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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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My son aged 5 yrs has stammering problem nowadays..tht too developed very recently...he takes lot of effort as if he couldn't breathe properly while starting speech..wht could be the reason for my son's speech problem and how can we correct it?     
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Dr here
User :   Hi Dr
User :   xxxx here
Doctor :   Let me read your query
User :   this is regarding stammering prblm of my son
Doctor :   Does he have any breathing problem also?
User :   no
User :   he has cough
Doctor :   Since how long is he having cough?
User :   one week
User :   this prblm strtd since last saturday
Doctor :   Any other associated problems?
User :   no
User :   he is good in studies and all other activities
Doctor :   Is there any family history of stammering?
User :   no
User :   he says he can't say anything
Doctor :   Since how long is he showing these symptoms?
User :   since last saturday
Doctor :   ok
User :   suddenly he stopped his talk
User :   and startd thinking a lot
User :   b4 strtng speech
Doctor :   Never interrupt him in between when he stammers
User :   ok
Doctor :   and dont let him feel that it is something serious
Doctor :   encourage him to speak
User :   what could be the reason for tht
User :   any other physical cause for this sudden onset of stammering
Doctor :   Sometimes prolonged cough and cold can lead to this.
Doctor :   Is he taking any medications for cough?
User :   yes
Doctor :   Since how long?
User :   he is taking antibiotics too
Doctor :   ok
User :   5 days
Doctor :   Give him hot water steam to clear the condestion
User :   also Cetrizine and Ambroxol
Doctor :   Wait for few days until the cough clears up
User :   and Nasivion twice a day
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   Encourage him to speak
User :   he is struggling a lot b4 strtng speech
Doctor :   And show to your that you are interested in listening what he wants to
User :   as if he can't breathe in
Doctor :   Get him examined by a pediatrician to rule out if there is any breathing problem or not.
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   He may ask some investigations to rule out any pathology
User :   ok
Doctor :   And also refer to a Speech Therapist
Doctor :   if required
User :   is thr any side effect for these medicines?
Doctor :   Sometimes speech therapy works wonders for some children
User :   ok
Doctor :   No not as such any effects related to atammering
Doctor :   *stammering
User :   he had clear voice and fluent speech
User :   but this happened so suddenly
User :   and worsens after coming from school
Doctor :   Ask him to read paragraphs stories and then notice is the same or not
Doctor :   Ask his friends to speak often to him
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