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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: mum | 2004/09/27

Q.

Lazy tounge

I wrote to you last year with the concern I had over my then 3 year olds drooling and speech.
He has since had his tonsils and adenoids remeoved and was doing well. The drooling also stopped.
He has for the last few weeks had the normal creche syndrome, runny nose, cough, etc. For a couple of weeks now he has again started drooling - nothing major and not constant, but there.
Last week the teacher said that unless his speech improved she would suggest that I send him to a therapist. I asked her what she meant and she said that he has a lazy tounge. My aunt was visiting on Saturday and she says he speaks very nasal.
What is a lazy tounge? And what do you think? (He is now 4)
Many thanks for your advice.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

A lazy tongue is just a layman's term of saying that a child may have delayed speech development. It will be a good idea to have this evaluated by a speech therapist, especially if the problem persists beyond 41/2 to 5 years of age.

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