Should I Be Worried?

Rachel - posted on 01/22/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My 17 month boy isn't talking at all yet. He "baby babbles" like saying "amomomom", "dadadadada", stuff like that but nothing where he actually knows what he's saying. We are also trying to teach him sign language but he's only picked up on the sign for "please". Is this ok or should I talk to his doctor?

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Heather - posted on 01/23/2010

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At around 24 months a language "explosion" occurs! Children should begin speaking clearly and putting words together as well as the number of words should expand drastically. If you don't see this around 24 months then YES you should worry! But boy still has some time and you may be surprised at what he's retaining. Make sure your giving him opportunities to talk back to you meaning don't answer for him. Name and say everything you are doing so he is hearing those words over and over again. Keep with the sign language it very helpful! Sound like your doing a good job already!

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Jane - posted on 01/23/2010

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I didn't talk till I was two and niether did my child. You should check out 'The Einstein Syndrome', it's about late talkers. As long as he is demonstrating that he listens to you I wouldn't worry too much.

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You could always ask your doctor just in case, my nephew wasnt talking very well for a while either, turns out he had too much fluid in his ears. He got tubes in them and now he talks very well. If thats not the case, dont worry, all babies and kids learn at different stages! Good luck, im sure he'll be fine !

Rachel - posted on 01/23/2010

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Thanks ladies. I was getting worried here. I'll just keep telling him words and hopefully he'll start talking soon!

Lindsay - posted on 01/22/2010

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my son was about 2 when he actually started speaking words we could understand , we did have a speach therapist come once and at that point he was speaking maybe 6 -10 words. This was after his 2 year doctors visit. The speach pathologist wasnt worried because he was using some words and told us to give it a bit more time, sometimes boys are slower talkers because they are quicker movers. He sat , rolled , crawled and walked early , the talking just came late for him ... i wouldnt worry , just keep up with naming everything and talking to him all the time and he will get it :o) my son only knew a couple signs as well . It was like a switch for him, 6 words one day , and then full sentences !! yours will get there :o)

Jennie - posted on 01/22/2010

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I have a niece that will be two in april and she barely talks. We try to teach her a new word every week and it is working. With my other children I try to get them to say the word of whatever i was giving them at the time like sippie or food, and it worked too. I really don't think it is something to worry to much about all kids are different and will learn things in their own time.

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Go with your gut. I wouldn't worry. My cousin's little boy barely said anything until he was over 2. My daughter we wondered about. She hardly said anything, then when she was almost 2 was spouting sentences. So I think give him some more time. I'm sure he's developing quickly in other areas. They all learn at different rates. Enjoy the quiet time! Once they start talking they never stop!:) Have fun!

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