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My 3.5 year old daughter can't pronounce g and k. she pronounced tea for key, tar for car, done for gone, you know. Should i be concerned? am i supposed to take her to a speech therapist? she's like a chatterbox and she uses very complex structures, but i have never heard her pronouncing g and k correctly. i'm very worried.

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If there is nothing to suspect hearing problem you need not worry. Some children may take a  little longer to pronounce certain alphabets. Do not show too much of anxiety. She may do it intentionally to have fun. Encourage her to sing songs which contain these letters and see how she does. If the  problem persists you may consider consulting a speech therapist.  

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Dr. Arun Kumar Suri

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I can answer questions in the field of general pediatrics-questions regarding the development of children, immunization, feeding, weaning and common childhood problems like fever, cough and recurrent illness. Many of these topics are dealt with on my website Healthy Family Happy Family. Often a mother imagines that her child is sick when in fact there is no problem. Such a mother needs explanation and reassurance. I will not be able to answer specific questions regarding diagnosis.

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I have more than 20 years of experience as a Pediatrician. I have been involved in the care of premature babies and also many critically ill children.

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I am attached to a Mission hospital in a small town in the Kannur dist. of Kerala in India. I also have my private clinic in a nearby place.

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Most of my articles are on my website Healthy Family Happy Family. I have also contributed articles to Ezine Articles and Article City. I believe that Pediatrics is more than treating diseases in children. I advocate holistic approach to child health and problems of children giving equal importance to physical, psychological and spiritual health of children.

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M.B.B.S. D.C.H. I have completed a distant course in adolescent health conducted by IMA AKN SINHA INSTITUTE. I have also completed an online course on Ayurvedic care of children conducted by Jiva Institute.

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My website has been recognized by HONcode for trustworthy information on health. It has also been listed by familyfriendlysites.com/, healthdirectorymoz.com/Child-Health/ and medindia.net.

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