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    Cerebral Palsy

    Cerebral Palsy isn't a specific illness, but rather a general term used by doctors to refer to a set of neurological conditions, which result in movement and co-ordination disorders, caused by damage to the brain. Read more →

    hi im stuck, my 4 yr old girl did suffer from glue ear when she was 3 but this has since cleared up, but she is still having major problems with her speech, everything starts with either a G or D, and is still very disorganised with her speech. Was wondering if their could be something else causing it as i can understand my 2yr old better then her please need advice dont now where to go from here??





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    hi, my little boy has just turned 4 and still dribbles a lot, he also has problems with his speech especially pronouncing certain letters like L,R,C,K,Th,ch etc I am just wondering if these issues could be connected. I did take him the doctors regarding the 2 problems, I got prescribed antihistamines for his dribbling which did help it a little bit but it started again when the antihistamines finished.





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    Hi, I was wondering how things went or are going with your sons dribbling? His symptoms sound very like my sons who is almost 4. He has had his adenoids removed and it has made no difference. His speech isn't very clear, although I understand most of what he is saying but others can't.

    We have a little boy who has just turned 3. He used to be obsessive over doors and would continually open and close them and walking down the street he had to touch every door, this obsession has now moved to his bum. He cant leave his bottom alone, even to the extent of pulling out poo and wiping it everywhere (sorry for the details but i dont know how to deal with it).. In addition to this, he has no sense of danger - would quite happily climb into oven, jump off high surfaces (one broken arm already), unplug seatbelts, climb on the kitchen and turn on toasters, cookers etc.. and run out into the road. Its impossible for him to walk nicely, i have to hold is hand constantly regardless of where we are and his tantrums can be huge!!.. His speech was delayed and was referred to speech and language, he has also seen a child community health dr who wanted him referred to a 'mental health' team who declined to see him, apparantly they could not see any problems with what we were saying and now we are stuck, completely stuck.. If someone is able to advise where we go from here that would be lovely as the HV doesnt know either.





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    Hello, i have just read your post and thought i would write back, i have 2 children aged 4 and 6 and my youngest has always been a bit 'difficult'. when he was 2 - 3 he used to wipe poo everywhere and tipping his bottle of milk on my Tv, carpet and toys beginning to make my house stink.. He is behind with his language and a few more things too. Also he is a little escape artist and when he runs he runs!!! i know how hard you must find it because i know how frustrating it is when you are only trying to look after them.. I just wanted to give you a little bit of hope and just say that even though my boy still does a runner if u take ur eyes off him for a second the spreading and tipping have seemed to have faised out now he has turned 4 and my house is finally smelling normal. We have been fighting for funding for 121 at nursery and also getting the help ready for school in september, i know all children are different but my son is due to have a assessment for Autisum in a few weeks. i hope you and your family can work through this, take care

    My hv is going to reffer a paedetrician to see my son. He is 2.

    my daughter who is 10 has always had a painful left leg and it turns in. if she runs she is screaming in pain or has a long walk it really restricts her and she has had some nasty trips as she is very clumsy we have tried to get her help we tried insoles physio and have seen several doctors round about the time we noticed her intoing about 2 half she started having speech problems and she could do the alphabet and count to twenty but after that she couldnt and has learning difficulties and memory loss please help her as she gets very down about it





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    Have you had his hearing checked recently? Could possibly be something like glue ear, which effects low frequency sounds. My daughter has a permanent high frequency hearing loss & glue ear which was picked up at birth, and we have seen similar speech problems. Worth an appointment with your GP, who would make a hospital referral to have it properly checked he/she felt it necessary.

    tell your parents, go to your gp and tell them what you put here and hopefully you should get referred to a speech and language therapist.That's what i did and i have recently been diagnosed with Asperges. Hope this helps.

    Hi, I was wondering how things went or are going with your sons dribbling? His symptoms sound very like my sons who is almost 4. He has had his adenoids removed and it has made no difference. His speech isn't very clear, although I understand most of what he is saying but others can't.

    Hi my 4 year old has had problems with his water works for nearly 2 months now, has been given 3 lots of antibiotics, but hasnt cleared it up. Ive been told that his foreskin is to tight and maybe the start of the problem, he goes to the toilet every 5 minutes and sometimes more often than that, its exhausting. Im so worried as Ikknow it can cause long term problems, his personality has changed to, hes not the happy little boy hes always been, which is understandable. Any advice wud be great. Doctors just fob me off with more antibiotics!





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    yes, see your gp, dont panic as it coulb be a million other less serious problems.x

    my baby has a small hole at the top of her bottom can this cause her any problems





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    hi i have two exactly in the same place i was wondering what it was too x

    My son has the same thing. I was told that it is related to Spina Bifida. We do have Spina Bifida in the family. My doctor said that the only problem he could have is infection, if hair grows out of it. Once I was told this, I just checked the area was kept clean when he was a baby and have not worried about it since this advice. It has never bothered my son and he is now 31 and has not had any problems whatsoever.

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    my daughter is almost four and has behavioural problems. She was delayed in reaching all her milestones which include walking and she still has problems with her speech. She has been seen by an educational psycholgist, a speech and language therapist, someone from SENCO and has been offered all the tests possibvle but still no one can tell us her condition. She is shy, finds it difficult to engage in conversation and dislikes starangers. She also refuses to be toilet trained. Can any one give me an answer?





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    my son is 5 1/2 ears old,he has always suffered with enlarged tonsils.he still dribbles alot,he used to do this when he had a sore throat but now it is constant and has a sore patch on his chin and now he is at school it goes on his work.he also snores and sleeps with his mouth open.we have been to an ent consultant who said he would grow out of it.we have seen a speech therapist who said there is no problems.he does have problems with gagging on food occasionally and will not eat anything chewy.





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    My son is 9 tomorrow and still drooling , he gets picked on at school as no one wants to play with slavia chops I get so frustrated, I have been to speech therapy that didn't work, ent but they refered him back to speech therapy and put him on acid tablets, nothing seems to work! I really want this sorted before high school as already affected him so much already! Any ideas??





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    hi my son has the same problem he is 3 but sees a speech therapist and also occupational therapist but we had a appointment last week with his specialist and i spoke about this problem and he said there are a few things which can be done which include a operation where they take the bits out of the mouth which cause all the slavia and turn them around so the slavia goes down the throut or u can have botox in the mouth but thats only temp so will need doing a couple of times a year or also there is medication which dries the mouth up but causes constipation,but as my son is 3 we thiught it was best to leave it a little longer and hopefully it might stop but as your son is 9 this might be the answer for you hope this helps speak to your doctor or ask to be referred to a peadiatrion for more help.

    Well I am not a doctor but I think he's got either tongue tie or tonsillitis I am not sure but to be honest with you I think u should go to the doctor when you have time hope this helps

    Go and see your GP again, if there is another one at the practice you could see maybe do that and push the point, ask to be refered to an ENT doc so your son can be checked and see if there is anything they can do for him. We had all this with Hemmie, the GP said he would get back to me and I am still waiting 18 months later, I struggled to be heard about Hemmie's problems but you have to keep shouting, keep putting the preasure on, we were lucky, embarrassing bodies came at the right time and we got help and Hemmie is now doing well, if we hadn't had the show I would have just kept going with the GP and speech therapists until someone took me seriously, its hard work and disheartening but keep going at it, good luck

    I scored 46. I hv one child with diagnosis of some speech and language disorder and ADHD, very high functioning. Have another child with severe speech delay who's awaiting referal for possible Autism.... Never even knew what Autism was until last summer. Looking at my relatives now I can see that quite a few if them are high functioning autistics. Weird world of mine turned upside down, it's now even more weird.





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    Well that certainly sounds hectic! Best of luck to you and your family. Hopefully things will only improve now that you are more aware of autism, even now knowing you possibly have it too, I think it's important not to lose sight of the fact that Autism in no way defines you (how could it if you only heard of it last Summer)

    My son is almost 7 and still drools considerably. We remind him all the time to swallow it or wipe it but he often doesn't seem to really notice. He has had his adenoids removed and his nose quarterised but it has made no difference. The hospital thought he was dyspraxic but have discharged him as he 'came on' physically (I'm not convinced tho: struggles to write, some speech problems, can't swim above water, double jointed all over, struggles with numbers and sequencing, emotionally young for his age). Any advice would be appreciated ! He's such a super, happy lad! We just want him to be happy and confident.





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    my son has a lot of the traits mentioned in the previous posts.try to get your gp to refer your child to the local child development centre.a range of professionals work in these centres and they all assess the child accompanied by parent/s individually and then report their findings.speech and language therapists,occupational therapists,physiotherapists,dentist and paediatricians usually work there and it really helped us to get an overall picture of where they felt my childs problems lay.good luck!





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    i think my son who is 4yrs is on the spectrum but just cant seem to get the help he needs , i cant explain how he is and never have be able to :( ..wen i see the worring sighns i just know like a instinct feeling i have, i know he is very clever and so good with numbers alot of my family say my son is fine as he is so clever and can make freinds, i think he is very good at covering up his confusion at times, ofetn answering things with yes or no but wen i dig deeper he has no idea , this only happens some times as, im so confused i know he is clever and i hate the fact that poeple think he does not need help in some areas because he is clever at soemthings , he is a very serious little boy and a know it all, my son never sits still and hates goin theatre or cinima and often his enviroment will affect his behaivor, my son lost his speech at 1yrs old this may have been due to a siezure altho never has a doctor been worried about his loss of speech , he started to talk again last yr , i can understand him but others struggle. there is many other small problems i cant explain, i just cant put my finger on it and this makes it very hard for me to to help my son wen talking to doctors as they ask me and i say that im not sure iv tried writing lists but the health professionals just dont take my concerns far enough as im unable to explain my self wen put on the spot , altho latley my mum has started to notice things about my son and my mum has started to talk to me ABOUT it and other docters have noticed wen he is very ill he still runs about whilst in hospital and like he dont have a care in the world ...i just dont know what to do or how to get the help he needs i might not explain my self well but i sure do know he has somthing about him 'he is different' (qiurky) and very funny he loves to make every one laugh and is intreeging thank you i hope you can read my dreadfull spelling :) xx





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    my son does show sighns of ocd he is very perticuler about were his toys go in hid bedroom and also very clean soemtimesthis is worsethan other days , and took alto for me to make him learn itsok to play with sand and paints he is now ok aslong as i tell him he can wash wen he is finished i dont allow him to wash half way thro a activity now as it can make him more aware of his hands getting dirty/sticky he has always liked to line thingn up since a baby and spinning things altho iv not seen him into spinning things for along time but at one point it all he done (6month -8months) was constant and slowy the spinin faded out , he still loves to line things up and arrabge toys in a certain ways he loves to make his toystalk to each other in pretend play but always ends up throing them with anger xx

    Same with my son. Iknew instinctively something was not right, but was never diagnosed. Like your son, he is clever but always a bit quirky. I ended up going to a local educational psychologist when he was 7 and having him tested. Turned out he had aspergers mildly although because it was not diagnosed 'through the authorities' ie; school, GP etc so not official diagnosis. Still worth doing as we know why he is quirky now. If, like me you are not able to afford private, google local charities who fund this kind of stuff. Educational grants i think it comes under.For the record, we home taught him for first 4 years of big school as we didn't think he would cope mentally with big school at age 11. He has just gone back to school for gcse's as we cant fund them, and is doing very well. He also has his own little online business painting war hammer models for people which is very successful for him. None of his school classmates have had the initiative to do anything like that. So it's not all doom and gloom. Just be prepared to step in and change the situation if you think it's all getting out of hand; ie school bullies, when he gets to high school. By the way, we got no help with home schooling but local education dept are obliged to help you, even if they say not. We only recently found that out as they try to keep it quiet. Best of luck

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    My son, who will be 6yrs in April 2014, is having casts on both legs, up to the knee. I am told that this will be for a minimum of 4 weeks with the cast being removed and replaced on a fortnightly basis. He has always been on his tip toes and we have always been told that it is something that he will grow out of. When we went to his first parents evening in reception class (only just 5yrs old) we were told that his attention and understanding of instruction was not at the level it should be for a child of his age. We were shocked by this as our son was an early talker and before Playgroup his speech, language and understanding of using words in context was ahead of his years. His tip toe-ing was also discussed and after a number of meetings with the head of year as parents we decided to go with the advice. Our son was then referred to Speech and Language assessment and physio. He was offered 45 minutes of physio over a 6 week period. The speech and language assessment was a breeze for him and the lady doing the assessment was clearly of the opinion that it was a waste of time. The suggestion that the two issues could be related was never brought to our attention and after some of our own research the connection has only now become apparent to us. Our main issue at this time is to get him through 4-8 weeks of being in plaster. Our son is now in Yr 1 and is thriving from the more structured format to the day and his attitude and confidance is obvious both outside school and in the classroom. Will update when cast are on. Jx





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    It was interesting reading your story. My son is 3 and has tip toe walked since he started walking around 13 months. Im now beginning to get really worried that he had not grown out of it. He has been seen by orthopaedic surgeons who said there is nothing structurally wrong with his legs but habit. They want to see us in dec 2014 to see if hes grown out of it by then

    I did this with my 9yr old daughter and scored 16. She did have speech therapy from the age of 3, having lots of help at school. So where does that pit her?





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    I did another test on another site I did it first for what I saw scored 44, then sat my daughter down and she got 30, bit still advised to a referral. Appt made with go already. School have screened her for dyslexia but ok on that side.

    Yes bipolar can be a comorbid of autism as can any learning difficulties or social interaction problems. If you think you have problems seek you doctors advice do not include it as a after thought go specific with this.your records may indicate problems such as any misdiagnosis for something else.doctors may be aware of a little about ASD but their knowledge may not be up to your level if you look into it in detail.if you understand what is being said then you may be autistic probably are on some level.

    Hi my son is 7 and still dribbles quite a lot - he is not really aware of it and we have to remind him. He has seen speech therapists and we have done all of the exercises and followed all the advice they gave us and its made no difference! He had no sucking reflex when he was born as he was poorly but I thought it would right itself. Any help would be greatly appreciated.





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    My son is 7 years old and drools excessively. My name is Kelly as well and our situations are so similar that my husband asked if I posted online about our child. My son was hospitalized at 10 days and diagnosed as failure to thrive. He eventually got a g-tube because he couldn't suck well enough to get nutrition to gain weight. At about six months, the g-tube was removed because he started to "get it". As time went on, we realized he didn't have any sensation around his mouth at all. He would fall down, get up with a bloody lip, and not cry at all. His neurologist determined he has congenital neuropathy in his mouth, legs and arms. The neurologist prescribed Rubinol and thought it would dry him right up, but that hasn't been the case for us. We take the max dosage possible and it only decreases his secretions slightly. You might ask your doctor about it for your child. Also, Botox shots were recommended but our insurance won't cover it and it is very expensive otherwise. Right now, we primarily have our son work on behavioral changes - swallowing before talking; keeping his mouth closed and breathing through his nose,; when reading aloud, swallowing at the periods. He wears wristbands and we remind him to swallow and wipe his mouth. It is a challenge because he is a 7 year old boy who at this point in his life doesn't care. Hope this helped a bit. --Kelly

    Most of you should check Dyspraxia...... especially those with language problems.and...sleeping problems....it is quite common...but uncurable





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    hi my son is three years old and he has cerebral palsy which affects he's both legs and right arm he's speech was'nt effected he has very high muscle tone which effects him in walking and getting around he recieves botox injections every six to eight months i have found a big inprovement with him so far





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    hi i don't seem to be the only one struggling with this,, my son seems to have all the symptoms that describes ahhd, i have taken him to my DR's and all he said was (call supernanny) i dont think he understands the problems i am having trying to understand the underlying problems...please help !!!





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    i self requested a referal for my son to my local family mental health unit. he was seen on several occasions and assessed to have adhd. we then tryed things like sticker charts, and sticking to a strict routine, however this didnt help he was then seen by the psychiatrist who then put him on medication. it is a long drawn out process. if you cant self refer, go to doctors and demand they refer him to child mental health for assessment. its very stressfull and you re best getting help asap. the doctor you spoke to before behaved in a disgusting mannor.

    We have felt that our daughter was a rare case with her toilet problems. It is a relief to see she is not alone, but can,t understand why when so many kids are suffering we all seem to be passed off with things like movicol. My daughter has problems passing stools and could go for weeks at a time without going. Had to go to A&E several times to get suppositories as she was in so much pain ( this was when she was 4 months old) she is nearly 5 now and still has major problems. When we got the movicol it was to get her started and then we had to wean her off. It was good to start with and after 3 weeks was going every day but and we were starting to get over the phycological problems caused with the condition. Unfortunatley by the end of the weaning process we are back to square one. She eats a good healthy balanced diet with lots of fruit and veg lots more that most kids eat. We are at a complete loss and now she complains of stomach pains daily especially when she eats. If anyone has any suggestions of anything else we can do we would be very grateful.





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    My son is suffering the same and has done for some time every time i visit the doctor i get told he will grow out of it !!! Iam at my wits end . He is six now and the habit thing is wearing very thin he is in pain, when he does go it is usually in his underwear because he cant get to the toilet in enough time cos he cant hold it any longer and i really think there is more to than constipation or attention seeking which is another thing that i keep getting told !!! Iam so worried it will make him ill before long and adult cant go days without passing anything so god only nows how a six yearold child can go weeks !!! If there is any one out there than can suggest any thing i would be most gratefull .

    First of all, I would just like to say how sorry I feel for your daughter because I know how painful it is because i'm going through tthe exact same thing at the moment. The main reson she is getting pain when she is eating is because she's so blocked up there litraly no more space for the food she's eating. The reason the movicol worked at first but as weened her off of it is because if the whole blockage wasn't got rid of the first time what will happen is she will just gwt block up again and unfortunatly it is a visoous cycle that is hard to brake. I don't know if the way movicol works was explaned to you propoly but i know if it was explained to me propoly i wouldn't be in the mess i am know. When you get dioria it deosn't mean that your bowls will defenetly be clear, the liquid is sometimes calles "overflow". You might also want to talk to your pediatirtion about what might be causing this problen. Hope this helps! Get Well Soon :)

    Please can someone help me? I’m 14 and I’ve always had wetting problems, luckily as I’ve got older it’s got a bit better and currently I only wet the bed 2 or 3 times a month. In the daytime I used to wet myself a lot more than I do now. My mum knows about my problems and we’ve been to some doctors about it. She buys me these special pads called Tenalady which I wear every day. I sort of have a few problems if I laugh too much some wee will comes out if I been to the toilet recently it might only be a small amount and because of my pad it’s not really too bad. But if I’ve not been for awhile it can a lot more and sometimes my pad won’t be able to soak it all up and my knickers will get a bit wet too. My other problems are often I don’t always get a lot of warning that I need to go to the loo and I can’t always hold it for very long. The last doctor that saw me said that there was wasn’t much wrong me and that I just had a small bladder she gave me these exercises to do (cagalls?) and told my mum something like that my problem should be manageable with sensible toileting habits. Now my mum is starting to get angry with me every time I have a major accident and says they should be preventable and I should be doing my excises and I am just lazy she even threatening to stop my pocket money if I wet myself too often. I try to go to toilet between lessons at school and before I get the bus home but sometimes I just can’t help wetting myself.





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    Have you ever seen a continence nurse? They hold specialist clinics in local health centres. You dont have to be referred by the doctor, your Mum could contact them directly (am not sure if at 14 you can refer yourself). My 8yr old son has had problems since he was 3, we have been back & forth to the drs (and even seen a consultant at the hospital) & they have been useless to be honest. We have a way to go yet but after just a few months we have made more progress than in the years of seeing drs. Everyone is different but my son is being treated as having an irritated bladder which makes him unable to hold onto urine for very long(this isnt an infection its entirely different) he started off on medicine which helped slightly & is now taking tablets which will hopefully be more effective. She also put him on a drinking programme as lack of fluids can make things worse. I really feel for you, it sounds as if the dr hasnt been very understanding, there is help out there I hope youre able to access it.

    My friends child Erin has cerebral palsy and is 5 years old. She struggles with movement and speech. Erin is a happy child and doesn't look any different to me but that might be because I am her helper





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    I am 16 and I have many autistic friends, I seem to understand them better than anyone else,or so called "normal" people. My friend have been telling me that I am autistic for a while, I scored 39 on the test, the only thing is that most of the problems I have had are recent, or seem to be, but at the same time as someone grows up social situations and rules get allot more complicated especially at the age I am now, so maybe these problems I have are just making themselves more apparent, so am I autistic? and could this be why I have problems with people? i literally ran away from my friends yesterday because I couldn't deal with meeting more than one new person at a time and I didn't understand what was going on :(





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    Hello my name is Hope I am 12 in April I have two problems I want to solve out the first one is when I go to the toilet I always have dirty pants is there any advice to help me and I have Dyspraxia it is quite hard for me with Dyspraxia I always forget things so please help me get through this problems thank you

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