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Activity Objectives To Toddler Lesson Plans
Can physical activity @ warm weather raise a temp to a fever level if a toddler plays outside when hot, & if it goes back to normal once calmed down?
Yes- warning sign: Being active outside on a hot day can raise body temperature so much that it can cause heat stroke, a very serious condition. Stay well-hydrated with water and avoid prolonged exertion outside on hot days. See http://www. Emedicinehealth. Com/heat_exhaustion_and_heat_stroke/page10_em. Htm#heat_exhaustion_and_heat_stroke_prevention.
Toddler falls often: Toddlers often run without fear or thought and fall. I would worry if yours falls when walking normally, or with an abnormal stance when running or appears to be unsteady when standing. I would not worry if the falls are associated with running without fear and then tripping by chance. If worried, have your doc check the legs and running in the docs office.
9-18 months: From your spoon to her spoon: You can help your baby extend her interest in spoon foods while she is learning finger foods by 1) giving her a small spoon of her own; 2) Alternating bites (she feeds herself and then a separate spoon you are holding; 3) Putting some food on the spoon for her - so she can get to the good part fast. Learning a spoon may take months, but looking back it will seem quick.See 3 more doctor answers
Biting toddler: Your first response may be "ouch". Then patience and firmly respond to your toddler by saying - "No, we do not bite ". Make sure you remove him /her from the situation if they are frustrated and explain in few words that biting hurts others.
Provide food: As a parent this is really hard to do. Your job as a parent is to provide the food options and meals. It is the baby's decision what they are going to eat! The best way to get a toddler to eat veggies is to emphatically eat them yourself! Toddlers really don't gain much weight compared to babies, either, so it is normal for them to not eat much. His growth curve will let you know if he's on track
Toddler speak: This is how toddlers communicate. First, no is a simple and meaningful word that is often picked up early. Second, it holds great power because it often earns a big response from caretakers and thus gets repeated a lot.See 1 more doctor answer
Hard to say: Many studies show that the average kid has 5-7 respiratory illnesses/yr to age 5 and 2-3 diarrhea illnesses in the same period. Whether or not your kid is rather normal in incidence, or more, can best be sorted out by your kids doc. Kid behaviors include constant mouthing of fingers when they are not touching everything and contaminating them with germs.
Self definition: Many children when they first develop a strong sense of their own identity will identify things they like as "mine" with emphasis. This can go on for some months but eventually will disappear and they better distinguish what is truly theirs from other things in their environment.See 1 more doctor answer
Typically-developing: 6-mo.- olds repeat behaviors that elicit positive or negative attention from their parents, so getting angry at them or giving them what they want make any behavior persist. If you consistently give immediate rewards/praise, for behaviors you want & ignore behaviors you don't want, your toddler will not be "spoiled". Learn how to use time-out effectively for 18 mos. & older. See comments below.
Toddler bed: Once a child starts climbing from the crib, injuries from falls can occur. Most toddler beds are age approved for 18 months and up. When introducing the bed, be sure to check the room for things that could be swallowed, tangled in or fallen over/in. A good quality baby gate at the door of the room is a good idea to prevent some of the inevitable wandering that will occur. Good luck!!
Keep trying: Veggies are an important part of a well balanced diet, so its important toddlers eat them. Keep trying. Let your child be part of the cooking process (even if its just giving them some of the food to feel and taste raw) and let them choose which veggie to have for dinner. Puree veggies into sauces (where their strong flavor is a bit disguised) or try them raw with fun dips (hummus, yogurt, etc).
Comfort: An uncomplicated cold is viral and currently there is no medicine cure. Comfort includes keeping well hydrated, a vaporizer, and saline (salt water) nose drops. Over the counter cold remedies are not recommended for young children due to safety concerns. If you have questions, contact your pediatrician.See 1 more doctor answer
When they climb out: The easy answer is when they learn to climb out of their crib. Some toddlers learn early and some never try and climb out. Once they do, it is safer to have them in a bed low to the floor. That can be a toddler bed or just a low bed with a rail to prevent falls. I always say the longer in the crib, the longer you sleep!
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