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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. Shoes: The best shoe for your child is no shoe at all. Let your baby walk around the house barefoot. Socks can be used for additional protection on non-slippery floors. Outside, properly fitting sneakers are best. Hightop shoes do not add extra ankle support and are unnecessary. Hard-sole shoes are not necessary, but can be used after your child has been walking for at least 3 months. If you feel your baby has a problem with his/her feet, please bring it to our attention.


2. Toothbrushing: Now is the time to begin teaching your child to brush his/her teeth. Your baby will want to imitate you. Give your child a baby toothbrush and let him/her watch you. Toothpaste is not necessary now, since most children just swallow it.


3. Sunblock/sun exposure: Your baby's skin is very sensitive and will burn with little sun exposure. The best protection is keeping your baby out of the midday sun. Use a hat and light clothing to protect your child when outdoors (even on cloudy days). Use sunblock with a SPF of 15-30 on any exposed skin surface. Sunblock should be applied 15-30 minutes before going outside to provide the maximum protection. Towel drying (after coming out of the water) and sweating will lessen the protection sunblock offers. Reapply sunblock in these situations to provide better protection.


___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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