Childhood Diseases

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Posted by: Kay | 2010-09-13

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Hi Doc
I have a 2 year 6 month old child who seems socially withdrawn. He is quite petite for his age group and gets scared quickly. At crè che, he does not play with other kids and will not interact in class discussions or games.
At home he does not talk a lot except to ask you for things e.g. butter bread, biscuit etc. He’ s appears to have good memory but not communication ability. He talks to myself and his dad however I am a quite person so I don’ t always find myself talking to my son.
We don’ t see too many people and don’ t socialize that much either.
I might also add that he says please, thank you, and four words at a go.
Please can you advice what I can do for my little one?

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

You have given an excellent description of your son's behaviour and of your concerns about him. He may just be a very shy boy and you seem to be rather quiet and reserved yourself, so it may just run in the family. You should invite one of the children from the creche to come to your home to play with your son. He will feel more confident at home and hopefully will play with his new friend.Gradually he will develop more comnfidence. If he continues to be very withdrawn he should probably be seen by a child psychologist but not before he is at least 3 years old.

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Posted by: Jenny | 2010-09-13

Children tend to learn from their parents so he possibly get''s his quietness from you. The fact that he is in a creche is a good thing as he has the opportunity to interact with other children. I''d suggest playing games with him like throwing a ball or maybe taking him to the park where he can play with other children. Sometimes they improve. My daughter was the same when she was little and still doesn''t socialise that well. It is just her personality.

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