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.
The single most important thing your child can do to prevent illness is to wash his or her hands thoroughly and frequently.
Despite your best efforts, your child is going to get sick, especially during his or her first few years of contact with larger groups of children. But a child’s immunity improves with time.
School-age children gradually become less prone to common illnesses and recover more quickly from the diseases they do catch.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has doubled the amount of vitamin D it recommends for infants, children, and adolescents.
As recently as 2003, the AAP recommended 200 international units (IU) a day starting within the first two months of life.
In the hot weather kids drink a lot of liquids so make time for frequent bathroom breaks.
If your child is still in diapers, be sure to check them often to see if they are in need of a change. The last thing you want is your baby to end up with diaper rash.
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.
Dust mites are the main allergic component of house dust, which is made up of many particles and can contain things such as fabric fibers and bacteria, as well as microscopic animal allergens.
Dust mites are present year-round in most parts of the United States (although they don’t live at high altitudes), and live in bedding, upholstery, and carpets.
Vomiting and diarrhea are common in toddlers because they tend to put everything (including fingers) in their mouths.
Offer her small amounts of clear fluid (water, oral dehydration fluid or flat lemonade diluted one-to-four with water if she won’t drink water alone) regularly until the problem passes. If you are worried that she is not getting better, ask your health care professional for advice.
Make sure your child has a primary health provider.
Prevention is the key to a healthy childhood. So make sure that your child has a primary health provider, such as a pediatrician or family practitioner, who knows your child before your child has an illness, injury, or developmental delay that requires medical attention
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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