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14 Feb 2014

Worried About 3 year old not talking much or swallowing solids
I gave birth to triplets in December 2010, born at 28 weeks. I lost one of my babies to kidney failure. My other two babies have been relatively well, or so their paediatrician has advised on consultation. My boys still aren't keen to eat solids. The one won't swallow anything unless it is smooth. I give them finger foods all the time. He will keep it in his mouth, chew it a bit and then spit it out, but never swallows. Meal times are always a problem. Whilst his brother is speaking fluently, he isn't. He does say words and tries sentences, but his speech still isn't clear. he isn't pronouncing his words clearly like his brother does. is this a sign of a problem? Or am i just comparing them, when I shouldn't? he is also much more playful than his brother. For instance, I can teach his brother things like shapes and the parts of the body, but he isn't interested. He will just continue singing, or playing with his toys. I am not really sure if I am expecting too much from him, or if he is a bit behind in milestones. Am also not sure if he needs to be checked out for not wanting to swallow and could have some digestive system issues. After birth, he would throw up the milk he tube fed. The paed always thought it could be an infection. But when he came home, he still vomited often, often projectile vomiting and it always comes out his nose. Mentioned this many times to paed, who told me he is putting on weight, so nothing to be worried about. I just don't feel right about this, and am very worried about my little munchkin. I am very scared actually of maybe finding out something is wrong. Please advise.
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childhood diseases

17 Feb 2014

Children not wanting to swallow coarse food is common especially in children under 2 years, but not as common in 3 year olds. Your young son 's speech is lagging behind his brothers but this could be normal for him.  A child born at 28 weeks and one of triplets should have a formal developmental assessment done. Please ask your paediatrician to refer your son for this assessment.

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