Tics in children usually involve the upper part of the face—screwing up the eyes, or rapid blinking. More complex habits such as grunting, and brushing the hair away from the eyes are common in children, and seldom confused with seizures. Sometimes, however, children indulge in strange patterns of movement which they apparently find pleasurable, and which they stop immediately on reprimand. Sometimes infants and toddlers will rock backwards and forwards squeezing their thighs together in a manner which seems to be masturbatory.

Colic-Colic or ‘wind’ is a common symptom in babies and young infants, and is usually easily recognized and diagnosed. However, occasionally infantile spasms (West’s syndrome), may be mistaken for colic or some other type of pain, which can lead to a delay in the diagnosis of this type of epilepsy.


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