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Seriously, at what age should a child begin talking at least a little?

Just wondering because my niece is 19 months and doesn't say a word. Do you think she's OK? What could be a reason?

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Asked by Anonymous at 12:39 AM on Dec. 2, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Sure, she just doesn't have anything important to say yet! If she hasn't saif ANYTHING by two, I'd be concerned. Look at the other ways she communicates: does she gesture or make sounds? Does she know hot to get her message across without words?

    Answer by KatieCrandall at 12:58 AM on Dec. 2, 2008

  • Yup, Katie's right. Most kids that age have developed some form of communication, but not necessarily "words". As long as she's alert and doing other things like giggling, looking at peoples faces, making little faces and gestures of her own, then I'm sure she's just fine. Often times with girls, they will just listen and not talk for a long time....then one day she'll say a word and the next day two more words, and the day after that a few new words...........and then she will never stop talking. Definetely too early to worry but of course, if your family fears that there is something strange going on, definetely seek medial advice. Good luck.

    Answer by Raegy at 1:07 AM on Dec. 2, 2008

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