Childhood Diseases

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Posted by: concerned mother | 2009/11/29

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stuttering child

I don' t know if you are the right doc I am posting this to, but I wander if you can assist me. My daughter, now 2 years and 8 months old, for a short period, for about a month, stuttered badly. She has since passed that phase and is talking normal once again, no signs of stuttering. She speaks very well for her age and has never experienced such stuttering before. Her father and myself are separated, have been for two years now. She sees her father every second weekend –  I attributed her stuttering to the emotional feelings of being away from her father and only seeing him every so often. However, her grandmother (on her father' s side) believes that she may have been fondled with –  her opinion of the stuttering. I honestly have not see any signs of her being fondled. She is a happy, always bubbly, an active little girl, and that hasn' t changed in any form. I have set up an appointment with a social worker to see if they are able to ascertain if anything like that has happened. I don' t want to take her for a physical examination as yet, unless I have reason to. My reasoning for this is that if this is just all in the grandmother' s head, and I take my child to be physically examined by a doc –  I might be putting my child in an emotional state for no reason. I have drilled it into my daughter' s head that no one touches her there and if anybody did, that she must tell me. She hasn' t shown any signs of withdraw, pain of her privates, her attitude is still the same –  it is just the case of her stuttering for that one month. Her appointment with the social worker is this Wednesday. My mind is racing with thoughts, but honestly, I cannot see any change in her behaviour –  nothing. Could I be missing something –  what are the ' signs'  –  would I be emotionally scaring her by taking her for a physical before a social worker evaluates her??? Please, your advice would be appreciated.

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

Stuttering for a short period at your daughter's age is very common and usually is not due to any psychological or emotional upset. Your little girl is now talking normally again and is a happy child.There is absolutely no reason to think that she has been abused in any way. There is no reason why she should be put through the process of having interviews by social workers and any special examinations which will be very upsetting for her. She does not need to be interviewed by the social worker.

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Posted by: Concerned mother | 2009/11/30

That was my first thought.... but I know she went through an episode when her father left the one afternoon - she was beside herself... and that' s pretty much when the stuttering started. I was ' interrogated'  about this, and I' m sorry - I cannot see how they would come up with a conclusion such as the one I described....

But, thank you doc and Purple - you have set my mind at ease :-)

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Posted by: Concerned mother | 2009/11/30

That was my first thought.... but I know she went through an episode when her father left the one afternoon - she was beside herself... and that' s pretty much when the stuttering started. I was ' interrogated'  about this, and I' m sorry - I cannot see how they would come up with a conclusion such as the one I described....

But, thank you doc and Purple - you have set my mind at ease :-)

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Posted by: Purple | 2009/11/30

Stuttering at that age is usually because their thoughts run a lot faster than their vocabulary does , it just clears up on its own.

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Posted by: concerned mother | 2009/11/30

Thank you for your response - REALLY appriciate it!

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