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Ear Infections and Speech Delay

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My daughter had recurring ear infections from age 4 months to 8 months. When one went away, another came back a few days later. After natural treatments including a chiropractor didn't help and far too many rounds of antibiotics, we had tubes put in. Now at 23 months, we haven't had an ear infection since and her tubes have since fallen out. My concern is that my daughter's speech is delayed compared to other children her age. She might have 30 words that she uses pretty often, but not all of the time, and has repeated others, but does not use them on her own. She does not combine words. Sometimes words she uses sound different. At 18 momths our doc said to wait until 24 months to see if she needs to be evaluated. In the meantime, I am worried and curious. Is it normal to be delayed a few months due to those ear infections? Or do children usually make up for that lost time? She is a very smart girl in every other aspect. She seems to hear well too and nothing was mentioned at her one year follow up appointment for tubes. Thanks!
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This delay could be expected due to the ear infections. But I would ask your doctor about a hearing test and speech eval if things haven't progressed at your two year appt. Just because it's expected doesn't mean you shouldn't do something about it.

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Thank you for your response! She had a huge leap in her speech about a week before she turned two. Pretty amazing. Thankfully her doctor had no concerns at her checkup.
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