Tips for a Healthier Toddler

Dealing with toddlers requires a different level of energy, patience, creativity, and understanding. You have survived the sleepless nights during their infancy. Now, you must go through longer days of running after them and answering the most bizarre questions you will ever be asked.

Tips for a Healthier Toddler

Dealing with toddlers requires a different level of energy, patience, creativity, and understanding. You have survived the sleepless nights during their infancy. Now, you must go through longer days of running after them and answering the most bizarre questions you will ever be asked.

Dealing with toddlers requires a different level of energy, patience, creativity, and understanding. You have survived the sleepless nights during their infancy. Now, you must go through longer days of running after them and answering the most bizarre questions you will ever be asked.

How to Make your Toddler Healthy

Getting them to eat will most likely be one of your biggest challenges. At this point, all they probably want to eat are treats, sweets, and candies. Here are some suggested tips to make your toddler eat healthy:

  1. Eat together as a family. An environment with a happy vibe will make eating a happy activity. Serve healthy food you would like your toddler to eat. Also, give your toddler some positive reinforcement for eating healthy or trying to eat something new by praising him or her.
  2. Do not force your toddler to eat everything on his or her plate. You decide which healthy food your toddler should eat but let him or her decide how much he or she can eat.
  3. Prepare food from all five food groups every day. These five food groups are: carbohydrates, protein, milk and dairy products, fruits and vegetables, and fats and sugar. Together, these foods provide the right mix of nutrients your toddler needs.
  4. Establish a meal plan routine. It can be three meals with two to three snacks a day. Of course, these meals should be nutritious.
  5. Have your toddler drink six to eight beakers or cups of water each day. Use beakers or cups, not bottles.
  6. Give vitamin d to your toddler every day. As much as you want to nourish him or her through the food you prepare, her body cannot take to eat all of those at the same time. This is where supplements can help you.
  7. Do not give food or drink as a reward, play with your toddler instead. Some parents let their kids eat nutritious food first
  8. Do not force feed. Even if they are just toddlers, they have already developed their own preferences when it comes to food. Some children are picky, while some finish everything on their plate. There are toddlers who like to eat their food in separate containers, while some want them all mixed up. Respect you toddler’s preferences as long you he or she still eats nutritious food.
  9. Limit serving fried food, cakes, biscuits, and packet snacks to small amounts. Avoid feeding your toddler with sugary squash, fruit juice, fizzy drinks, coffee, or tea. Whole nuts and small, round foods should also be avoided since they may result to choking.
  10. Let your toddler have at least three hours of physical activities and 12 hours of sleep each day. Most kids now prefer to sit idly and either watch tv or play games in an iPad. Let your kids be kids. Encourage them to go out and play and interact with other kids. Take your toddler to a playground or enroll him or her in a play school. This will keep your toddler active why starting to develop her social skills at the same time.

10 Most Common Toddler Sickness and their Treatments

No matter how much healthy food you feed your child, they are bound to get sick. Their sickness can be caused by virus being passed around, or even just by the change in weather. Here are the top 10 most common sickness among toddlers and their treatments:

  1. Sore Throat. Sore throat is a very common sickness among children. It is caused by a virus and does not necessarily require medicine and antibiotics. Your child will get better in seven to ten days. It is important to drink lots of water and to rest for faster recovery.
  2. Ear Pain. Ear pain is another common sickness among children. It can be caused by many factors including: ear infection, teeth pain, pressure due to a cold or sinus infection, and many more. Take your toddler to the pediatrician to be officially diagnosed. His or her ear will be checked to single out the actual cause. Usually, amoxicillin is prescribed by doctors to treat ear infections.
  3. Urinary Tract Infection (UTI). UTIs, also called bladder infections, happen when bacteria start to build up in the urinary tract. Your toddler will feel pain when urinating, frequent urge to urinate, pain in the abdomen, or pain at the back. The pediatrician would require a urine sample test before making the official diagnosis and before making a prescription.
  4. Common Cold. Viruses in the upper respiratory tract result to common colds. Young children can get around six to eight common colds in a year – especially those in child care because virus is easily passed around. Symptoms include, cough, runny nose, and congestion. This can last for up to ten days. Usually, common colds do not require antibiotics. More water, fruits, and rest should be enough. However, if your child’s pediatrician will detect sinus infection, antibiotics might be prescribed.
  5. Bronchiolitis. Most cases of bronchiolitis are recorded during the cold and flu season among infants and young children. You may hear wheezing from your toddler when he or she breathes. As it is caused by a virus, an antibiotic is usually not prescribed. Instead, it is recommended that you make your child comfortable and closely monitor him or her for any signs of difficulty in eating, breathing, or possible dehydration.

How to Spot Developmental Delays in Toddlers

For most parents, time flies fast as they watch their kids grow and develop. It is part of a usual conversation among parents to talk about their children’s firsts and milestones. “When did your baby start walking?” “At how many months did she start taking in solid food?” As a parent, you probably cannot help but start to compare. It is important to remember that children grow and develop at different paces. However, you may start to worry that what if your child’s development is delayed? Is there anything you must or can do to help?

Before we go there, let us first talk about the five areas of skill development among children for better context.

  1. Cognitive or thinking skills. This refers to your child’s ability to learn, think, and solve problems. It is how your toddler explores the world around him or her using their eyes, hands, and ears. It also includes things like naming colors, learning how to count, and learning new words.
  2. Social and emotional skills. This speaks about your toddler’s ability to relate to other people. It includes how your child expresses and controls his or her emotions. You can assess it by observing if your toddler is able to ask for help, get along with the people around him or her, and show and express feelings.
  3. Speech and language skills. This refers to your child’s ability to understand and use language. Observe if your child can communicate such that he or she is understood by others and if he or she understands what other say.
  4. Fine and gross motor skills. This is a child’s ability to use small (fine motor) and large muscles (gross motor) in his or her body to do things like jumping, running, and climbing stairs.
  5. Daily living activities. This is the ability to perform everyday tasks – including eating, dressing, and bathing by themselves.

Now, going back, a developmental delay is not just about learning the skills mentioned above a little slower compared to other kids of the same age. Developmental delay is present when a child is continuously behind in gaining and learning skills expected at a particular age. A delay can happen in one or a few of the five skill areas. If a child is experiencing delays in at least two areas at the same time, it is called a global developmental delay.

It is important to note that developmental delays are beyond your control. There is no single cause attributed to developmental delays, but here are some risk factors:

  • Complications at birth – being born prematurely, birth weight is too low, not enough oxygen when the baby was born
  • Environmental issues – poor nutrition, poisoning, trauma, difficult family situations, exposure to drugs or alcohol before birth
  • Other medical conditions – illnesses or injuries that may have a big and long-term impact to the child’s capability to handle day to day activities.

There are some red flags that can alert parents and guardians that may be directly correlated to developmental delays:

  1. Behavioral: Aggression toward other people, self-harm, lack of social interaction, repetitive body movements, does not make eye contact
  2. Gross Motor Skills: Clumsy, no hand-eye coordination, stiff or floppy arms and legs
  3. Vision: Child likes to stare at unusual objects, head is turning to one side while looking at something, puts things very close to his or her face, refuses to pick up objects
  4. Hearing: No response to either verbal or visual prompts, does not start speaking or speech digresses, prefers listening with one ear, likes to yell or talk very loudly.

Allie Leon, Chief Fun Officer

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