How to Help a Stuttering Child

It can be a shock when your child starts stuttering, out of the blue.
Stuttering, also called stammering, is a common speech disorder among young children. Approximately 5 percent of all children go through a period of stuttering that lasts six months or more.

Symptoms of stuttering:

Stuttering symptoms often include:

  • difficulty starting a word or a sentence
  • repetition of a sound, syllable or word

Stuttering often gets worse when the child is excited or feels hurried or pressured. Situations such as talking to a stranger or in front of a group can be particularly difficult for the child who stutters.

Many children who stutter feel embarrassed and ashamed. Stuttering can affect their self-esteem and performance in school.
If the child`s stuttering continues to get worse and lasts longer than six months, speech therapy is recommended.

Risk factors for stuttering:

  • Gender - it is four times more frequent in boys
  • Genetics - stuttering often runs in families
  • Stress, fear
  • Other speech or language problems

Homeopathic treatment for stuttering

Homeopathic remedies are very effective in stuttering. They are natural, gentle, harmless, and easy to take, are regulated by the FDA and prepared according to the Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States.

Homeopathy is a holistic medicine and treats the whole person. Stuttering children are generally more sensitive or anxious and stuttering often starts after a stressful situation or is due to a combination of physical and emotional issues. Homeopathy acts not only on the vocal muscles and the speech but also on the root cause of stuttering.

Homeopathic medicines for stuttering

  • Belladonna - rapid and interrupted speech; insecure and anxious child.
  • Causticum - stutters when anxious, stuttering accompanied by bedwetting or tics (Stramonium); paralysis of the vocal cords; tendency to hoarseness and dry cough.
  • Cuprum metallicum - stuttering due to muscle spasms; hiccough preceding the spasms; abdominal colics.
  • Mercurius solubilis - agitated after being asked a question; stuttering due to hesitancy; hyperactive child.
  • Natrum muriaticum - late learning to talk; introvert, taciturn child; wants to play on his own.
  • Stramonium is the most commonly prescribed medicine for stammering. Stuttering often starts after a fright with difficulty starting a word or phrase. Stuttering accompanied by body or facial movements(tics) or bedwetting; violent nature.

Tips for parents of a stuttering child:

We offer these tips to help you help your child overcome stuttering:

  • Don’t show impatience or irritation when your child is talking to you.
  • Don’t offer suggestions such as, "Slow down," or "Can you say that more clearly?"
  • Try to speak slowly and calmly to your child.
  • Try to maintain a calm, quiet atmosphere at home.
  • Pay attention to what your child is saying, not the way he is saying it
  • Minimize questions and interruptions when your child is speaking.
  • Never call attention to your child’s stutter or other speech disorder.

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