My 15 Month Old STILL Hasn't Said Mama

Updated on August 15, 2006
M.R. asks from Carrollton, TX
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My 15 month old son said MAMA once when he was like 6 months and hasn't said it since.
Is this normal or am i reading too much into it?

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I'm not sure what 'normal' is but if you are worried, have him evaluated by ECI. It is free and if he qualifies, you get 6 months of free services and after that it is a sliding scale. There is an ECI Care line 1-800-250-2246 who will help connect the family with the local, appropriate ECI program. Just call and say you want your child tested. They just play games with the baby to check their abilities.

Good luck. The sooner you get ths addressed he better.. in general, if there is speech delay.

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answers from Dallas on

Does he say anything else or at least make sounds/babbles or tries to mimic you? You may find that your son just isn't that interested in talking right now and then all of a sudden it seems he's saying new words every week! I would ask the pediatrician about it to make sure he's on track. Check out this link from
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It may not be something to worry about, he could be saying it any day now. Do a little research on line and then make an appt. with the Dr. and be ready with questions to ask. Good Luck!



answers from Dallas on

M., you might want to get your son evaluated at Easter Seals. There therapists are amazing and the evaluations are such a conforting precaution where you feel like your doing the smart thing for your child.
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answers from Dallas on

You may want to ask your son's doctor. Does he say other words? If so, he will say mom again. My son went through a phase of just DaDA. Now, Mama is said when he needs food or a diaper change or even a book or something that he wants.



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You probably already do this but have your friends, older son, family and care giver and even yourself call you Momma. I know people out there don't do this just by force of habbit. I have a friend who's little girl would call her by her first name and not Momma because the parents adressed each other by first name. Also, use it as a game ask him his name and ask him whats yours. You don't say if he says any other words or any other issues you may have noticed. So, I'm assuming this is the only issue. Otherwise, if he doesn't say anything or just a few words I would be concerned too. Take the advice of the other post and have him tested.

Good luck to your little one,



answers from Dallas on

I would actually go on to a good ENT, having gone through this myself. I called ECI and they "tested" his hearing by whispering behind his ear to see if he turned his head - of course he did, there was someone behind his ear. We did speech therapy with ECI for a few months, but switched to Cook's and it was a world of difference. Nothing against Cook's, but I wanted my son to have the most aggresive form of therapy - of course, he was already 2. He was 2 years, 4 months before he said Mama - finally. Good luck!

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