Toddlers, they are tricky little creatures. With their growth and development come changes both emotionally and physically. If you are concerned about your toddler’s health, you are not alone. Here are the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions to toddler health concerns.
Head Bumps Head bumps are common occurrence in the lives of toddlers. In most cases there is no need to worry when your toddler’s fall results in a bump, just be sure to pay a little extra attention in case there is a more severe head injury. Signs can include vomiting within hours after the accident, disorientation, excessive sleepiness, slurred speech, dizziness. If your child exhibits any of these signs or losses consciousness you should seek medical attention immediately.
Ear Infections Ear infections are as frequent as a cold for many children. While there are no measures that will completely prevent ear infections, proper hand washing and the flu vaccine can help to lower the risk of infection. Do not give your child a bottle when they are laying down as the liquid can flow into the middle ear and cause the infection.
Social Skills It isn’t uncommon for children under the age of 3 not to play together. Toddlers will typically play near each other, but they usually do not play together. Each child is unique. Some children prefer independent play as opposed to playing in a larger group.
Dental Care Toddlers should have their first trip to the dentist by age 1. However, at home dental care should begin as soon as the first tooth appears. Using a soft wash cloth, wipe around the tooth before bedtime. By age 1, you should be brushing your child’s teeth with an age appropriate toothbrush and toothpaste.
Dietary Changes During the toddler years many parents make the switch from whole to low fat milk. Generally, children can make the transition around 18 months old. Milk is an important factor for growth and development, so it is important that it is fortified with iron and vitamin D.