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Q: My son is 19 month old.He is up to date with all the milestones except talking.He was babbling till he was 11 months,later he stopped babbling and no talking yet.I had my second girl when he was 16 months old.we took him to a speech and language pathologist when he was 18 months old,and she thinks that he is far behind and suggested speech therapy,I am going to have it ASAP but am i missing something here?The therapist initially thought that it could be autism but later denied it.My son basically loves to be cuddled,he understands things clearly,easy with new people/strangers-immediately smiles at them,learns fast,anticipate things(like I usually tickle him at the end of a small rhyme,he will start smiling towards the end even before I start to tickle him)feeds himself using his hands-though he don't know to use spoons and forks.He loves watching commercials and will run to TV no matter what he is doing or where he is at that time,will run towards us when we say "lets go bye-bye" no matter what he is doing..so I guess he is not deaf. On the other hand,he doesn't use sign language,he don't point things,he conveys his need by reaching out or jumping or crying.he makes good eye contact with most of the people.He puts everything in his mouth.these are some of the things I consider important in assessing the situation. Please enlighten me whether I am missing something here,I would be more than happy to answer any questions about my son.
-- lux sam, United States 04/25/07
A: Hi,


By what youve mentioned, it surely doesnt sound like autism or even a mild form of it. So dont worry.


Next, almost all kids put things in their mouth - this is a way of figuring out what the thing is. 19 months is not far enough age-wise to stop mouthing things. It may take upto 3 years before the kid realizes he/she shouldnt mouth everything.


You mentioned that he anticipates what ususally happens after his rhyme session - this is surely a major milestone, and one of the major factors to show that he is on track developmentally.


Some kids do have prolems with speech. At least

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Q: I am the proud mommy of a handsome 2 month lil boy!!!! But a very tired one. He has doubled his birth weight and i have only haad him on the breast, he seems to be up almost every hour at night to feed i make sure i keep him up so he gets a long feed at each feeding but i think he id\s not getting fulfilled is it ok to start him on cereal???? I have read taht it should be 15lbs, double birth weight or 4 mnths he has doubled birth weight he now weighs 12lbs but he is not 4 months or 15lbs. I am getting very exhausted with these night feedings and i am worried that he is not getting the rest he needs either. Please help.
-- Stacey, ontario canada 04/15/07
A: Hi Stacey,


Congratualtions on your lil cuddly kid. The answer to question straight away is NO.


You must wait at least till your kid is 4months before you start him on cereal. Their digestive systems arent tough enough to digest anyting other than breast milk or formula.


Yup, getting up and feeding is extremely exhausting, but you need to continue it till he is atleast 3 months. At that point you can wait for 8 hours before a nightime feeding, but till then just remember that time flies.


You can consult your doctor about his weight and if he can go more than 5 -6 hours before a feed

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