INCONSOBILE 21 MONTH OLD.

JENNIFER - posted on 04/20/2015 ( 10 moms have responded )

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MY SON IS ALMOST 2 BUT HE DOESN'T TALK YET. LAST NIGHT HE WAS UP ALL NIGHT CRYING. I HAVE 5 KIDS TOTAL AND I HAVE BEEN THRU THIS BEFORE BUT NOTHING THAT WORKED ON MY OLDER KIDS WORKED WITH HIM. I TRIED GIVING HIM A LAVANDER BATH, GAVE HIM A LITTLE TYLONEL IN CASE SOMETHING WAS HURTING THAT I COULDN'T SEE MAYBE HIS EARS OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. TRIED TO LET HIM LAY DOWN WITH ME AND NOTHING WAS WORKING FOR ME. HE STAYED AWAKE CRYING ON AND OFF UNTIL 4:30 THIS MORNING. HE ATE GOOD YESTERDAY AND WAS FINE WHEN HE WENT TO BED. HE WOKE UP ABOUT 45 MINS AFTER HE WENT TO BE CRYING. HE WOULD STOP FOR A LITTLE BIT AND THEN FALL ASLEEP THEN HE'D WAKE UP AGAIN CRYING. THEN HE WOKE UP AND WAS AWAKE STILL CRYING AND FUSSY AND WOULDN'T GO BACK TO SLEEP AND STAYED UP UNTIL HE CRASHED AT 430 THEN WHEN I GOT UP TO COME TO WORK HE WOKE UP AND IT STARTED AGAIN. ANY IDEAS?

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Linda - posted on 04/21/2015

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I agree Sarah. We thought the same thing with our son until we got him evaluated. Luckily he was diagnosed early enough that he was able to learn how to speak and now is a complete chatter box you could barely tell he had any speech problems. Hearing problem can also cause a delay in speech as well.

Sarah - posted on 04/21/2015

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I encourage you to proceed with the evaluation. The professionals that will come to see your son do these evaluations all of the time, if you don't agree with their findings you can request a second evaluation to be done. You have nothing to lose and lots to gain.

JENNIFER - posted on 04/21/2015

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Thanks. I'm hoping its nothing serious. He's very out going, and I know when I was a kid my little brother was the same way. He would just point and grunt and get what he wanted. I do the same thing with Andrew and I think maybe he just don't feel like he needs to talk, when he can just point and get what he wants. Hopefully the refferal will get him the help he needs if he's not where he needs to be. I'm gonna look in to that book and see if any stores around here carry it.

Linda - posted on 04/21/2015

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I would get a book called "The Late Talker" by Marilyn Agin, Lisa Geng, and Malcolm Nicholl. It was an invaluable resource for us. Apraxia is a common issue that really can go undiagnosed, and the quicker you diagnose the better the prognosis. Essentially it is a disconnect in the brain between the motor part of the brain and the language part. My son knew how to talk and what he wanted to say but could not make his mouth make the proper muscle movements. Similar to what happens with adults when they have a stroke. My son made one sound constantly...it sound like unst...unst...They say that a repeated sound when they are pointing at things or trying to communicate is a textbook sign for apraxia or a disorder similar. I took my son for a speech/hearing evaluation and they were able to diagnosis him. I would not rely on your pediatrician....I would get "he is just delayed" "he will talk when he is ready". None of that was the case...I had to be proactive with the specialist myself. But the Late Talker book is how we started it was awesome. We gave our son high doses of fish oil as well which really helped. He had speech therapy for 2 years. Now you can barely tell, but it took him months just to be able to say the vowel sounds. Early detection and intervention was key.

JENNIFER - posted on 04/21/2015

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I can get hey out of him every now and then but most of the time he says nothing. I'm guessing that the babies cant wait is like what you are talking about. What I've found on it seems like they do evaluations and then help them with the things that they need help on.

Sarah - posted on 04/21/2015

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My third also had a speech delay, he was about the age of your little guy and only had five words that we could coax him to say. In IL the program is called Early Interventions and he had a hearing test and a full speech eval. He received speech therapy for just over a year and he completely closed the gap. I was glad i acted when I did.

JENNIFER - posted on 04/21/2015

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Thanks. The antibiotics are to keep him from getting an infection from the bumps that blistered. The bumps came so fast and said that he has a severe case of this virus. They told me that he probably got it from his school. My husband said one of the mothers told him that her son has it too. But she is also the same mother that sends her son to school sick. He has given my son rsv and the flu already this year. But I am worried about him not talking. He grunts and points instead of talking. He babbles like the rest of my kids did but Jayci was already at least saying the minumum expected words like mommy daddy cup no mine things like that but he don't even do that.

Sarah - posted on 04/21/2015

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Depending on the state you live in, there are programs for evaluating children from newborn thru age three for all types of special needs. You usually reach out to them and request an evaluation (your doctor may have done this for you). Then you will be contacted by several different types of clinicians. You will be sent for a hearing test for you son, and a speech therapist will evaluate his speech and cognitive abilities. Also, they will ask you a bunch of questions about his health so it is good to have a full health history available. After the evaluations are complete a determination will be made if you child needs services; then those services will be provided to your child at little or no cost to you.
Hand, foot and mouth is a very common childhood virus. I am surprised your doctor out your son on antibiotics as it is not a bacterial illness. Perhaps the doctor felt the sores were infected or he had other symptoms of infection.
While you son has sores in his mouth, you will want to have cool, soft foods for him to eat. Popsicles, yogurt, jello, and pudding are a few ides. Good Luck!

JENNIFER - posted on 04/21/2015

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THANKS I'LL LOOK IN TO THAT. I TOOK HIM TO HIS PEDIATRICIAN YESTERDAY AFTERNOON AND IT TURNS OUT HE HAS A VIRUS CALLED HAND FOOT MOUTH, WHICH I HAD NEVER HEARD OF BEFORE, THEY GAVE HIM SOME ANTIBIOTICS AND SOME PAIN MEDS. THEY SAID THAT THE SORES IN HIS MOUTH WOULD PROBABLY KEEP HIM FROM EATING FOR A COUPLE DAYS BUT THAT WAS NORMAL. AFTER HE TOOK HIS MEDS LAST NIGHT HE WENT TO SLEEP AND SLEPT ALL NIGHT. I MENTIONED TO HIS DOCTOR ABOUT HIM NOT TALKING YET AND THEY ARE REFERING HIM TO BABIES CAN'T WAIT WHICH IS ANOTHER PROGRAM THAT I AINT HEARD OF BEFORE EITHER.

Linda - posted on 04/20/2015

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I would definitely take him to the pediatrician right away. But I would also start reading on apraxia of speech. My son did not speak either and he was diagnosed with apraxia. He used to cry when he wanted to speak and couldn't make his mouth do what he wanted it to do. But this sounds more serious than that. Good luck. I will be praying for you.

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