Subject: Troubled mother
I have a son who is 10 months old. He is very much active and makes sounds like goo.. gaa...umm, etc. What worries me is that he does not respond immediately to sounds or when we call out his name. We have to call him atleast 5-6 times and then he turns around. What could be the reason. Kindly help.
Answer: Dear Anoymous:
Some children just respond slowly if they are distracted or otherwise occupied in their minds. However, you wrote me because you are concerned about his not responding quicker. I believe you should trust your instincts and consult your pediatrician. More than likely there is not a problem however you need to put your mind at rest. Please do ask your pediatrician to check his hearing and responses. You will feel better knowing the answer to why.
M. Kay Keller