Measuring your baby

It is crucial for the doctor’s measurements to be as accurate as possible because a discrepancy of as little as a few millimeters in length or a few grams in weight can make a difference where your baby falls on the charts.

Vitamin D recommendations

The American Academy of Pediatrics doubled the amount of vitamin D recommended for infants & children. In 2003, the AAP recommended 200 international units (IU) a day starting within the first 2 mos.

When tots start eating meat

Meat is started somewhere between 9 and 12 months of age. By age 1, she should be consuming about 2 servings from the meat, poultry, fish, dry beans and eggs group per day.

Autism and childhood vaccines

Despite much controversy on the topic, researchers haven’t found a clear connection between autism and childhood vaccines.

Remembering what’s important

Many parents find it difficult to deal when your toddler is sick and also maintain regular household duties. Let the chores go for a time. Your house will be fine and the rest of your family will survive.

Allergies and hereditary

The tendency to develop allergies is often hereditary. However, just because you or your partner might have allergies doesn’t mean that all of your kids will definitely get them.

Dust and allergies

Dust mites are one of the most common causes of allergies. These microscopic insects live all around us and feed on the millions of dead skin cells that fall off our bodies every day.

Getting shots with your tot

Do not forewarn your child of shots. This will only cause unnecessary anxiety.

Kids and back-to-sickness

Children in large groups are breeding grounds for the organisms that cause illness. The top 5 causes for missed school are colds, stomach flu, ear infection, pink eye and sore throat.

Cold and sickness tip

If your toddler is sick with cold, try applying a balm or petroleum jelly around the nostrils to provide relief and reduce irritation.

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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.

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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.