Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: SUE | 2008/08/04

Q.

my 17month niece does not speak

My niece is 17 months old and does not speak. She makes the occasional umm and ahh to motion that she needs something. In other respects she' s a happy child. She understands when you speak to her. She points to things that she needs. I' m just a bit concerned that at tthis stage she does not even say mum, dad, etc. What could possibly be wrong with her??

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

Although many infants are slow to start talking, it is unusual that your niece is not making any sounds at all especially not saying 'mama' and 'dada' by now.Sometimes this situation arises in a bilingual household where the parents are speaking more than one language. If her development has been normal up until now your sister can afford to wait for a while before having her assessed. If there is any concern about her general development then she must be evaluated by a paediatrician. If she is not talking by 2 years she must be seen by a speech therapist.

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Posted by: vixen | 2008/08/04

My sisters son only spoke at 3and half years of age. The speech therapist mentioned that it could be because he was tube fed and a premature baby.

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