Soothing a stuffy nose

Saline nose drops or spray provides immediate relief for a stuffy nose. They moisten membranes making it easier for your child to either blow their nose on their own.


Don’t call multivitamins candy – this will have your toddler begging for more. The multi’s cartoon-character shapes are tempting enough without being told they’re a treat.

Antibiotics and colds

Don’t be tempted to push your doctor for antibiotics to treat the cold. Antibiotics won’t help and the overuse can cause resistance in the future.

Why toddlers vomit and get diarrhea

Vomiting and diarrhea are common in toddlers because they tend to put everything (including fingers) in their mouths.

Allergy or cold?

Repeated cold-like symptoms that last 1-2 weeks, the same time every year, including a runny nose, nasal stuffiness, sneezing, throat clearing, and itchy, watery eyes may be the signs of allergies.

Washing hands is important

The single most important thing your child can do to prevent illness is to wash his or her hands thoroughly and frequently.

Have a primary health provider

Make sure your child has a primary health provider. A familiar pediatrician or family practitioner, will know your child before your child has an illness, injury, or developmental delay that requires medical attention.

Soaps, shampoos, and dry skin

Soaps, shampoos, and bubble baths can dry your child’s skin and may cause rashes, so use them sparingly.

They may also be irritating to the urethra, which in turn might increase the risk of urinary tract infections. To avoid having your toddler sit too long in potentially irritating soap-filled water, have playtime at the beginning of the bath, and save the soap and shampoo for the end.


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Choose an appropriate flavor for medicines

If available, choose a favorite or fun flavor for your toddler’s medicine, such as cherry, grape, or bubble gum.

If appropriate, request the flavor when your doctor writes the prescription.

From 365 Toddler Tips.

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Drinking milk

For children, who don’t care for milk, add a few drops of food coloring and serve with straws.

Colic Tips

Research shows that babies who are held or carried more (both during the colic spells & other times) are less susceptible to colic.

Immunization Scheduler

Get the best protection for your child by making sure your child is immunized on schedule with this immunization scheduler from American Academy of Pediatrics.
From: American Academy of Pediatrics

Battling Allergies

Battle down the allergens. Vacuum at least 2X a week & invest in a vacuum with a HEPA air purifying filte and allergen filtration system.
From: Mommy


ADHD is a medical condition linked to chemical imbalance in the brain, officially recognized by medical experts incl. the Surgeon General

Diagnosing ADHD

It is difficult to diagnose ADHD in children under 5. This is because many preschool children have some ADHD symptoms in various situations.

Combatting Alergies

Mold grows quickly in the refrigerator, so be sure to clean it frequently with bleach, and throw away old food.
From: Mommy

Growth slows in year 2

Growth slows down in the second year. This means toddlers often have small appetites and need less food. The amount eaten from day-to-day can change dramatically. Although this sometimes worries parents, this change is normal and doesn’t mean your child is being difficult or is unwell. From: Better Health Channel

What’s in a cold?

A cold is a virus that must run its course. Over-the-counter medications, approved by your child’s physician, may help with some symptoms, but the cold will generally stick around for 7-10 days.


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Building immunity

Do what you can to boost your toddler’s immunity naturally. Offer your child a variety of healthy foods so he gets the nutrients he needs. source

Daycare policies

Check daycare center’s policy on keeping sick kids away from healthy ones. Many facilities require a child with a fever to stay home. source