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My DD received her second MMR shot and not only got a large swollen leg and a mild fever but it seems that she has started stuttering all the time regardless of what is going on. It is concerning since stuttering could be indicative of brain swelling. Of course my doctor says there is no correlation. Has any one else had a similar reaction? What did you do? Thank you I am very concerned.
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My son started stuttering abruptly last year, not from a vaccination, it was a different cause. For him, it was a sign of poor detoxification (we've got health things going on, it wasn't just out of the blue) and I fiddled with our supplements to make it go away. I think it's an important outward symptom of things being amiss internally. There are people in a lot of different health specialties who may be able to help, our HCP has a strong background in environmental medicine.
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My son also stuttered for awhile (when he was 3), and it was not related to vaccines. I think it was just a matter of his mind getting ahead of his physical ability to talk (he could talk fine before, and talks great now).
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Yes, my son started stuttering after vaccination, it was the regular flu vaccine when he was 3 years old, thank God in my son's case it only lasted a small period of time, since then he gest no more vaccines.
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that's a difficult one. who knows..it could be the vaccine. however, my daughter, who is pretty above average in language skills, stuttered for a few weeks sometime between 2 & 3. no vaxes here. apparently, it's pretty common.
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Don't know if it's the vax, but stuttering is normal for kids. My daughter started talking at 4 months and began stuttering when she was 3. My son didn't start talking until he was 2 1/2 and began stuttering a few months later. It lasted a little while but finally went away. I know a number of moms who said their kids did the same thing. Hang in there!
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My son is 3 years old and was very fluent. However after the flu shot he started stuttering. For those moms whose children stuttered after a vaccine, how long did the stuttering last?
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Stuttering at age 3 is a normal developmental behavior and resolves on its own. If this happened outside of age 3, I'd probably explore it more.
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My son is almost 2 1/2 and has started stuttering as well. He has never been vaxed. He has been advanced in his language skills and I read that at the ages of 2-3 it is very normal. My oldest (17 yo) stuttered also when he was 2 and he outgrew it. It is called developmental dysfluency. Their brains are going faster than their mouths, or something like that. Everything I read says that if it doesn't go away in 6 months you should go to a specialist. I was thinking I wouldn't worry about it until it has been about 3-4 months. My son has been doing it now about 1 month. I don't want to make a big deal of it, but I don't want to miss helping him if it is a true case of stuttering and not just a developmental thing. I read that you should always look them in the eye and never finish their sentences for them. Also looked pleased when they are talking and do not look annoyed or upset because this will upset them. Read to them alot and talk about what you are doing as you go through your daily activities. Don't make them say things over and over till they get it right, just act normal basically. These are things I am trying to do for him. I hope this helps some.
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Stuttering at age 3 is a normal developmental behavior and resolves on its own. .
Not always. My ds needed speech therapy to get him over his stuttering.

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DD#1 did the same thing at about 3. Now at 4.5 she no longer stutters and talks as clear as an 8-9 year old. Her J/K teacher was shocked at our first meeting about her speech abilities.

Funny to see when the other one is 19 months and can't say anything yet lol.. its so weird

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Not always. My ds needed speech therapy to get him over his stuttering.
true, but in most cases it does. Its something to be brought to the attention of a medical professional if it doesn't resolve itself.

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My son who started stuttering at 3.5 years old was completely fluent and had a very large vocabulary. Then he started stuttering the same day he received his flu shot. He gets stuck on words with Th, w, and, t and I. We're hoping it clears up. Any suggestions?? Does anyone know how long this will last?
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my daughters lasted about 5 or 6 months

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My son also stuttered for awhile (when he was 3), and it was not related to vaccines. I think it was just a matter of his mind getting ahead of his physical ability to talk (he could talk fine before, and talks great now).
Same here, SwanMom.

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I would be very interested if you have ever found out any info this matter.  My six year old son had his kindergaten shots and has developed a sever stutter since recieving the shots.......  I do think there is a connection and I am looking for any info available on this toipic.

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I would be very interested if you have ever found out any info this matter.  My six year old son had his kindergaten shots and has developed a sever stutter since recieving the shots.......  I do think there is a connection and I am looking for any info available on this toipic.

have you taken him to a neurologist for this? or gotten any advice? what did his dr say when you told him your son developed a stutter after vaxing? Did he deny any correlation? Did you file a report with VAERS?

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Just had my son vaxed with the flu shot last week and the stuttering began. I don't know if it is a coincidence or as a result of the shot. Very concerned. Anyone see the stuttering go away after having started with the flu shot?

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How long did the stuttering last?

Any info would help.

Thanks.

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Stuttering may or may not resolve on its own, but either way, it is NOT normal.

 

Did your child receive any other vaccines other than MMR?  Stuttering can be a form of a tic disorder, which is known to be caused by thimerosal exposure.  There is no thimerosal in the MMR--but 90% of flu shots ARE preserved with thimerosal, including those given to pregnant women.

 

It is possible that the MMR may have somehow exacerbated or triggered something else that in turn was caused by thimerosal exposure from a vaccine you received while pregnant, or some other form of mercury poisoning, such as eating a lot of tuna, or some paint/varnish fumes.  There is also a possiblity that other heavy metal exposure, such as aluminum (an adjuvant used in most vaccines), might be linked with tic disorders as well.  We are only just now finding out that aluminum can have severe neurological and autoimmune effects.  Apparently, severe effects from its use were never studied until very recently.  Like thimerosal, it was considered "GRAS," or "Generally Regarded As Safe," in spite of no studies.

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Yes, exactly the same.  My Grandson got the shots - big lump on his leg and started stuttering.

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Of course, get it checked out if you are worried - most stutters improve with therapy, it can be addressed.  But it's completely developmentally normal for young children to stutter for a while between ages 2 and 6.  They outgrow it.  In most cases, it's not a meaningful phenomena.  Some kids stutter for longer, or even for life.  On their own, speech impediments are not a big deal. 

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Of course, get it checked out if you are worried - most stutters improve with therapy, it can be addressed.  But it's completely developmentally normal for young children to stutter for a while between ages 2 and 6.  They outgrow it.  In most cases, it's not a meaningful phenomena.  Some kids stutter for longer, or even for life.  On their own, speech impediments are not a big deal. 

I agree with everything except the bolded.

 

Speech impediments beyond the normal developmental period (2-6) are a big deal.

 

The few teens and adults I have encountered who really stutter (not just stumble over words from time to time) were clearly upset and embarrassed by it.   It can affect the ability to speak in public, which affect the jobs one can do.

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It can be upsetting and embarrassing, and it does have an impact on the ability to speak publicly. But people with stutters lead normal lives and function well independently. On the grand scale of things that can go wrong with the human brain, a stutter is relatively minor.
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http://www.anxietyzone.com/conditions/stuttering.html

"Much of what constitutes "stuttering" cannot be observed by the listener; this includes such things as sound and word fears, situational fears, anxiety, tension, shame, and a feeling of "loss of control" during speech. The emotional state of the individual who stutters in response to the stuttering often constitutes the most difficult aspect of the disorder...."

"Stutters can be acquired late in life, usually through a stroke or other brain trauma...". [Well, we know that the MMR can cause brain damage, as per the cases compensated by the US government, so it is not inconceivable that it can cause a stutter. We also know that infants given higher doses of thimerosal have a higher rate of vocal tics, so there may be a causal relationships there as well.]

"In addition to personal feelings of shame or anxiety, outside discrimination is still a significant problem for stutterers. The vast majority of stutterers experience or have experienced bullying, harassment, or ridicule to some degree during their school years, with this trend usually carrying over into the workplace."

[So, if stuttering in some people turns turns out to be a form of vaccine-induced brain damage, yes, it's relatively minor compared with more serious kinds of brain damage. But I would never characterize it as "no big deal."]

"Almost all children go through a stage of disfluency in early speech, but when a child displays signs of a serious stutter, it is wise to seek help, as stutters are much easier to prevent or lessen in their early stages."
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My son received a flu shot on Saturday.  He fell asleep early (6p.m.) and woke up on Sunday stuttering.  It is now Tuesday and he is still stuttering, mostly on his "m" words.  He is 25 months and spoke clearly in sentences before the shot.  I  think it is too much of a coincidence that it happened so extremely the very next day for it not to be related to the vaccination.  Now I am wondering how long it will last.

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Sorry to hear this! I dot have any advice other than please report it to VAERS (you can report it yourself, you don't have to count on the doctor to do it) and I would get it note on his chart, even if the doctor thinks its unrelated insist!

I hope it stops soon!
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My son received a flu shot on Saturday.  He fell asleep early (6p.m.) and woke up on Sunday stuttering.  It is now Tuesday and he is still stuttering, mostly on his "m" words.  He is 25 months and spoke clearly in sentences before the shot.  I  think it is too much of a coincidence that it happened so extremely the very next day for it not to be related to the vaccination.  Now I am wondering how long it will last.

 

How scary! Have you talked with you doctor? I agree with Rrrrrachel, be sure to report it to VAERS.


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My son received a flu shot on Saturday.  He fell asleep early (6p.m.) and woke up on Sunday stuttering.  It is now Tuesday and he is still stuttering, mostly on his "m" words.  He is 25 months and spoke clearly in sentences before the shot.  I  think it is too much of a coincidence that it happened so extremely the very next day for it not to be related to the vaccination.  Now I am wondering how long it will last.


Definitely report it to VAERS. It's there to collect these stories and allow researchers to follow up. 

 

It may also be helpful to know that stuttering is not uncommon in young children and usually resolves itself with no problem. There may be a mothering board on stuttering (or speech development). You can also quickly find information online about stuttering in young children.

 

http://www.webmd.com/parenting/stuttering

http://www.stammering.org/pre-school.html


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Hi,  

My 25 month old son received a flu shot on Saturday, fell asleep by 6, and woke up stuttering on Sunday.  Did you do anything to follow up on it?  How long did the stuttering last?  Thanks

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