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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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DOCTOR'S SUGGESTIONS:

 

1. IPECAC: This medicine (OTC) is a necessity for your medicine cabinet. It is used to make your toddler vomit in the event he/she swallows something that is poisonous (pills, plants). If you suspect a poison ingestion, call our office or the Poison Control Center. Keep the Poison Control Center telephone number by your phone.

2. Sleeping: Sleeping patterns may be changing at this age and don't be upset if daytime naps disappear. Your child may be tired, but will fight your attempt to put him/her in for a rest. Do not give up. Most children, when tired, will fall asleep after fussing or crying for 15-20 minutes.

3. Behavior: Toddlers love to imitate what their parents do and say. Try not to say or do things around your children that you wouldn't want them to say or do. Good habits are learned at home and now is the time to start. Every day will present new challenges on how to deal with your child's behavior. When problems arise that you are uncomfortable with or unsure how to handle, call our office for advice.

4. Discipline: Discipline is a form of teaching, not punishment. Be patient and take the time to teach your toddler.

Do not be frustrated when your child does not appear to listen. Be calm, do not raise your voice, and avoid hitting. Calmly escort your child to his/her room. It is necessary for your child to remain in his/her room for at least 5 minutes. This is called a time-out. A gate across the doorway or a latch on the door frame to prevent the door from opening can be used to prevent your child from leaving the room. A time-out in your child's room will not cause your child to develop a fear of his/her room. Variations of this time-out suggestion can be used to handle new situations as they present.

5. Bottle Caries:Never put your baby to sleep with a bottle or allow your child to walk around with the bottle in his/her mouth. The sugar in milk and juice can cause rapid tooth decay. Now is the time to begin weaning your baby from the bottle. By 18 months, your baby should be off the bottle. Read the section in the 18 month visit on suggestions on eliminating your child's bottle.

 

___Vi-Daylin Multi + Iron Drops-one dropperful daily

___Vi-Daylin/F Multi + Iron Drops-one dropperful daily

___Fluoride (Pediaflor) 0.25 mg/day

 

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