Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Melani | 2008-12-01



My 2.5yr daughter has only just started saying single words eg. mummy, shoes, up etc.

Previously it would appear that we had to call her several times before she would turn around and look at us. Her teachers at daycare say that she does not respond to instructions or when they are talking to her. She screams when my husband coughs really loud + when other children or adults talk to her expecting a response, she screams at them.

She is otherwise a very bright child - in fact she has an above average ability when it comes to music. She will sing along with songs, trying to say the words, She can learn a tune very quickly and has even started singing the tunes to hymns spontaneously.

Only this weekend I' ve noticed her babbling becoming more frequent - it sounds like Chinese. There are the few words sprinkled inbetween. She likes to read this one book about colours and will point out the colours and will repeat the colour easily after you have said it first.

Just this week her paed advised that her tonsils and adenoids were enlarged - she has been snoring, breathing through her mouth and been choking on a post-nasal drip for as long as we can remember. He advised that it would be best to remove them to make her more comfortable.

Will this help with her speech development and has it contributed the delay in any way.
Also, she did go to an Afrikaans daymother from 5mnths-2yrs of age where they spoke mainly Afrikaans during the day - perhaps this may have had an impact on her speech?

She is otherwise a very bright and intelligent child and amazes us every day with her learning and playing.

Expert's Reply



What concerns me most is whether your little girl can hear properly or not. She needs to have a proper audiogram test done. As she is due to see an ENT specialist soon this is an essential part of the tests which he should do.her tonsils and adenoid enlargement will not interfere with her speech dvelopment but enlarged adenoids can affect hearing.

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Posted by: Jordon | 2008-12-02

Hi Melani,

My son (2yrs) had the same problem. We had him at the audiologist and they advised that he had some fluid build up behind the ear that caused a loss in hearing. He had grommets inserted and it helped tremendously. He has about a 5 month delay in his speech because of the hearign loss suffered before he had the grommets inserted. However, since he has had his grommets in, his speech seems to be back on track.

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