Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Lee | 2009-02-16


20mnth son shld he be talking properly


My son is 20 months old, he says quite a few words, but does not speak sentences yet.
Should I be concerned?

Expert's Reply



No need to be concerned at this stage. Many little boys are a bit slow to develop their speech. Keep on encouraging him and if he is still not speaking properly at 3 years you will need to take him to see a speech therapist.

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Posted by: Willemien | 2009-02-16

My 20 month old son has not gained any weight during the past month and only 0.5 kg since his 18 month check-up. He now weighs 11.7 kg, which is below the growth curve for babies who weighs 3.6 kg at birth. He was exclusively breasfed for 5 1/2 months and never took formula (I still breastfeed him once a day). He eats very well - typically oats and a banana for breakfast, a midmorning snack of cheese and fruit, a cooked meal at lunchtime, a small cup of milk and an apple mid-afternoon and another cooked meal for dinner. Should I be worried and what can I do to help him gain weight?

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