Parents' Top 12 Toddler Health Worries
Once your child enters year two, you can strip his pediatrician's number from your "call favorites" list, right? Not so fast. Here are the most commonly asked health questions by parents of kids under 24 months.
Month 13 Worry
Do first steps mean it’s time for first shoes? Our pediatrician gives advice on the importance of soft walking shoes for toddlers in month 13, plus what common childhood foot problems mean. (Hint: They’re probably not as problematic as you think!) Read his advice, here.
Month 14 Worry
Tiny as they are, your toddler’s teeth are especially succeptible to cavities right now. Our pediatrician offers tooth-cleaning advice for month 14, plus a timeline of when to schedule the first trip to the dentist. Read his advice, here.
Month 15 Worry
Though it may be hard to hear that your teeth-baring toddler’s behavior is normal, our pediatrician says just that. Read how biting plays a role in your child’s developing communication skills in month 15, and what you can do about it. Read his advice, here.
Month 16 Worry
If your child just had mac ‘n’ cheese for the ninth consecutive meal this week, take heart in our pediatrician’s advice. It’s easier than you think in week 16 to vary your toddler’s diet! Read his advice, here.
Month 17 Worry
Have you started thinking about how to discipline your child? Our pediatrician offers simple ideas for introducing the concept of time-out to toddlers in
month 17 and handling their frustrating (but age-appropriate!) behaviors. Read his advice, here.
Month 18 Worry
Potty training is a two-steps forward, one-step back kind of process—especially in month 18! But rest assured: Your child will get there. Our pediatrician offers simple toilet training tips. Read his advice, here.
Month 19 Worry
It’s a consistent question for parents of kids in daycare: “Is it safe to send my child if she has the sniffles? A cough? Pinkeye?” Here’s what our doc has to say about the prevalence of illness in month 19, and when to keep sick toddlers home. Read his advice, here.
Month 20 Worry
Did you know that infrequent bowel movements aren’t the only sign of constipation? Our pediatrician reveals what it truly means for a toddler to be constipated in month 20, plus how to help this condition, well, pass. Read his advice, here.
Month 21 Worry
It was a triumph when you got your child to sleep through the night during infancy. Now toddlerhood (and month 21, especially) brings a host of new issues in the form of night terrors! See why your toddler might wake up screaminghere.
Month 22 Worry
First formula or breastmilk, then dairy goodies like cheese and yogurt, then whole milk … when is it time for yet another milk switch for your toddler? Our pediatrician explains why parents should wait a bit longer than month 22 to switch their child to skim milk. Read his advice, here.
Month 23 Worry
If your child has had to gulp more than one round of bubble-gum-tasting meds for his ear infections this year (or even this month), read on: Our doc explains the myths and facts about your toddler’s ears. Read his advice, here.
Month 24 Worry
Before you call your pediatrician because your child’s not yet talking your ear off (or toddling around the room) in month 24, check out this expert advice: Our doc says to relax, then learn what’s really expected (and totally normal!) right now. Read his advice, here.
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