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.

From: babycenter.com.

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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 Tips.com

ADHD

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 Tips.com

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.

From: parenting.org.

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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

Avoiding germs

Remind toddler not to touch his eyes or rub his nose. Instead, begin teaching him to use a tissue – or at least a clean sleeve source

Straw cups

Drinking from a cup with a straw can help improve your child’s oral motor skills source

Washing hands

Regular hand washing is the simplest, most effective way to get rid of cold & flu bugs. Wash after potty, before meals, & after daycare source

Choking on medicines

Make sure your child is standing or sitting at least a 45-degree angle when taking medicine. This reduces the risk of choking. source

Medicine change up

If your toddler has already turned up her nose at the medicine spoon, try giving her the medication in a medicine dropper. source

Flavored medicine

Empower your child by lettering her choose between different flavors or colors of medicine if you have the option. source