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my grandson came for visitation, and he is 2.5 years old. very smart. He had a lump on his forehead and is stuttering. He always speaks in complete sentences. Like May I have that cookie, or Pop Pop I would like bacon, dippy (fired(eggs and potatoes please. This Friday, he was unable to ask for a cookie, and was stuttering like I I I I I or EEEEEEE. He wanted a drink, which he usually states, Can I have apple juice, or watermamen (his way of saying watermelon). But Sat, he was stuttering IIII EEEEEE and he would suddenly holler cup!

I mentioned to the MOM, but she said she would pay more attention, I am worried. She went away out of state and I do not know if he is ok. She doesn't get along with my son much. Should We be concerned?

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Are you able to stay in contact with her directly, or do you have to speak with her through your son? Any idea if she's taken him to see a pediatrician? Speaking only as a mom and not a doctor or nurse or any other medical professional, if that were MY son I'd have him at the pediatrician ASAP. That, of course, is assuming she's not already had him checked out and been given the all-clear. –  Valkyrie Oct 1 '13 at 19:18
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The child may also just be experimenting or playing around with speech patterns - our first child did this sort of thing around this age, where he picked up this sort speaking pattern from his peers because he thought it was neat. –  Chris Oct 1 '13 at 22:48

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It could be a symptom of brain injury, or it could be completely benign—a result of stress, being tired, or just the natural evolution of his language skills. Sometimes kids that age start trying to imitate adults by talking just as fast, but their oral motor skills aren't developed enough yet. They also aren't very aware yet of how their speech sounds to others. To him, it might sound perfectly fine in his head.

The only way to be sure it's not brain injury is to go to the ER and get an MRI. However, usually you would see the speech problems constantly, and usually there would be one or more other symptoms as well, like vomiting, falling over, spacing out, lethargy, fever, etc. My daughter occasionally gets these attacks due to a brain injury when she was born.

I personally would rather be safe than sorry, but in your shoes I wouldn't stay awake worrying if his mother isn't concerned. Two year-olds talk funny sometimes.

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"Two year-olds talk funny sometimes" - exactly this. Unless there are other signs or information that something may be wrong, this was my first thought. –  Chris Oct 1 '13 at 22:51

One of my kids did this on a trip to his grandparents! Off I went to a book store to read Penelope Leach who assured me that it was probably temporary and would go away on its own if we didn't focus on it, and she was right. It resolved in a month or two.

According to stutteringhelp.org:

Some 20 percent of all children go through a stage of development during which they encounter disfluencies severe enough to be a concern to their parents. Approximately 5 percent of all children go through a period of stuttering that lasts six months or more. Three-quarters of those will recover by late childhood, leaving about 1% with a long-term problem.

...If the stuttering persists beyond three to six months or is particularly severe, you may want to seek help from a speech-language pathologist who specializes in stuttering...

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