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My son is 8 years old & started licking his lips and sticks it way out and actually looks at his tongue as he’s doing it but doesn’t realize he’s doing it. Then after a few weeks of that he started blinking eyes excessively also. I’ve seems to go through little phases with these certain type of facial movements.

Son Makes Unusual Faces

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I can’t know what to make of this without seeing him so I suggest you consult your pediatrician. Your statement that he doesn’t know when he is doing these things is of concern. I don’t mean to alarm you (and I may be very wrong) but sometimes this kind of behavior is due to what are called absence seizures. I think you should check it out.

I hope all is well.
Dr. Marie

Son Makes Unusual Faces

Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker

Dr. Marie is licensed as both a psychologist and marriage and family counselor. She specializes in couples and family therapy and parent education. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

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Hartwell-Walker, D. (2018). Son Makes Unusual Faces. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 24, 2019, from
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