Immunizations chart

Check out this chart of immunizations and possible side effects for tots to 3 years: Immunization schedule.

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60 minutes of activity

Schedule at least 60 minutes daily for active free play. Toddlers need more than an hour of unstructured physical play in a safe place every day.

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Vaccine schedule

Vaccines schedule for children from the Mayo Clinic.

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Diet and health

Your two-year-old’s health is closely tied to how much he eats, what he eats, and how active he is. Obesity and weight-related diseases affect about 20 percent of all children today.

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Checking for Asthma

Is your child’s cough hanging on longer than normal?

Then you may want to have him checked for asthma. Most of us associate asthma with attacks that leave children wheezing and having difficulty breathing. But asthma can often be detected before it gets to this state.

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Asthma and air quality

If your toddler has asthma, then you may already be familiar with air quality alerts. Poor quality air is fertile ground for asthma attacks, a serious summer health risk for toddlers with asthma.

Check your local news or online each morning to determine the status of air where you live and make plans accordingly.

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Food first, suppliments later

Don’t be quick to give your child nutritional supplements such as Pediasure or other high-calorie snacks when he isn’t eating well. Instead of boosting calories this often backfires and fills your child up with liquids.

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Calories in your tots diet

Drinks can sneak extra calories into your preschooler’s diet. Use this list to find out the calories and sugar in common preschooler beverages like juice, milk, soda, fruit punch and sports drinks.

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Nuts and seeds

Think of nuts and seeds as little storage units for nutrients. Almond butter, cashew butter, sunflower seed butter, and hazelnut butter are great alternatives to peanut butter but with the same healthy fats, minerals, fiber and vitamins.

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Appearance of asthma

Approximately 50 percent of children with asthma appear to outgrow asthma when they reach adolescence.

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Asthma triggers

Exposure to allergens such as dust mites, cockroaches, mold, pollens, or animal dander can trigger or worsen symptoms in some children with asthma.

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Prevent and treat asthma attacks

It’s important that you work with your toddler’s healthcare provider to prevent and treat asthma attacks.

With the right medications, education, an asthma action plan, and regular medical follow-up, most asthmatic children do just fine.

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Overweight kids

According to the national Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System, 10.2 percent of children in the United States under the age of five were overweight in 1998.

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Asthma in Toddlers

Asthma in Toddlers is the leading cause of chronic illness in children. Asthma in Toddlers affects as many as 10%-12% of children in the U.S. and, for unknown reasons, is steadily increasing.

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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.

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Getting shots with your tot

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

It can also result in a struggle at vaccination time. If you have to hold your child down for shots, they will be even more traumatized.

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Autism and childhood vaccines

Despite much controversy on the topic, researchers haven’t found a clear connection between autism and childhood vaccines. Although signs of autism may appear at about the same time children receive certain vaccines – such as the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine – this appears to be simply a coincidence.

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prepping for school colds

When preping for pre-school stock up on tissues, saline drops, antibacterial soap and gel, wipes, all the little items you wish you had in your pocketbook, car, or briefcase. As soon as the first cold hits, and it will, you’ll be so glad you did.

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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.

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When tots start eating meat

Meat is started somewhere between 9 and 12 months of age.

Your daughter’s doctor recommended the upper age to start meats. The primary concern for starting meat is that it is a good source of iron and iron deficiency anemia is the primary nutritional deficiency in infants and children.

By age one, she should be consuming about 2 servings from the meat, poultry, fish, dry beans and eggs group per day. One serving would consist of about 1 ounce or 1-2 Tbsp. of any of these.

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