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Baby is 20 months old but has not started talking. What to do?

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My baby is 20 months old now. He is not yet started talking. He says letters like ba. Ka. Etc.
do i need to do any tests for him. He responds to sound.

Posted Thu, 10 Oct 2013 in Child Health
Answered by Dr. Uma Rajah Ananth 14 minutes later
Brief Answer:
hearing test mandatory as first line

Detailed Answer:

Yes usually boys talk little later than girl babies.

Some boys talk by 3 years also!!!!

He has to say by now a few more words.

You can do the following.

1 get his hearing tested

2 have a thyroid function blood test done.

3 talk to him frequently.

4 use one language all the time ( mother tongue) by all care givers.

5 use recorded kids nursery rhymes. In video or DVDs and let him listen.

6 I assume he is a normal child otherwise since birth( with no neonatal problems)!

Good luck

God bless


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Follow-up: Baby is 20 months old but has not started talking. What to do? 35 hours later
Thanks for the advice doctor. Hearing test is already done and it is normal.
I will get the thyroid test done and share the results with you.
Will surely try the other steps too

Answered by Dr. Uma Rajah Ananth 5 hours later
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All the best.

I am sure your child will soon tart talking and you will wonder when huge will stop!!!!!

This happens too often!!!!!

Keep trying and talking!

Grandparents will help a lot in this.

Dr Uma
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