My 5-year-old grandson had his tonsils out about two weeks ago. He’s been talking funny ever since. At first I thought he was just talking that way because his throat was sore and it hurt to talk, but he’s still doing it. It’s pitched quite a bit higher, sounds more nasal, and it also seems like he’s not enunciating as clearly as he used to. My stepdaughter asked the doctor about it and whether it would go away and he said no, it’s pretty much permanent.
I can understand the higher pitch and nasally tone. After all, he’s had something removed that’s been obstructing his breathing somewhat, so that’s bound to have an effect on the tonal quality. But I can’t figure out why he’s suddenly not speaking clearly. The best I can describe it would be similar to someone with a cleft palate. Any ideas what would cause this?