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How much must I talk to my toddler?

How much must I talk to my toddler?

Irreplaceable!: Babies and toddlers learn to talk from seeing a face, mouth and facial expressions during talking or reading. Research shows they do not learn language from watching tv, computer or screen time.. There is no replacement for sitting with your child face to face and telling stories or reading. Toddlers have a higher vocabulary in homes where they have more spoken language and reading interaction. ...Read more

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Day 3 of potty training & my toddler wants to sit on the potty the whole day. I talked with him several times, he refuses to play, what should I do?

Day 3 of potty training & my toddler wants to sit on the potty the whole day. I talked with him several times, he refuses to play, what should I do?

Don't be Stubborn: It can be easy to get into a habit of arguing and it's good to avoid that. In most cases, it will pass on its own. You can entice him away with an activity or person he enjoys but just make a brief offer, then leave. You can out last him. If this sort of stubborness persists, find a gentle child psychologist for eval and play therapy. In any case, keep it light and easy. Good luck. ...Read more

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When should my toddler start talking? I'm worried.

When should my toddler start talking? I'm worried.

Talking: By 9 months a baby should say mama, dada, baba nonspecifically. By 1 yr they should say words with intent (mama=mom etc).By 2 yrs they should be able to say two word sentences and use some pronouns (my car, you go, etc). They should also have a vocabulary of about 50 words. Between 2-3 yrs you should see huge gains in their vocabulary skills.Your pediatrician should be asking about iteachphysical ...Read more

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Because my toddler cannot talk, what symptomss should I look for if there might have been an exposure to meningitis?

Because my toddler cannot talk, what symptomss should I look for if there might have been an exposure to meningitis?

Meningitis: This is characterized by fever, chills, headache, sensitivity to light and/or sound, nausea and vomiting, changes in sensorium (in your toddler alterations in behavior), and neurological abnormalities. If the baby is acting differently than normally, not eating, fussy, crying incessantly, warm to touch, etc., see a pediatrician asap. Unless the exposure was intimate - unlikely to get meningitis. ...Read more

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What evaluations are for a toddler at 24 months and still not talking?

What evaluations are for a toddler at 24 months and still not talking?

Can she/he hear?: The most important first step is to assure that your toddler can hear normally. Talk to your pediatrician. If a baby cannot hear normally, speech acquisition is often delayed. If the hearing is normal, a developmental evaluation may be important. ...Read more

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If my toddler won't potty train or talk, could he have autism?

If my toddler won't potty train or talk, could he have autism?

Depends on age: Children vary a lot in when they develop these skills. Many toddlers don't do either for a long time. If the child is emotionally relating to you it probably is not autism but you should review his or her development with you pediatrician if you are worried. ...Read more

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When strangers wants to talk/play with my 21mths toddler, he ether cries or look warily at them. How to ensure he grows up with good social skills?

When strangers wants to talk/play with my 21mths toddler, he ether cries or look warily at them. How to ensure he grows up with good social skills?

Passing Stage!: Stranger anxiety is very common at this age; it is probably the rule rather than the exception. This is a passing stage and your toddler will eventually become more interested in exploring the world while developing independence. It is important to keep exposing your toodler to social situations rather than sheltering them from interaction. Stranger anxiety little to do with future social skills. ...Read more

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Toddler choked taking medication, choked, cried, had a little hard time talking, but drank liquids fine. Sleeps fine but sounds congested at times?

Toddler choked taking medication, choked, cried, had a little hard time talking, but drank liquids fine. Sleeps fine but sounds congested at times?

Signs to look for: It doesn't sound like anything to worry about, but signs to look for that would indicate the need for a doctor visit are worsening cough, difficulty breathing, wheezing, rapid respiratory rate or fever. If any of these symptoms develop you should contact your pediatrician immediately. ...Read more

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