My daughter understands very well everything that I say but she doesn't say a sentence yet

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Post by Guest »

I'm a FTM. Not seeking any advice. Just wanted to hear if your kids been on this phase before. My daughter is 2.2 yo. She's been a PE since she turned 10 months. I've always serve different type of foods to make sure she can have a healthy meal. She understands very well everything that I say but she doesn't say a sentence yet. She can tell me what she wants by pointing or saying a word like "banana" if she wants banana. But she doesn't say "I want a banana".

Now I'm thinking to myself, is she not saying a sentence yet because she's been a PE? I was wondering and hoping I'm not the only one that's going through this...Is being a PE making her delay in saying a sentence because she doesn't have enough nutrition.

Thank you for listening. I hope some parents can share some of your experiences with your kids.

Post by Kyla »

My little friend has speech delay (has speech therapy) and she’s a picky eater. It’s not unusual to have both, but it is not from lack of nutrition. All the kids in her family were not early talkers regardless of their food habits. The 3 other children are not PE. Just letting you now you’re not the only one

Post by Kelsey »

Just my own personal experience my picky eater is/has been extremely advanced with her speech.

I have a couple of friends who's little one's eat literally anything and everything and their little ones are speech delayed.

I have another friend who little one is a picky eater and is speech delayed.

So, I truly think (just my own opinion/observation) that speech delays come in all shapes and forms and are not necessarily food related.

Post by Tami »

My picky eater is 3.8 and just started speech therapy but only because he switches around certain sounds. He has a huge vocabulary and reads at a second grade level. He seems to have some sensory issues with textures so that might be a thing. But my good friend’s son didn’t talk until he was almost three and he ate everything. I wouldn’t stress about the food causing her not to talk because of nutrition. I know it’s hard. My son used to eat tons of stuff and now we’re so limited. I constantly question if it’s something I did, but really this is such a common thing.

Post by Natalia »

Admin Dietitian here. First of all, it’s very difficult to experience lack of nutrition for an average picky eater. Some nutrient may be a bit harder to obtain, eg. iron, but it includes both typical and picky eaters and depends on the absorption rates as much as consumption. Even if children don’t eat perfectly balanced plates of food, they can still meet their nutritional needs. Secondly, nutrient deficiencies are extremely rare in the western world due to high levels of food fortifications. Kids with very severe eating difficulties (3-5 accepted foods), kids with multiple food allergies and vegan toddlers need supplements to meet their nutritional needs.

Post by Caroline »

I wouldn’t worry (regarding her speech, she will continue to build her words). And I certainly worry about my picky eater, so I understand that. As far as there being a “link” between picky eating & speech I have no idea! I imagine not, except they’re both traits to certain disorders, etc. but those answers are far beyond me!

Post by Heather »

My son is 3.5 and he is beginning speech therapy this week. In his evaluation the findings included “working on expressing his needs and wants”, “forming longer sentences”, and “answering yes/no questions and wh- questions.”

I suspect my son has some sensory issues and frequently kids with a sensory processing disorder or sensory sensitivity have both picky eating and language delays.

While my son is a very picky eater, he isn’t a small eater, and through a lot of creativity I found ways to keep important brain nutrients like iron, protein, omega-3s, and fats in his diet. He has always been in the 85th-95th percentile for height and weight. But he only has 6 meals he will eat. So in my case I am leaning towards sensory issues vs nutrition, since our picky eating did not lead to nutrition issues.
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