check. Hopefully is nothing wrong with his eyes.

Well, if you do not want to pinch him the old fashioned way, then tell him if it is still going on tomorrow, no choice but to check him in to the hospital and the eye hospital don't allow parents to visit or stay overnight, I think you might see results this way too....

bugbear
27-11-2008, 07:34 PM
It could be a number of thing. Some kids blink when they are tired. Some because they watch too much TV or play too much computer games. Others out of habit. Other that that I do not believe any pathological causes can be concluded unless he has problem with his eyesight. My son also did the same thing when he was small. Giving him more rest, taking him out of the house for exercise and talking to him about his blinking did the trick. Now he is ok. Don't worry too much about it unless it persisted for more than a month. If it does, bring him to see a paediatrician. :cool:

blurrman
27-11-2008, 08:55 PM
evelynlim ,

anything changed? shampoo? body bath? my 4 year old did that few months ago, and we managed to figured out that his day care used other shampoo to wash his hair. we asked the day care people to use back his shampoo and he stopped doing that.

evelynlim
28-11-2008, 09:20 AM
Well, if you do not want to pinch him the old fashioned way, then tell him if it is still going on tomorrow, no choice but to check him in to the hospital and the eye hospital don't allow parents to visit or stay overnight, I think you might see results this way too....

All have been said and done to him but not effective :( Tired & fed up of telling,talking & scolding already. If after bringing him to check his eyes & found out nothing wrong and he still do it, then the old fashioned way is the way :D

Firebird
28-11-2008, 09:41 AM
If after bringing him to check his eyes & found out nothing wrong and he still do it, then the old fashioned way is the way :DTry the old-fashioned first and see what happens. Saves you lots of hassles and money, too. Doc charges are not cheap. :D

HTCHONG
28-11-2008, 11:06 AM
All have been said and done to him but not effective :( Tired & fed up of telling,talking & scolding already. If after bringing him to check his eyes & found out nothing wrong and he still do it, then the old fashioned way is the way :D

Evelyn, you should bring your son to see doctor. There must be reason for your son to keep blinking his eyes....please do not take it lightly and find out the reason from the doctor......my 2 cents. :)

evelynlim
29-11-2008, 01:19 AM
Evelyn, you should bring your son to see doctor. There must be reason for your son to keep blinking his eyes....please do not take it lightly and find out the reason from the doctor......my 2 cents. :)

I hv brought my son to Tun Hussein Onn Eyes Hospital this afternoon to get his eyes checked.
Chookyan, I didn't go for Dr Linda Teoh as she being the only chinese dr there has many patients waiting. I choose to go for another doctor as don't have to wait for so long.There is nothing wrong with my son's eyes, healthy and no problem at all. The doctor advise me to do the reverse psychology to ignore him,don't comment/scold him whenever he blinks his eyes,just don't bother at all. Let him blink until he gets tired & fed up with this habit after reliasing nobody actually pay attention to him on his new habit :rolleyes: Hopefully it works. The doctor just gave him eye drop just in case is eye itchiness but he refused to let me put the eye drop when reached home. In fact, he has been blinking the whole afternoon & evening when we are out for dinner.
blurrman, nothing has been changed. The thing that has changed recently is I'm busy buying primary school uniform, new school shoes & socks for his brother. By the way, he is very worried & afraid of his brother no longer going to the kindy with him anymore.
The cost of getting his eyes check there is : registration RM10, consultation RM50 and the eye drop RM10, total cost=RM70.

evelynlim
29-11-2008, 01:28 AM
Try the old-fashioned first and see what happens. Saves you lots of hassles and money, too. Doc charges are not cheap. :D

I didn't want to use the old fashioned way first because what if it was actually some discomfort in his eyes or really some problem with his eyes, then I seem very cruel towards my child :rolleyes: Now I know there is no problem at all with his eyes, if he still keep doing it after another one or 2 weeks with my reverse psychology, I will have to do the old fashioned /painful way :cool:
Thanks again to all your sharings.

Sentinel
29-11-2008, 02:04 PM
Make him a star.... videotape him and play it on the TV screen for him and his siblings to see and laugh about it, it might be the right psychology. But don't take my word for it, it might be more cruel than the old fashioned way of pinching him each time he goes blink-blink-blink....

in
29-11-2008, 08:38 PM
By the way, he is very worried & afraid of his brother no longer going to the kindy with him anymore.

That could be one of the reasons for the blinking. It could be an anxiety thing. As adults, we may think this is nonsense......but after watching lots of Discovery Health and Oprah :), i realise that kids are complex and they have their own thought proces.

coleslaw
29-11-2008, 09:06 PM
what you have is a 4 yrs old kid who can't express himself well..
his fears and anxiety..i would say in is right. what he needs now is assurance..not a beating, or being laughed at or being frightened unnecessarily..which will add more to his fears!!! :(

coleslaw
29-11-2008, 09:11 PM
i'm actually shocked and horrified at some of the suggestions on how to 'cure' his blinkings..one in particular is exceptionally cruel :mad:
we are talking about a 4 year old here..good god.

joker2107
29-11-2008, 09:26 PM
Inothing has been changed. The thing that has changed recently is I'm busy buying primary school uniform, new school shoes & socks for his brother. By the way, he is very worried & afraid of his brother no longer going to the kindy with him anymore.

evelyn, if you went to a psychologist, he'd possibly attribute the blinking to what you said as I quoted above. He is consciously aware that he is going to lose something he is accustomed to. And he is, as you said, worried an afraid. It is not unusual for kids in such a state of mind to do things which would attract attention.

having said that, I still cannot agree with all the fingers pointing at "habit". You did right by trying to eliminate any obvious medical cause, such as dry eyes like chookyan had experience with. by the way, not all dry eyes present with such blinking - my eyes are very frequently absolutely dry - zero staining when the doctors stuck those little stickers in my eyes - and i have never been hit by blinking spasms.

i also have a late uncle (passed away in his 70s) who was a professional photographer and a bookkeeper. looking at him was a pain because of the way his face contorts every few seconds when his eyes blink or squint and his nose wriggles. of course the old folks cursed him for not breaking his "dirty old habit". but to him, it was a suffering he had to carry to his grave.

i would agree with lady-of-leisure's proposal to offer distractions, especially those which demand deep concentration, as an attempt to wean the victim off the blinking (this is an intended pun) spasm. might work if it was of psychological origin. might also work to train the eye muscles.

a parting shot - has anybody successfully controlled hiccups? or been scolded for having a habit of hiccupping?

Sentinel
29-11-2008, 10:25 PM
i'm actually shocked and horrified at some of the suggestions on how to 'cure' his blinkings..one in particular is exceptionally cruel :mad:
we are talking about a 4 year old here..good god.

I was the one who recommended the old fashioned method so I feel I will need to answer to your comments.

Firstly, if you disagree, by all means do so but there is no need to invoke the name of God to show your displeasure....

My sister whom I mentioned above grew up normal, in fact she was the first woman CEO of a commercial bank in the country 10 years ago and still is a CEO of a bank now....

So, whats wrong with the old-fashioned method? If you are the modern type of parenting, by all means elaborate but no need to run down alternative views like that.

HTCHONG
30-11-2008, 08:59 AM
I hv brought my son to Tun Hussein Onn Eyes Hospital this afternoon to get his eyes checked.......By the way, he is very worried & afraid of his brother no longer going to the kindy with him anymore....

I read your posting yesterday morning but I wasn't have sufficient time to reply you as it was time up for me to check in my flight back to Singapore. One of the forumers mentioned it could be due to anxiety which I believe so too.

Nevertheless, for what so ever reason, it is good to talk to your son so as to ease off his worry.

Early this year, I noticed my daughter (primary 3) tends to breathe quite hard. I asked her whether she felt any discomfort with her chest. She told me she was OK. I noticed this "bad habit" went on the following day so I got worried and brought her to see doctor. After thorough examination, there was no problem with her and the doctor suspected it could be due to anxiety or stress. When we got home, I talked to her and found out that she wasn't happy with her tuition teacher ....well :D

teacherwong
30-11-2008, 09:38 PM
my son had the same problem when he was 4 years old. i tried many doctors but doesn't fully recover, it was on and off. finally, i brought him to ISEC (International Specialist Eye Centre), Dr Choong Yee Foong (03 - 2284 8989)and found that he is allergic to dustmite. He consumed a type of syrup medicine and had eye drop. After about 1-2 weeks time, he stop blinking his eyes. of course, i change all his pillow and bolster into those anti dustmite and put an anti dustmite comfortable between his bed and bedsheet. Change his bed is more costly. Please PM me if you would like to know more about it (the blinking eyes or about the ISEC).

eddychan
02-12-2008, 10:20 AM
I'm not a doc, but I can relate to u my experience. I too used to suffer from the "blinking eye syndrome". The probably cause was dry eyes from too much TV (in my youth), and the habit was developed. I managed to overcome this by doing the following..

when there is an uncontrollable urge to blink, close ur eyes and count to ten. u will need to spend quality time with ur child and make this into a game. hopefully, he will break out of this habit.

joker2107
02-12-2008, 03:53 PM
when there is an uncontrollable urge to blink, close ur eyes and count to ten.
no offence meant, eddy.
if my uncle james were to try your prescription, he would defeat aab in the snoozability index. nay, actually he may never get to pen his eyes - that was the extent of his problem.

anyway thanks for your sharing - probably works for some, and it sure give me some relief for my dry eyes (which does not come with the blinking -pun intended - problem).

Kayla
02-12-2008, 09:18 PM
My daughter had the same problem too few months ago. She is now 5. I brought him to see a nutritionist, upon a friend's recommendation. After consuming some friendly bacteria and supplements for about 3 weeks, she has now recovered. You may want to try it out. PM me if you want his contact.

evelynlim
03-12-2008, 06:05 PM
Thanks for all your sharings & recommendations. In fact, my son still blink his eyes... :( I also suspect that he might be doing so due to anxiety/worries and I have talk & explain to him and assured him that we love him not lesser than we love his brother. But...he still do it. This time I actually didn't scold or comment him , I just keep quiet & observing him. Sometimes I ask him is his eyes dry as I want to put eye drop for him but he will never let me do it. eddychan, your recommendation is quite interesting. I will give it a try even though is not so easy to apply to a child.

Sentinel
03-12-2008, 06:22 PM
Oh my God, Evelyn.

There is no shortage of doctors in this forum.. lets see, anxiety, attention-seeking, dry eyes, nutrition, dust mites, blinking spasms and what have you... my sympathy to your now 'enlarged' problem.