Ear infections and or hearing problems may cause language delay, so make sure your health visitor carries out the relevant hearing checks.
As a general rule, your child should be speaking in sentences that match their age, so one word at the age of 1, two-word sentences at the age of 2, and three-word sentences at the age of 3.
However, it's important to talk a health professional if any of the following applies to your child:
- Your baby doesn't listen to or respond to sounds
- Your baby has problems sucking, swallowing or chewing
- Your baby isn't using real words by 18 months
- Your toddler has difficulty understanding what you say
- Your toddler has an unusual voice and/or stutters
- Your toddler isn't trying to make sentences by two-and-a-half years