From postpartum depression to toddlerhood

Surviving postpartum depression and living with a “difficult” toddler

Speech Delay and Omega 3’s & 6’s (Wks 2-3)

I really wanted to update this last Saturday.  If I had, it would have been much more positive.  Last weekend, we finally heard DaDa again.  Kyler said it a few months ago but lost it.  We were THRILLED to hear him finally say it again.  We have much more eye contact and smiling directly at us.  He has also pointed twice which is big for us.  The DaDa was fairly consistent for 5 days.  Unfortunately, he lost it for 2 days but is sort of picking it back up again.  As you can tell, we hang on every sound!  He had a semi-traumatic day on the day he didn’t really babble.  And, he has four molars coming in all at once.  I tend to believe that when he is truly teething, he makes less noise.  Perhaps, it is painful for him to babble or something.???  At any rate, it has been an up and down week this week but last week was GREAT!  I’m hoping that he’ll continue to use DaDa and “Gee” and add on a few more sounds.  We believe we are hearing “cat” but it doesn’t mean cat.  If anything it is what he is trying to call our dog.  Also, we’ve noticed lots of “bbbmmm” kind of sounds and maybe, just maybe “mum”.  I certainly would NOT consider either sounds to be new words. 

Update on therapy….we thought everything was going well but our ECI speech therapist recommended bringing in a developmental specialist.  I also took him to a private therapist who informed me that she believes he has some sensory issues along with a speech delay.  I was crushed by both issues.  I want so badly to believe that he is just a late-talker but it is looking more and more like something else.  We are going to continue with the ECI therapy including the developmental specialist and a nutritionist.  However, we’re going to wait on further private therapy for the time being ( at least until Kyler is 18 months old).

Something new: we have also decided to implement a gluten and casein free diet.  There is so much debate about this topic and learning delays/disorders.  We figured, what the heck!  There is more background as to why we are starting this diet and I’ll write that in another blog.

Bottom line: Fish oil/Omega 3’s & 6’s, are they working?  Yes, they appear to be working.  I’m not blown away but I’ve seen much improvement despite a few regressions.  It’s only been 3 weeks and he only takes one supplement per day.  I’m anxious to see how he is progressing after these teeth are completely in and after it’s been a total of 6 weeks.

If anyone has a suggestion or could tell me how much their child takes of the fish oil supplement, I’d greatly appreciate it.  I’m just wondering if he is taking enough.


September 14, 2008 - Posted by | speech delay | , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Hi there! My name is Alison and I live in CA. I found your blog as I was searching the internet on fish oil for speech in kids. I have a 2.5 yr old and we have been using the omega 3 fish oil for a little over a month now. We also started the gfcf diet a little over a month ago. Seems like Samuel (my son) has a lot of the same problems as your son – delayed speech, sensory issues, possibile autism (like you, I have realized this is a possible diagnosis, but also see things in my son that are clearly NOT autistic). My son also has a terrible time out in public, esp in loud or unfamiliar situations. I really cannot leave him at all unless it is with his dad or my mom. He depends on me for his security and stability. It is exhausting, but the progress is always rewarding. Anyway, I just wanted to write because it seems like our kids have a lot in common (except that yours is a year younger) and I would love to chat about GFCF, fish oil, sensory or speech stuff. We are also figuring it all out one day at a time!

    Comment by alinurse | September 14, 2008

  2. Hi!, My son had really similar problems to your son. I hadn’t heard about the fish oil but will definitely look that up now, I just wanted to let you know what made a HUGE difference in our lives. In Australia most shop bought bread has a preservative 282 or calcium propionate in it. We stopped giving him bread with this in it and his speech and behaviour improved dramatically. I’m not sure if this is something that will apply to you, but if you’re anything like me, every little thing is worth a try. He didn’t become fluent overnight but the difference showed within a week. Good Luck

    Comment by fiona11 | September 19, 2008

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