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My two-year-old can only just string two words together. Is she delayed?

A simple rule of thumb is that, by their second birthday, children should be speaking in some two word sentences. This may be things like “mummy gone”. Health visitors know to refer children to speech and language therapists at the … Continue reading

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How can I help my child sleep better?

A child not sleeping as early/late/long/peacefully as his or her parents expect is one of the most common topics of conversation in my consultations – even if that was not the main reason for making the appointment!  If the child … Continue reading

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Why has my previously normal 4 year old started to stammer?

5% of children develop stammering (synonym: stuttering) and 80% grow out of it.  It tends to come on around the age of 3 or 4 on the background of normal language development up until that point. It seems that it … Continue reading

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Is it normal for children to have “bow legs”?

Take a look at this graph that shows you that children tend to have slightly bowed legs (“varus” in medical terminology) when they start to walk which should straighten up around the age of 2 and may then “overshoot” into … Continue reading

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What is “sleep myoclonus”?

Some children briefly jerk – usually their hands and feet – while sleeping.  If it only happens when they are asleep and they are otherwise growing and developing normally they need no investigations and no medications.  YouTube has a good … Continue reading

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By what age should a child be walking?

The textbooks will tell you “by 18 months”.  However it does depend a bit on what method of locomotion a child is using before he/she gets up and walks.  15% of children never crawl.  They may do a sort of … Continue reading

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Why do a parenting skills course?

I am a firm believer in parenting skills courses.  Many, if not most, parents of young children nowadays were disciplined physically by their parents when their behaviour was unacceptable.  Parents are now told that that is not an acceptable way to treat … Continue reading

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My baby has a flat head

Most babies with flat heads have something called positional plagiocephaly.  The various “Back to Sleep” campaigns which have happily reduced the incidence of cot deaths have also led to 5-48% of newborns ending up with a rather flat back of their … Continue reading

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