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Is it normal for my 3 year old son to stutter frequently?

Is it normal for my 3 year old son to stutter frequently?

Yes: Mild stuttering is normal up to 5 yrs of age. Note if it happens mostly when exited or trying to say "too much too quickly". If severe, it might warrant evaluation before 5 yrs of age. ...Read more

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Dr. Jay Lefer
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Stuttering (Definition)

Stuttering affects the fluency of speech. It begins during childhood and, in some cases continues until adulthood. It is characterized by disruptions in the production of speech ...Read more


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My 3 year old son has been taking loratadine for hayfever for the last 2 weeks and in that time has developed a stutter which got progressively worse?

My 3 year old son has been taking loratadine for hayfever for the last 2 weeks and in that time has developed a stutter which got progressively worse?

Likely unrelated: 3yo kids often go through a transient period of stuttering that may last a few months. I can't attribute this to the med because it doesn't enter the brain like some antihistamines do. You can certainly stop for a few weeks and see if it fades and restarts when he is on it. That would be cause/effect evidence. If it just fades when he comes off you won't know if it would have anyway ...Read more

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My three year old fell and cut open that required gluing his head. yesterday since has experienced headaches and started stuttering?

My three year old fell and cut open that required gluing his head.  yesterday since has experienced headaches and started stuttering?

Common/not so: It is common for kids to have episodic headaches related to simple head trauma for up to a few weeks afterward.These can approach migraine intensity occasionally. They then fade. Stuttering is not a common sequellae to such trauma but can show up at that age, last a few months & gradually disappear. Please do not focus on the stuttering or try to correct him.If not gone in 2-3 mo have him seen. ...Read more

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My 3 year old has been stuttering for a few months. Mostly when he is excited. Should I seek a speech therapist? What can I do to help?

Be patient: Many go through a transient stuttering phase at that age.It lasts a few months and fades.Try to be patient with him and do not call him out/correct him or complete his sentences. Discuss this with your doc at any future visit and s/he can sample his speech patterns.Many school districts offer free "child find" services for 3 and older to look at speech issues. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a 3 year old who all the sudden started stuttering, what can cause this a little worried?

Relax. Don't put any: pressure on your child to "spit it out." Age 2-5 is the age of dysfluency. If it goes on for more than 6 months, have a Speech/Language Pathologist evaluate your child. ...Read more

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My three year old son does not like eating a whole meal.Only likes milk.What can I substitute for a normal healthy growth?

My three year old son does not like eating a whole meal.Only likes milk.What can I substitute for a normal healthy growth?

Hints: Children dont eat much at his age, but you can get more into jim if you let him graze instead of a formal meal. Secondly have him help you prepare meals and third go easy on the milk because it is only bloating him. ...Read more

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I gave my three year old son Miralax (polyethylene glycol) once last week to help with mild constipation and his stool has been loose and green for about 5-6 days ever since. Is that normal? Should I be concerned?

I gave my three year old son Miralax (polyethylene glycol) once last week to help with mild constipation and his stool has been loose and green for about 5-6 days ever since. Is that normal? Should I be concerned?

Possibly miralax (polyethylene glycol) : The color of this poo is normal and nothing to worry about. What dose of miralax (polyethylene glycol) did he get? It would not be unusual for miraax to cause several days of loose stools. Is his belly distended? Any blood in the stool? Any exposures to reptiles or family members cooking chitlins? Another alternative to miralax (polyethylene glycol) is mineral oil to soften stools without the associated "blowouts" we see with miralax (polyethylene glycol). ...Read more

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Is it normal for my 3 year old son to produce a lot of ear wax?!?! my son seems to produce so much ear wax that it just oozes out of his ears.

Is it normal for my 3 year old son to produce a lot of ear wax?!?! my son seems to produce so much ear wax that it just oozes out of his ears.

Ear wax: Everyone produces a different amount of ear wax. The ear is designed to move the ear wax out of the ear. Does not mean anything is wrong when they produce alot. If this is something that just started, however, it may be an outer ear infection. ...Read more

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My 3 year old son had to be reminded to swallow do he doesn't drool. Is this normal for a 3yo?

My 3 year old son had to be reminded to swallow do he doesn't drool. Is this normal for a 3yo?

Not Choking?: If your child is not choking then this may cause psychological trauma. I would not be 'reminding' him. Let' have this child's pediatrician involved in this process and how to manage the child at home. ...Read more

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My 3 year old son been having big lumps to come in his head and turn into sores and when i press down on them he said it hurts. He have three. Please ?

My 3 year old son been having big lumps to come in his head and turn into sores and when i press down on them he said it hurts. He have three. Please ?

Head lesions: spontaneous lesions on a child that are causing pain is a concern. please take your child to a pediatrician to get this evaluated. to help you the most a physician needs to see the actual lesion and if needed perform a biopsy. ...Read more

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My 3 year old son have a high fever for three days and just started vomiting today.. His sister has a fever also. What could this be? What should I do

My 3 year old son have a high fever for three days and just started vomiting today.. His sister has a fever also. What could this be? What should I do

Probably viral but..: It is impossible to know for certain from these symptoms, but the most likely cause is a viral infection, possibly roseola, which is common in 3 yo's & has high fever with few other symptoms (though vomiting can be one of them). Classically the fever goes away after 3-5 days & then a rash appears, so it may be hard to know if he has this for a couple more days. Please see "comment" below for more. ...Read more

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I got three dissolvable stitches in my upper lip two days ago. My 3 year old son just head butted me and one the stitches is loose. What do I do?

I got three dissolvable stitches in my upper lip two days ago. My 3 year old son just head butted me and one the stitches is loose. What do I do?

Head butt: Ok, take a look at the wound. Are the edges of skin touching each other? Is there a space large enough to slip a dime into? One loose stitch is no problem as long as the wound looks ok and you're not seeing a gap in the skin. If there is any question, we are happy to look at it in a Prime visit with photos! Sorry about the head butt! Those hurt! ...Read more

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My 3 year old son has a fever of 103 and an extremely rapid heart rate, but no other symptoms. Is the rapid heart rate normal or do I need to go er?

My 3 year old son has a fever of 103 and an extremely rapid heart rate, but no other symptoms. Is the rapid heart rate normal or do I need to go er?

Normal increase: Thhe effect of fever on a kids system includes an acceleration of the heart rate by about 10 beats/min per degree fahrenheight. There is also an increase in the breathing rate by 5 breaths/min. If all you have is fever and the natural heard and breathing response, a fever reducer and observation is in order.A regullar office visit later is fine if you decide to. ...Read more

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My 3 year old son has been diagnosed with a inflamed caruncle (corner of his eye is red no discharge). Is this normal? They want him to take steriods

My 3 year old son has been diagnosed with a inflamed caruncle (corner of his eye is red no discharge).  Is this normal? They want him to take steriods

No: It is not normal that is why that want to treat it. The decision to use steroids in the eye is best left to an Ophthalmologist, or in consultation with one. In this case I do not know who prescribed it. ...Read more

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I have a 3 year old son that when he gets mad or screams, the vein in his neck pops out and looks like a marble Is it normal?

I have a 3 year old son that when he gets mad or screams, the vein in his neck pops out and looks like a marble Is it normal?

Neck veins: Greetings. The pattern of your son's neck vein presentation is completely normal and nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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I have a 3 year old son, and have been on bc pills. I was due to start a new pack but decided to get off of them to conceive. My period, which should have been normal was less than 48 hours and is normally 4 days. Too early for a test but i'm thinking i s

I have a 3 year old son, and have been on bc pills. I was due to start a new pack but decided to get off of them to conceive. My period, which should have been normal was less than 48 hours and is normally 4 days. Too early for a test but i'm thinking i s

Not too early 4 UPT!: Urine pregnancy tests (upts) have a 90% sensitivity for pregnancy detection even within one day of late period; this increases to 99-100% after a week of missed period. Take Folic Acid 1-5 mg daily and check a upt soon to put your mind a ease. You should see your gynecologist for preconceptional care. ...Read more

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Parents of a 3-year-old boy noticed that their son was walking on his toes and had a waddling gait. Normal?

Parents of a 3-year-old boy noticed that their son was walking on his toes and had a waddling gait. Normal?

Not necessarily: Your pediatrician is an ideal person to see as soon as possible. If this is a new finding or one he never outgrew, it may prove very important to have him checked out. All the best... ...Read more

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My son is 3 year old and he woke up with a very toxic smell of poop not a normal smell what can it be?

My son is 3 year old and he woke up with a very toxic smell of poop not a normal smell  what can it be?

Is he well?: If your three year old is well, this probably represents a dietary misadventure. If the child has signs of illness: fever, lassitude, not eating, vomiting; then sheer medical attention. ...Read more

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