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    Child non stop blinking eyes!

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irisbaggins
    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 ...

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    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.
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    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.

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    The Old Method Worked Well....

    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!

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    ........ 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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sentinel
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LMei
    Then it's lifetime.
    Just like my ex-neighbor, now a man with teenage kids. He's still at it! Hahahaha.

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    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? 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.

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    hopefully... better be safe...

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    Quote Originally Posted by evelynlim
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by evelynlim
    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? 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....

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    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.
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