Speech delay is the most common developmental disorder among preschool age children and is different than language delays. Speech delay can be caused by some common medical problems such as ear infections, fluid in the ears, tongue tie or enlarged adenoids.
It is important to watch the milestones in your child’s speech and consult an ENT doctor if you have any concerns. Milestones to look for your in child are:
6 months to 1 year: Babbling and 1-2 words such as momma, dada.
1 year – 2 years: 20-50 words, can put 2 words together.
2 years – 3 years: Small sentences and can be understood by family.
3 years – 4 years: Intelligible to most and sentences with 4 or more words.
Swallowing problems (dysphagia) can be from simple causes such as ill-fitting dentures, a common cold or poor oral dental health. Gastroesophageal reflux is one of the most common causes and it occurs when the stomach acid moves up the esophagus causing discomfort.
When swallowing problems are persistent, it is important to see a head and neck surgeon for an examination and treatment. Dr. Schleiffarth and Dr. Howard can help diagnose and treat swallowing problems among all age groups.