By now, your toddler should be drinking only from a cup. If your child is still drinking from a bottle, it is important to wean off the bottle to prevent dental problems. Your toddler should continue to drink 16-24 ounces/day of whole milk (rather than reduced fat or skim) until 2 years of age. You can also give your toddler water to drink. Limit juice intake to 4-6 ounces per day, although it is not necessary to give juice at all if your child is eating fruits. It is better to drink water, which has no sugar. Avoid giving your child soda.
Children at this age enjoy feeding themselves. Your toddler will probably be using her fingers to eat, but may be starting to use a spoon. Feeding time can be messy, but it is good to let your child try to eat independently. Try not to let eating time be a struggle. It should be enjoyable for your child. Your child should eat 3 meals a day plus nutritious snacks (cheese, fruit, vegetables). Try to ensure that he is eating a variety of healthy foods including fruits, vegetables, cheese, yogurt, lean meats, whole grains. Keep in mind, though, that children do not grow as fast in the second year of life and may eat less than they used to. Let your child determine the amount he wants to eat.
Avoid foods that are a choking hazard, such as peanuts, popcorn, raw carrots or celery, hard candy, or tough meat. Hot dogs and grapes should be cut into small pieces. Even though food may be in small pieces, small children frequently put large amounts in their mouths and can still choke. Always supervise your child while eating.
Every child is unique and reaches developmental milestones at his own pace. There is a wide range of normal, and many children will attain some milestones earlier and other milestones later. If you have questions about your child's development feel free to discuss this with us.
Try to let your child explore new things as long as she is in a safe environment, and you are there to protect her. Children learn through exploration and you can help to stimulate their development by allowing to discover new things. Read to your child every day. This helps them to learn new things.
Keep your child's teeth clean and healthy by brushing after meals and before bedtime. You can use a toothbrush with fluoride toothpaste in the amount of a grain of rice. Fluoride helps protect the teeth from decay, but too much can cause fluorosis and discoloration of the teeth. Limit your child's juice intake to 4-6 ounces/day, and avoid sipping juice throughout the day. Avoid drinking milk or juice before bed after the teeth have been brushed. It is better to drink water once the teeth have been brushed at bedtime. If your water supply is not fluoridated, your child may also need to take fluoride supplements.
ALL children 6 months of age and older should receive a Flu vaccine every fall!
Your child may get a fever and be fussy for 24-48 hours after the immunizations. There may also be some soreness, redness and swelling at the site of the immunization. Acetaminophen may be given to help make your baby more comfortable.
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