My son has recently started coughing/clearing his throat extremely loudly. He does it every 2 min or so, all day long. It has been going on for about three weeks, and has become progressively more frequent. I had tics as a child (I have OCD but the main manifestation of it as an adult, for me, is not tics but intrusive, repetitive thoughts) and I talked to him about how to take a deep breath to relax and maybe you won't feel like doing it anymore. Finally, I was afraid he would irritate his throat, the sound was so forceful. And to be honest, it was getting a little irritating. So, I did something that I feel a little bad about, but it seems to have gotten rid of it.
I told him that I was giving him a vitamin to help him not do it as much. I bought a new color vitamin (he normally takes the purple grape Multi-Bites from GNC so I bought pink fruit punch). He took one and within a few min he was not doing it anymore. The next morning, he didn't do it either.
Then this evening, he had set up all his miniature animals on a table, in a precise way, and my husband accidentally hit the table and a few fell down. He immediately broke down screaming and crying. Soon after, he started doing the cough thing again. He did it all evening until I gave him his vitamin, and then he stopped again.
(FTR he does not have a diagnosis yet. We have heard suggestions that it's Asperger's, ADHD, OCD, and SPD. He is going to start seeing a child psychologist on Aug. 18 and is going to have psychological testing for ADHD in Oct.)
I feel bad lying to him, and teaching him that a pill is the answer, but I remember how annoying tics were to me as a child, and I didn't know how to handle it any other way. Has anyone experienced anything similar, and do you have any advice? Thanks so much!