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When our little babies hit their first few years, you know you’re in for a treat. You can interact with them in a whole new level than when all they can do is to share giggles with your lullaby. In this age, you can play, run, talk, sing and dance with them. And while you’re enjoying their mobility and activity that much it would be best to be aware on what else to expect as you journey with them through their toddler years. Aside from having improved physical and motor skills like flipping book pages & building blocks, improved sensory and cognitive development like responding to their names, being able to say a few words and even make some simple choices, these toddlers now have a more progressed way of showing affection which makes our lives a lot sweeter.
But you see, even if they are growing fast every second, their requirement for our utmost care is still, and will always be, necessary. It is important to ensure you show up regularly at your toddler’s checkups, adhere to their vaccination schedules, and equipping yourself with adequate knowledge on provide home remedies, first aid or CPR. It also pays to learn how to appease any pain that your toddler might feel and to be acquainted with soothing techniques to ensure your baby’s health and wellness.
While you leave all medication prescriptions and concerns to the professional, you can facilitate the provision of home remedies for quick relief while you are still at home. Your baby will adore you for the comfort it gives! Here are some of the things that you can prepare or do regarding your toddler’s common health concerns:
Common Colds a.k.a “Mr. Sniffles” – you can prepare your little one a comforting cup of soup or apply gentle vapour rubs. You can also improvise a humidifier by running a hot shower and joining your kid inside the bathroom to inhale steam and loosen up his tight mucus. You can give your toddler saline drops or provide them with a room that is quite conducive for resting.
Toothing Discomfort – provide cold teethers to let them bite and soothe their painful gums.
Vaccine Shot Discomforts – provide warm compress on the site (if advised) to lessen the inflammation; and if prescribed, give appropriate dose of analgesic.
As much as possible make the visit to the doctor a family affair to make the child feel comfortable especially when they are due for a vaccination. Providing them with emotional support will help them go through the situation of “painful” needles with ease. If it helps boost your child’s courage and confidence, it wouldn’t hurt offering him a reward like an ice cream treat or a toy. You will be surprised with the improvement!
Raising a toddler is quite tedious but it is easy if you know who to turn to for help. Your doctor can provide you with information you need so do not be afraid to voice out your concern. You can also read books or manuals that can teach you tips to make your parenting life easier.
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