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Our Baby's First Two Years
by Robert M. Selig, M.D., FAAP & Joann C. Cozza, D.O., FAAP

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1. Sleeping: Your toddler may wake up in the middle of the night at this age from teething and/or nightmares. Teething can be handled as mentioned earlier in the book. Nightmares are normal at this age and do not require special treatment. If your child is not sick, it is important for him/her to learn how to fall back asleep. It may be necessary to let your child cry until he/she falls back to sleep. Crying will not hurt your child. Your child is not waking up because he/she is hungry. Do not give your child a bottle when he/she awakens. This may prolong the problem and can cause tooth decay.

2.Discipline: Temper tantrums are a learned behavior. Tantrums occur in response to your toddler being told "no" or when he/she does not get his/her way. Some children will throw themselves on the floor or bang their head against the wall. It is important to protect your child from getting hurt. Distraction (calling out your child's name or physically moving him/her to another room) may halt the tantrum long enough to prevent harm to your child. Use time-outs (described earlier in book) to help deal effectively with your child's tantrum. Children look for ways to get attention (positive or negative) from their parents. Avoid yelling at your child in response to a temper tantrum. This only acts to reinforce your child's negative behavior by giving negative attention. It is important to establish a consistent approach when dealimg with your child's tantrums.

See the section on discipline in the 2 year visit for more suggestions on how to discipline your child.

3. Dentist:Your baby's teeth are softer than adult teeth. This makes baby teeth more susceptible to cavities. It is time to make your baby's first appointment with a Pediatric Dentist. Ask us for recommendations.


___Chewable multivitamins with iron

___ViDaylin Multi + Iron drops-one dropperful/day

___ViDaylin/F Multi + Iron drops-one dropperful/day

___Fluoride tablets-0.25 mg/day-up to 3 years of age

___Fluoride drops (Pediaflor)-0.25 mg/day-up to 3 years of age



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