Understanding Developmental Milestones from 2 to 5 Years

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Understanding Developmental Milestones from 2 to 5 Years

Dr. Shipra Mathur - Paediatrician


Jul 19, 2018 | 3 : 00 PM to 4 : 00 PM

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Every parent eagerly waits for his or her child’s milestones. That first time he turns over, the first smile, the first time she sits up, or the first tiny step she takes. And of course, hearing “mama” or “papa” for the first time is music to a parent’s ears. 



CHAT with our Expert Dr. Shipra Mathur, a well renowned Paediatrician and understand "Developmental Milestones from 2 to 5 Years"



Learn from queries from parents with concerns for their child's development, and get answers from our expert. 


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My child is not speaking clearly, she is 3 years old? Is it related to food in any way?

My child is not speaking clearly, she is 3 years old? Is it related to food in any way?

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hi, no it would not be related to diet..please see your doctor /speech therapist for an assessment. 2018-07-19 14:47:04
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what to do to make my three year child active, full of energy and play by herself

what to do to make my three year child active, full of energy and play by herself

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hi, 1. make sure her diet is adequate - 3 main meals and snacks like fruits in between 2. encourage games like puzzles, playdough, board and marker scribbling etc 3. allow for rest/sleep in between 2018-07-19 15:00:02
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l have 3.6 years old girl she is fussy eater n she looks like 2 year baby kya bacche ki growth parei....

l have 3.6 years old girl she is fussy eater n she looks like 2 year baby kya bacche ki growth pareints jaisi hoti hai

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hi, to an extent yes but at this age very nutrition dependent. You may get her assessed by a paediatrician to plot growth, check for nutritional deficiencies and supplement as needed. Continue with your efforts even though she may be fussy now so that at the end of the day, adequate nutrition does reach the body. 2018-07-19 15:08:13
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how to teach finger activities as writing...to 3yr old child?

how to teach finger activities as writing...to 3yr old child?

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hi, you could so with a white board or slate and chunky crayons/chalk and encourage to draw lines, circle and copy. Keep these things in easy reach. can also draw numbers with finger in sand , grains on a plate etc. 2018-07-19 15:11:44
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my daughter is 2 years old. she doest play with toys fir long. what activities can be introduced to....

my daughter is 2 years old. she doest play with toys fir long. what activities can be introduced to her?

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hi, you can play with ball, building blocks with her. some babies enjoy kitchen pots and pans, also scribbling on paper or slate with thick pens/crayons. 2018-07-19 15:14:28
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hi....i hv 2year child she doesnt eat propeely

hi....i hv 2year child she doesnt eat propeely

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hi, if she is fussy you may have to present the food in a way that interests her ..example as finger food..parantha rolled up etc. also, introduce a variety of foods. Eat . together as a family to encourage furthur. 2018-07-19 15:16:53
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my son is 2year old. he has the problem of constipation

my son is 2year old. he has the problem of constipation

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1. increase his fluid intake - more water/juice/coconut water /soup etc 2. Reduce maida stuff like bread /biscuits/cake and more of fresh fruits and vegetables. 3. If in discomfort due to this, consult your doctor for examination and medication. 2018-07-19 15:18:52
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My son use to sleep for 8-10 hours at night and now he keeps waking up in the middle of the night ha....

My son use to sleep for 8-10 hours at night and now he keeps waking up in the middle of the night having tantrums, why is this? We are worried if there is something wrong

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hi, you havent mentioned how old your little one is..is he waking up due to hunger ? make sure he feeds well in the day and sleeps in a restful calm environment. 2018-07-19 15:22:42
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my daughter is 2.6 years old .she is underweight and height .whatcan i do to make her attain normal....

my daughter is 2.6 years old .she is underweight and height .whatcan i do to make her attain normal height n weightaccording to her age

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hi, nutrition plays a big role at this age so make sure her diet is rich in proteins , calcium and vitamins to ensure proper growth. She will follow her genetic makeup too. 2018-07-19 15:24:44
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hi parentune,my child got only upper 4teeth & lower 2,he is 21 months old...i was very much worried

hi parentune,my child got only upper 4teeth & lower 2,he is 21 months old...i was very much worried

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hi, there is a wide variation in their erupting and therefore its not a worry. But would be useful to get the child reviewed by your doctor/dentist for an examination and vitamin D/ calcium if needed. 2018-07-19 15:27:54
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Hello. How to put my 2.4 years daughter sleep on her own? Thank you

Hello. How to put my 2.4 years daughter sleep on her own? Thank you

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hi, you may read to her at bedtime in a quite calm room and make it a routine, same time each night - usually works well. 2018-07-19 15:29:59
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hi my son is 2yr old his weight is 10.7 how to increase his weight?

hi my son is 2yr old his weight is 10.7 how to increase his weight?

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hi, ensure healthy adequate diet - more energy packed dense foods like stuffed paranthas, fruits in yogurt , powdered nuts etc.aim for 3 meals a day with snacks atleast twice in between. 2018-07-19 15:31:50
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hello doctor! my toddler is 21 months old, her weight is 10 kgs, bw 2.58 kgs. She has food diversion....

hello doctor! my toddler is 21 months old, her weight is 10 kgs, bw 2.58 kgs. She has food diversion and doesnot eat anything without distraction feeding of rhymes and tv. She eats very less and hardly takes 1 meal properly each day, still on porridge like cerelac mainly. please guide me how to make her eat good food without fuss..i am very tensed, she is anaemic also..i have a 1 month old baby also so she sees the baby and wants to breastfeed all the time and doesn't want to eat...tia

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hi, yes, there is scope to do better with her food and weight gain. If she is anaemic, she may need iron supplements which also help to increase appetite. Give her more of dense nutritious food like stuffed paranthas, fruit in yogurt, banana shake, veggies in porridge etc. 2018-07-19 15:35:08
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My son is 2 years old. Doesn't talk yet. If someone insists very much, then only talks mum, pa, ba......

My son is 2 years old. Doesn't talk yet. If someone insists very much, then only talks mum, pa, ba...

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hi, you may need to see his doctor for an assessment , may need a hearing test and speech therapy input. Take care 2018-07-19 15:44:04
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my child is 4 plus his eating habita are very poor. he dnt eat himself. he dnt have his food. moreov....

my child is 4 plus his eating habita are very poor. he dnt eat himself. he dnt have his food. moreover he suffers from constipation on every season change.

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hi , you will have to increase his fluid and fibre intake to avoid constipation. Eat with him at the family table, encourage to try new foods and persevere- is the only way to improve their habits. 2018-07-19 15:46:14
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hi my son is 4.3 years old, i am worried that he is learning some bad habits from school, though i k....

hi my son is 4.3 years old, i am worried that he is learning some bad habits from school, though i keep reminding him that it's not good, he still keeps doing things, how do i teach him??

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hi, he needs your reinforcing and explaining to him more frequently..you could do it each day at the end of the day. have a chat with his teacher to see how much of a problem it is. 2018-07-19 15:48:30
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my 4 year old dayghter so stubborn she s not listen to anyone she did not do homework ?

my 4 year old dayghter so stubborn she s not listen to anyone she did not do homework ?

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hi shalini, tackle her with patience and explaining. be firm about some things so that she gets the message too! 2018-07-19 15:52:45
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my baby is 9 months old and i started joining my job. My mother in law is taking care of my baby, ia....

my baby is 9 months old and i started joining my job. My mother in law is taking care of my baby, iam really very worried about my baby. I also have a baby of 3 years but i am not worried about him as he is grown up. After going to home i will start giving milk is it ok, or causes any problem by giving milk at night. Should i have to stop giving milk. He always have the problem of motion, his motion smells and will be very whitish or greenish yellowish and creamy type. How can i manage this problem as it have motion about 6-7 times. Thanks in advance.

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hi, the motions dont seem to be a problem - 6-7 times and greenish is also ok . watery or white motions or with blood would need a doctor's review. it is fine to feed when you are around,give expressed milk or formula feed when away and increase solid intake. 2018-07-19 15:56:04
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my child is 4 years old and he says that he have pain in legs and hands is it due to some nutrition....

my child is 4 years old and he says that he have pain in legs and hands is it due to some nutrition deficiency and he is also have less weight from other child of his age tell me what to for his proper growth?

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hi, these may be growing pains or related to iron / vitamin deficiency...best to have him assessed by your doctor who can examine and prescribe accordingly. 2018-07-19 15:57:32
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my daughter rayhana,she's 3 years old complete in next month , some days she's tell in after food....

my daughter rayhana,she's 3 years old complete in next month , some days she's tell in after food time , pain in she' s stomach . what's i do mam? please a suggestion?

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hi, you may need to deworm her - please check with your doctor. If not associated with watery stools/fever etc, not so much of a worry. Take care, 2018-07-19 15:59:10
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Hi,My son is 3years and 4 months he cannot firm a sentence and talk.He is going to a play school whe....

Hi,My son is 3years and 4 months he cannot firm a sentence and talk.He is going to a play school where he has picked up few words and he tries to speak.Is it something to worry do we have to see the speach and hearing doctor.

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Hi, children learn at different rates and he does seem to be picking up new words; but still advisable to see a speech therapist/hearing now. 2018-07-19 16:01:04
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Mam..what should be the proper weight of a healthy child ofages 6,3& 1years respectively?

Mam..what should be the proper weight of a healthy child ofages 6,3& 1years respectively?

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hi, depends on if its a boy/girl... 1 year old - 10 kg. 3 years- 14 and 6 years 21 kg or so. 2018-07-19 16:03:13
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hi mam my daughter is 3.7 yr old she is adamant for wearing dress and eating food.. what can be done....

hi mam my daughter is 3.7 yr old she is adamant for wearing dress and eating food.. what can be done to overcome this?

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hi, you will have to be gentle and firm at the same time ! you can allow her to dress as per her choice mostly but for food insist on finishing and eating what is offered. Take care 2018-07-19 16:06:16
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my one and half month bby is pushhing soo much jor bhot krti he how can i do mem?

my one and half month bby is pushhing soo much jor bhot krti he how can i do mem?

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is she doing so to pass motion ..? 2018-07-19 16:07:13
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my son is 5.5 years old now... his weight is 18.6 is it normal?

my son is 5.5 years old now... his weight is 18.6 is it normal?

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My son is 21 months old..he achieved his all the milestones before tym..he understands evrything..an....

My son is 21 months old..he achieved his all the milestones before tym..he understands evrything..and ws very attentive too..bt since 2 months he hs worms..nw medication hs been done..his activities hv changed..he hears me but nt alz..is dt cz of worms??and one more thing he speaks lot of words bt Mumma Health Drink or 2 word phrases he cannot..is dt normal?he is trying nw and sayin many meaningless words..

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The hearing issue would not be due to worms..please get a hearing test done for him - may explain speech concerns too. 2018-07-19 16:13:05
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Hello....Mera beta 3 sal ka hai kuchh v khata pita ni hai..agar pura din kuchh na khilaun to ni mang....

Hello....Mera beta 3 sal ka hai kuchh v khata pita ni hai..agar pura din kuchh na khilaun to ni mangta khane ko.use khane pine me kuchh v pasand ni hai...he is very inteligent boy and very active boy ..uska weight 10.5kg hai...or din me ni sulaun uske bat v rat me 2 bje tk sota hai....Mai Kya krun plz help me..

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hi Khushboo, you will need to make him sit with the family and eat together. Be firm about bringing in some discipline too now. If these measures have not been working, do see your doctor once for an examination and need for any supplements at this time. Give more dense food like stuffed paranthas, fruit in yogurt, veggies in dal rice etc. 2018-07-19 16:16:34
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my 3.5 yrs old daughter speaks a lot but she doesn't reply to questions and has trouble wid two wa....

my 3.5 yrs old daughter speaks a lot but she doesn't reply to questions and has trouble wid two way communication. she only replies to me .she is quiet moody as well.what to do?

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hi jaya, it would be advisable to see a speech therapist for an assessment. Take care, 2018-07-19 16:21:49
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My son three yrs old. He has problem of sneezing after bath and some time all day with running nose.....

My son three yrs old. He has problem of sneezing after bath and some time all day with running nose.

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he seems to have an allergic tendency. Usually this type is not severe but If its particularly problematic, you may need to give an anti allergic medicine . 2018-07-19 16:24:54
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hi mam. how should we entertain the kid at home the whole day...he is bored of old toys...

hi mam. how should we entertain the kid at home the whole day...he is bored of old toys...

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hi, how old is your child... use books, colours, puzzles , play dough. .. 2018-07-19 16:26:35
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My baby is 3.6 yr old and no interest in food atall. What should i do?

My baby is 3.6 yr old and no interest in food atall. What should i do?

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Eat together as a family with him, make it interesting in shape/colour , finger foods . Let him watch you in the kitchen, hold fruits /veggies etc. If none of this has helped at all, some children have actual food aversion and may need an assessment by a developmental paediatrician for it. 2018-07-19 16:29:39
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hello doc, my son is two year and nine months old but he doesn't speak before one week after much af....

hello doc, my son is two year and nine months old but he doesn't speak before one week after much affort he has started saying one two three but after two three days he has stopped saying that too. what should I do?

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hi Prachi, it is advisable to get him examined by your doctor/ hearing test and speech therapy input as needed. 2018-07-19 16:30:56
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Hi.... my child is 3 yrs. He doesn't play on ground & not wid his aged children. Does not mixed wid....

Hi.... my child is 3 yrs. He doesn't play on ground & not wid his aged children. Does not mixed wid others easily. Also don't play wid toys more dan a min. What to do to get him busy & mix wid others?

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hi, try other things that may interest him ...colouring. puzzles , ball ..play dough Encourage to play with family , cousins first. invite one friend over initially to get him comfortable playing with. 2018-07-19 16:40:10
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arrange playdates with other kids . 2018-07-19 16:41:20
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my 2 years old daughter falls ill frequently like she catches cold very easily. what should i give h....

my 2 years old daughter falls ill frequently like she catches cold very easily. what should i give her to Health Drink her immunity?

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hi, regular nutritious food rich in proteins and vitamins like vitamin c as in fruits. vegetables, eggs, meat, lentils. avoid common triggers as the cold may be allergic. 2018-07-19 16:43:38
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Hai madam. my diughter is turn 3yr of next month but still she is not eating peoperly and not chiwin....

Hai madam. my diughter is turn 3yr of next month but still she is not eating peoperly and not chiwing and eating one spoon and one sip water like that she is eating always wt to do madam. she adicted mobile for any time wt can do plz suggest me mam. thx

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hi, you will have to remove /hide the mobile ..use it less in front of her . Eat your meals together as a family and encourage to try new foods also , presented attractively. will have to work on it and you will see improvement eventually ! 2018-07-19 15:38:31
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hello Dr. , my son is 1 year 9 month old. he speak only 10 words. sometimes he try new word but not....

hello Dr. , my son is 1 year 9 month old. he speak only 10 words. sometimes he try new word but not for longer time. I think he have some problems of tongue tie. plz suggest we should consult with Dr. or wait.

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hi, yes if you suspect tongue tie please get it checked by your doctor. 2018-07-19 15:40:22
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hello, my son is 2.1 year old and not eating properly i always struggle with his feeding habits....h....

hello, my son is 2.1 year old and not eating properly i always struggle with his feeding habits....he likes few options(rice with veg stew) and stick on it ....i m trying new food(egg, chicken, dal ) but he always rejects. what to do not gaining wait..

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hi, dont worry..they can be quite fussy but you keep trying and reintroduce after a few days again. You may present it attractively and eat together as a famliy to encourage him. 2018-07-19 15:42:46
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my 3.5 yr old daughter has suddenly stopped eating..her diet has reduced to less than half of what....

my 3.5 yr old daughter has suddenly stopped eating..her diet has reduced to less than half of what she used to eat earlier..I am giving her bevon syrup as vitamin supplement..initially her appetite increased but after a month it has reduced drastically ..plz suggest what to do

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hi, if it appears to be quite drastic, please see your doctor once for an examination and need for any tests like iron deficiency etc. encourage her to be active - physical activity also drives appetite. 2018-07-19 15:50:40
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how to overcome food diversion which is mainly because of force feeding by mil when i am in office

how to overcome food diversion which is mainly because of force feeding by mil when i am in office

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hi Panchalima, is always a bit tricky ! Have a discussion with your mil about working together to get the child's food habits on track.. 2018-07-19 16:48:35
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My Baby is 26 months old. He freshens Up daily in the morning. But still goes again in the midaftern....

My Baby is 26 months old. He freshens Up daily in the morning. But still goes again in the midafternoon. Almost Daily. rare chances that he goes only one time in a day. Also, He is not gaining considerable weight.

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HI megha, the motion habit is ok - not a concern. For weight gain,best to have it checked over a period of time regularly to assess. If indeed less, focus on giving more dense foods like stuffed paranthas, fruit in yogurt, banana shakes, veggies mixed in porridge etc. 2018-07-19 16:19:31
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As u said hearing test for my kid who hs worms..his hearing test is done..itz ok.

As u said hearing test for my kid who hs worms..his hearing test is done..itz ok.

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Regarding questions no 31 2018-07-19 16:50:45
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hi Pragya, that the hearing is normal is good ! You could wait till he is 2 years to see how the language is progressing.. generally single words only at this stage. 2018-07-19 16:51:28
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I asked whht dere is lil bit change in his behaviour cz of worms..dt he might b feelin unwell to concentrate 2018-07-19 16:51:30
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Ok thnx a lot. God bless u.. Bt hearing test was done wen he was born 2018-07-19 16:52:09
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usually not seen so 2018-07-19 16:52:18
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Ok 2018-07-19 16:52:26
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take care ! 2018-07-19 16:52:34
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Hearing test done at birth tym 2018-07-19 16:52:50
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ok, in that case, can be repeated again if you feel that he does not seem to be able to listen and respond at times 2018-07-19 16:53:39
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God bless u wid everything U relieved me Bt he hears everything dt is 100 percent..cz I said to clap he clps..wtevr I said he did 2018-07-19 16:53:43
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sure, thank you ! 2018-07-19 16:54:05
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Prblm is nt alz he hears me 2018-07-19 16:54:13
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is he able to hear soft sounds too ? 2018-07-19 16:54:31
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Yes 2018-07-19 16:55:04
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ok, that's fine then . ok to wait and see :) 2018-07-19 16:55:34
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Wen I sing ryhmes he use to laugh on certain words evn if I sing very softly 2018-07-19 16:55:43
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I said to tk his milk he goes nd tkes 2018-07-19 16:56:26
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follows instructions - thats appropriate too. 2018-07-19 16:57:37
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Ok thank you Mata Rani bless u 2018-07-19 16:59:16
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Bt he does nt follow instructions too I think itz his nature 2018-07-19 16:59:38
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my daughter anam 2.10yrs going to play school ..very fussy eater..n often get tired.doesnt want to w....

my daughter anam 2.10yrs going to play school ..very fussy eater..n often get tired.doesnt want to walk at all...pls suugest apart from tht she finds mobile tv more interesting than books n other activities..how to divert her mind.

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hi, you will have to remove /hide mobile and restrict tv etc so that she has to play with other things. Food habits - try and eat together as a family, encourage her to try new foods...once the eating picks up , tiredness etc will also be less. 2018-07-19 16:37:16
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helo mam,,my daughter is 2.9yrs old but she is very weak healthwise,,and not eating as well,,even an....

helo mam,,my daughter is 2.9yrs old but she is very weak healthwise,,and not eating as well,,even and her complexion is not fair,,and i am also worried about her flat foot,,,please suggest what to do,,thank you,,,

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hi , growth and skin/hair are linked to good nutrition. Once that improves, rest will follow. Make her food nutritious - eggs, protein as in dal, vegetables, fruit in yogurt etc . Flat foot is not a worry but will need examination by your doctor to see how severe it is and if it needs anything doing or not. 2018-07-19 16:46:47

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