I need advise :/ 16 month old boy who isnt saying alot of words

Meghan - posted on 09/28/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Let me begin with my 16 month old has really bad allergies and is always sick, either with RSV or ear infections. He had tubes put in about 7 months ago and they have helped soo so much! He just had his first severy infection two weeks ago. It has been a battle these past few weeks because it has not wanted to clear up properly for his new tubes to be put in so those have been post poned eventhough at todays appointment everything looked like the were clearing up and working. I just want him back and healthy because I know he will get another one soon, its just how it has always been once he gets one he gets them bad definitely around this time of the year, temps changing and what not.





Anyway so to start all my little worring here last night at dinner with my future mother in law and fiance and our little one and she says she thinks he needs a hearing test done because he isnt developing right and is no where to the level of speaking that his 2.5 year cousin (girl) is. This really upset me and now im worring that he isnt developing right. I hear boys develop slower then girls and now my fiances (his father) thinks he has a sever hearing problem because our son choose who and what he listens to. he could be wathcing his favorite movie and be so focus that you can say his name 10 times and he wont turn around. I kid around that he is exactly like his father because he tunes me out and hears and listens to what he wants to . Well now I am really upset a worried. They are doing a hearing test in 6 weeks. The first time he had it done the lady that did it said he lost his hearing.We spoke to the doctor who said he past with flying colors and he came in to watch him on the second round because of what the lady said and was confused as to why she said it because he is hearing everything perfectly fine.



Should I worry that he isnt speaking a ton of words yet : He says : mama dada mickey ball sit stop no dog toy shush uh ho oops shoe . Im worried his hear is effecting his speech. Am i crazy or should I be really worried?

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Amanda - posted on 09/30/2012

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I wouldn't worry about it just yet. Both my 5 and 3 year old boys were delayed in their speech. Getting his hearing checked is a good idea, it will let you know if it is affecting his speech, and if not then you have that worry relieved.



Does he try to say new words or sounds? Does he point out pictures when you ask him to show you where something is, such as dog, ball, cat, horse, etc? Do you have him ask you or point out what he wants, or do you use your 6th sense so to speak, and get what he wants without having him ask?



My 5 year old was a combination of all those things, at 2.5 he was hardly speaking, less than your son even, with early intervention and speech therapy he was greatly improved in 6 months. And my 3 year old was delayed with his speech at about 2-2.5, but without intervention his speech ability seemed to improve over night. One week I was worried and the next he was showing improvement without intervention. So honestly, I wouldn't worry too much. Just try to make speaking new sounds and/or words fun and as long as you notice him adding to his vocabulary, don't worry about it.

Samantha - posted on 09/29/2012

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My son was 2 and he could only say tree, mama and baba. I was so worried so I brought him in to the doctor and he said he was fine. He was shy and had an older brother that was the opposite. He said "stop comparing!"

He's 4 now and will not stop talking.

When my outgoing, early developing, chatterbox eldest was 1 he could only say about 20 words and he was AHEAD of the game. If your son couldn't hear anything then he certainly wouldn't be saying "Mickey"

Also,We found out that the many ear infections in our family were due to milk allergies. We cut out all dairy and it stopped the cycle.

Yazmin - posted on 09/28/2012

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I was so afraid when I had my daughter that I would constantly check to make sure she was developing acordingly, at the hospital they gave me this booklet that said how many words she should now when she should start forming sentences, I always check that she was on point and if she wasn't I knew she would catch up. Your little one is still young and soon will say more but I do have to say that if he reaches 3 and doesn't say much then worry, I say this only because I have a nephew that just turn 5, my daughter is 5 and she will talk and hold a conversation with you but my nephew doesn't use sentences his vocabulary is still like a 2 year old. It's nice to see that you are worried I say this because parents that care and want the best for their children are then ones that catch on to things like this. I wouldn't be able to tell you what's wrong with my nephew since my sister doesn't seem to thing that there is nothing wrong with him even though I've raised the subject now that he's in kinder maybe she thinks he'll start speaking?? Oh and about him not listening my daughter was so good at tuning my husband and myself out, she was so good that I thought she deserved and award for just being able to do that :) best of luck.

Bethany - posted on 09/28/2012

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My 2yo boy says prolly less than ur son BUT I know he completely understands what I tell him because he will obey or go get what I am talking about! And he is trying to make all the sounds & mouth shapes, etc... So I am not worried, (everybody I've talked to is amazed at how smart he is in spite of not talking!!) because he is showing signs of trying & understanding & he can communicate what he wants.

In comparison, his girl cousin (just 3mo older & the youngest of 3) talks like she is 3 or 4!! It is frustrating at times but if your son is showing signs that he understands then I wouldn't be concerned... Eventually they'll talk and won't ever be quiet- lol :)

Arlene - posted on 09/28/2012

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Its actually normal, my son didnt start talking til he was two and my cousins daughter was also two and spoke clearer than my son. Other people always compare kids to other ones they know, yes it will bother you, but your son will eventually talk more. If he 3 and isnt completing sentences than there might be a problem..also how social is your son? the reason my son took so long to speak was because he was never really around others and didnt want to bother, but now he is in kindergarten and doing really well.

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