From my sister in law:
I would like to start by saying thank you to all the readers who commented on the questions and concerns I had concerning my daughter Amber. It has been a few months and I apologize for only giving you a follow up now, but we have been a bit busy, as we are moving to Zambia soon. Amber is turning 2 years old next month.
She has not improved in the talking department, but she gets her message through either by saying key words, pointing or dragging you to what ever it is she wants.
Her eating has improved, she has her good days and her not so good eating days, but I guess we all experience some of that from time to time.
Her sleeping habits has not improved, she still wakes 3 – 6 times a night, she does not cry, she wakes up lies in bed and moans, I get up give her her bottle and she turns around and goes to sleep again. It’s annoying but I can live with that.
We went to Cape Town in March to have her “looked” at, as we were concerned about her not walking, talking, eating and sleeping habits. The first Dr. was a pediatrician, who does not treat children, she just assesses them. After 1 ½ hours of assessing, she told me she wanted Amber to go for a brain scan, blood and hearing test, as she is convinced that something is wrong with her, mentally. I took her for a hearing test, the results was that she definitely can hear, but that she had fluid in her middle ears. Which can cause her to be off balance, which could play a roll in her walking late, and affect her talking, as to not hearing the words correctly.
I took her to an ENT (ear, nose and throat specialist) who agreed with me that a brain scan and blood test is a bit excessive. He agreed that she was a bit late in her development, but he could not see anything else wrong. I took her to a Pediatrician, who actually treats children, and he said, that we should just give her space and time, that he could not see anything wrong with her, which is exactly what I have done. It is amazing how she has developed in the past few months. I will take her for re-assessments and follow ups, every time I go to South Africa, but for now I am happy with her progress.
She is a happy, fun, loving child, and I do not think there is anything mentally wrong with her.
I would like to thank you all once again, for your comments and support which you have gave me, it really helped me a lot.