Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Peta | 2011/11/11


3yr old tube fed - playschool vs home

hi dr
us again, 3yr old tube fed with various complicatiion and not eating / drinking well.

Tay has just turned 3 and as yet is not at a creche / pre-school due the many and varied health issues he has had, and recently again the tube.

He does however, have friends over to play on the weekends, attends kiddies parties and socialises at a toddlers playgroup on a Saturday morning. ln the week he stays with his granny, where he has a jungle gym to play on, goes for walks, does all his puzzles etc and has all the up to date games and activities required for a 3 yr old.

He is still behind in his speech and he is being assessed later this month which l am 99% sure will see him visiting the speech therapist and OT next year on a weekly basis.

My question is this - am l harming him developmentally by wanting to keep him home for another 6-9 months and then only putting him into a play group in the mornings later next year or do you think that it is essential for him to get more interaction with children his own age now already?

After all he has been through, he gets quite overwhelmed with alot of people / noise / happenings etc and l am concerned that going to a playgroup / creche is going to overwhelm him and cause him to simply shut down on his eating etc. Not to mention the germs of other kids and the open wound...

Am l simply being overprotective or do you think my fears are a distinct possibility? My husband seems to think he will be better at a playgroup / creche but l am not convinced.

Your advise is much appreciated as always.


Expert's Reply



You are handling things very well for your son. It will do him absolutely no harm and plenty of good to stay out of the playschool for a bit longer. There is nothing as good for children as being at home with their mothers or their grannies.

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