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How Can I Get My 11 Month Old Daughter To Feed Herself
Keep offering: Some 11 month olds are finger feeding well, others are still more comfortable with pureed foods, so need assistance. Put small foods that have various textures that she can swallow without choking. Sit at the table and eat with her, commenting on the yummy food. Turn off the tv. If she's not interested, give it time. If she continues to have problems, talk with her pediatrician. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Ignoring: The best method is to ignore the child. Make sure she is in a safe place. She needs to get LESS attention from you during a tantrum, not MORE attention! The Storm will pass. Try starting your bedtime routine a bit earlier, and keep the same routine each night. Warm bath, quiet reading time, and no TV. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
You don't!: Babies are quite amazing they will usually only eat as much as their body tells them. Your job is to offer and make foods available so they can eat when they need to. They regulate themselves better then we do. ...Read more
My 11 year old daughter just admitted to me that she wants to kill herself to prevent her father and i getting a divorce. How can I help her?
Medication: Ask your doctor to have the pharmacist mask the taste by adding flavoring. ...Read more
She will, if hungry: A healthy baby will eat or drink when she is hungry. So, parents can't make a baby eat, they can only let her get hungry. She will eat when she gets hungry enough. If she is usually bottle-fed, she will drink if she hasn't eaten a while. If she eats often, she may not take the bottle because she is still full. If she will breast-feed but not bottle-feed, she will take the bottle if hungry enough. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Encourage routine : An 11yo should have a night ritual that promotes relaxation and rest.It helps to exclude action tv shows for the hour prior to bed, and no tv in the room.If possible, evening bathing and body maintenance activities as a wind down can help. If the kid likes to read, it offers a chance to do a sedentary behavior before turning off the lights. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 4 yr old autistic son constantly pushes his 10 month old sister. How can I get him to stop this?
Autism: If he is truly autistic, he will need lots of "occupational therapy" to teach him normal social skills. He should not be left alone with his baby sister but punishing him verbally will probably not help. You should seek skilled therapists in autistic children for guidance on behavioral training. ...Read more
Im trying to ween my 18 month old from sucking a pacifier. How should I do this. Can i give it to her when she goes to bed.
Techniques vary: You can do it as you suggest, giving it to her at only specific times, but I have found that parents who do that are too tempted to use it at other times, for instance, she bumps her head and is crying and you run and get the paci. If you really want to get rid of it , get rid of it. It just doesn't exist anymore.It will be a tough one week, but then the deed is done. It is much better in long run. ...Read more
Reexamination: I don't see anything contraindicated that they can eat. The problem is they don't eat and since they are small, their blood volume is also less and can get dehydrated easily. Bring him back to the doctor to make sure the is not happening as fluids will be necessary. Fluid is the most important factor at this time any which one. ...Read more
Puzzling question: If you are asking how to encourage her to delay her desire to an appropriate age, that is best handled by a councilor/ behavioral health person.Your doc could make the referral to a local source. If you are asking how to help her have sex, this is the wrong site.In my state I would be required to report the issue to Child and Family services for investigation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My son is 6 weeks old and his crying really bad because he is trying to poop how can I get him to poop?
Bowel Movement: If he is breastfed, he can have a bowel movement after each feed, that means 6-8 or more times per day or, about once a week or up to 10 days, don't worry as long as he doesn't have other symptoms like vomiting, fever or poor feeding. Cry can be from other cause. If formula fed, and not moving bowel 3-5 days, talk to his pediatrician. ...Read more
How can I get my very clingy 16 month old to become more independant? I worry about taking her to daycare as she screams for hours when i leave her.
Be suportive: Don't view the clingy response as a failure on your part or a problem.Separation anxiety & stranger danger issues are common infants between 6m - 2yr. When they can grasp the fact that you don't drop off the earth when you leave, but remain in another space, they relax & become easier to manage. ...Read more
May be early for kid: At least 25% of normally functioning kids are not potty trained at three & it may be early to start for your child. Have the equipment on hand & show him where it is. Encourage him practice the maneuvers involved & cut the process into teachable parts, rewarding each skill attained. Become an assistant not a a timekeeper & let him pick out when he wants to try/go. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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