Mercury and ADHD

Nearly all fish and shellfish contain traces of mercury, which can zap kids’ ability to think and concentrate. For children, these potential side effects occur with much lower levels of exposure than for adults. Kids with ADHD to avoid high mercury fish including shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish.

Random acts of kindness

Teach random acts of kindness, and encourage your kids to find three ways that they can be loving and caring.

Potty Training in the media

Despite all the articles on toilet training in the popular media, very few scientific studies have addressed the issue of how best to potty train a child, and isn’t backed up by scientific evidence.

Curb treats for good behavior

Curb the tendency of rewarding your toddler with a treat whenever he/she does well, as this will make him/her develop an unhealthy emotional relationship with food.

The trick to get kids eating healthy

The best way to get kids to eat healthy is to give them a choice between two or more healthy foods.

Watch out for small objects

Anything that’s small or sharp is dangerous, as kids love exploring with their mouths. Make sure these objects are out of reach.

Teaching to tidy up

An important part of teaching a child how to tidy up is to have a tidy set up in the first place. Have containers and bins that are designated for certain toys.

Weanng tots

Gradually cutting back the number of times you breastfeed during the day is a good weaning method. Not only did a slow approach help stave off the breast engorgement and depression that can accompany early or abrupt weaning, but it made the transition to a bottle or cup an easy one.

Fighting bed wetting?

Instead of sending your child off to sleep with a bladder full of water or juice, just cut off the fluids a couple of hours ahead of bedtime.  And make sure she potties right before she snuggles in for the night.  This way you’re increasing her chances for a dry night.

Bathing baby

When bathing, use a mild soap on her hands and diaper area. You can just use water on the rest of her body most days, unless she’s really dirty. Working from the top down, focus on the cleanest areas first, and move toward the grimiest (or poopiest).

Playground equipment for your yard

When getting outdoor play equipment, make sure your backyard is large enough. Watch out for obstacles, such as trees, utility poles, and wires.

Balloons at chld parties

Avoid having balloons at parties for kids under 3, because balloons can be a choking hazard.

Determining when your tot is ready for a big bed

Most baby experts agree that a toddler will be ready to move from a cot to a "big girl" bed between the ages of 2 and 3 years old. Physically, it’s recommended that your toddler has reached a height of three feet (90 cm) tall.

Learning to brush gums early

It may be too late for your already 2 year old, but a good tip is to start very early. You can brush your baby’s gums with a soft brush even before there are any teeth in there.

Differences between night terrors and nightmares

Understand night terrors are not the same thing as nightmares. Toddlers who wake in the middle of the night crying but consolable are having nightmares. Night terrors are periods of hysterical crying, screaming and non-responsiveness. The child will eventually calm down but not remember the event at all.

Soaps 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.

Toddler serving size

The typical serving size for a toddler is about 1/4 of what an adult size serving would be, so you would only expect a toddler to eat 1/4 of a slice of bread, 1-2 tablespoons of vegetables, or 1 ounce of meat.

40% of kids have allergies

As many as 40 percent of kids are bothered by common indoor allergens such as dust mites, pet dander, and mold.

Biting is bad

Biting is among the most bothersome and embarrassing kid behaviors. Take comfort in knowing this child behavior problem is usually temporary, and much more typical than you may think.

Getting past the “picky-eater” stage

If your child is going through a picky-eater stage, invite over a friend who is the same age or slightly older whom you know “likes to eat”. Your child will catch on. Group feeding lets the other kids set the example.