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1st time mommy question

Posted by on Dec. 18, 2013 at 3:34 PM
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 Ds is almost 20 months and has had quite a few ear infections, he also is not saying any words (not even mama or dadda) just kind of babbling. the dr has not said anything about tubes, but I was wondering if & when your LOs got them. And if there maybe any corrilation between the ear infections and the lack of talking. His dr has set up speech therapy, I have not heard from them on when it starts. I know kids develop at different rates I just dont want to ignore this and find out later that he could have been helped.

by on Dec. 18, 2013 at 3:34 PM
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by Michelle on Dec. 18, 2013 at 3:45 PM
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I would contact the doctor and find out when speech therapy starts. I'm not sure about the ear infections. Are you sure your son can hear? My dd started speech therapy when she was one but we had to make a doctor appointment 1st to make sure she wasn't deaf.

by on Dec. 18, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Frequent ear infections does delay speech. Call and press the issue. I know all kids develop at a different rate, but you are right to be concerned. I have three kids, and all developed a little different, but words should be understandable by now. Keep us posted!

by on Dec. 18, 2013 at 3:58 PM
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 The request has already been put in for the therapy, the company has to contact me idk what co it even is lol and I know he can hear he turns when his name is called and cries when the dogs bark etc. My DF aunt is a nurse and said that some times there is fulid built up and sounds like they are under water.... We have another apt 2 days after xmas. I just wasnt sure if Im being paranoid or not lol. Im generally not a crazy new mom but for some reason his not talking really conserns me...

by Sarah on Dec. 18, 2013 at 5:55 PM
I'm pretty sure there is a correlation. Hope you are able to get him the help he needs mama!
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by on Dec. 18, 2013 at 6:06 PM

When my oldest was put in for Speech. First thing we had to do was a hearing test. Then we saw the speech therapist. I would find out if they would test his hearing at all.

by Bronze Member on Dec. 18, 2013 at 7:26 PM
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I don't think you are being paranoid.

I'm surprised it hasn't been brought up before. Many of my friends were getting tubes in their babes at about 12 months. I think it of course depends on the number and severity of the ear infections, and certainly the doc as well.

The lack of speech is the red flag to me. I know girls and boys are different, but my girls were nearly speaking sentences by 18 months.

Once you get to the bottom of things, you might also start shopping for a new doc.

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by Ruby Member on Dec. 18, 2013 at 9:16 PM

Yeah if he gets a lot of them it could very well be. They need to check for fluid in his ear. If he gets them a lot he needs to see a specialist.

by on Dec. 18, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Does your insurance require a referral? If not make an appt with an ENT. If he has fluid (which can cause cronic ear infections) can make it hard for him to here therefore he will be delayed in talking. I have found that a lot of time pediatricians don't like to send kids to specialists and I don't understand that. I had to go around my pediatrician regarding my son's tonsils and he had to have an emergency tonsilectomy. 

by on Dec. 18, 2013 at 10:23 PM

My  first child didn't say "mama" till he was 3, and he didn't have any ear infections, My second (a girl) said "mama" at 12 month - she had multiple ear infections (5 in a year)and we didn't drain her ears, NO.

From my personal experience, you do not need an ear draining surgery to make them talk, boys and first kids take longer to talk and it's ok, just give him some more time, unless he has an ear infection for couple of months not-stop.

by on Dec. 19, 2013 at 7:14 AM

I have children with both hearing and speech problems.  What has already been mentioned is true, they will refer your son for a hearing test.  Our son with speech problems had the neatest one at about 10-11 months.  

Good Luck - that's your baby and if you think something is wrong and your dr doesn't answer your questions or show concern ----- find another one.

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