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Behavior
Parenting a toddler can be challenging, to say the least. From the depths of separation anxiety to the joys of learning new words, this can be an anxious and exciting time. Finding the perfect balance of showing love and enforcing boundaries will result in your toddler's ability to thrive.
Bonding
Every age is a great age, but the time your child is a toddler is special. This is the age he learns to walk, he learns to talk, and he begins to explore the world around him. You're all sure to have a great time watching him interact with the world around him. Enjoy!
Nutrition
Notably, many toddlers take a dive in the quality of their nutrition after introduced to finger foods. Many toddlers today are consuming high sugar juices and high fat, low nutrition foods. Find out how to get your toddler the vitamins and minerals he needs to thrive.
Play
Toddlers love to play, especially with their mommies! You're their favorite playmate, because you're their favorite person. So go outside, or get down on the floor and play with your toddler. The memories you create will last forever.
Potty Training

Is your toddler ready to be rid of diapers? More importantly, are you ready?

Safety
Keeping our children safe is top priority of moms everwhere. Yet, sometimes it is difficult to know what resources are out there to help us accomplish our goals.
Toddler’s Health
Now that your toddler is mobile, it is sometimes harder to gauge his colds, viruses, and the seriousness of injuries. He is often too busy to notice. Luckily by now, you know your child well enough to determine when he's ready for a time out.
 
 
Toddler Health: Ear Infections


Symptoms

Otitis Media is an infection of the middle ear, right behind the eardrum, and is the most common ear infection found in babies and small children. Ear infections normally occur in a child that has a cold already. Symptoms include:

  • Ear pain – tugging on ear
  • Hearing loss
  • Fever above 100 F
  • Fluid draining from ear
  • Cries during feeding

Causes

Ear infections are not contagious; however, the colds that cause them are. Otitis Media can be caused by a number of viruses and bacteria. Some children are more prone to recurring ear infections than others.

Mistaken for

Colds
Viruses/ Flu

Treatment

A doctor can diagnose ear infections by looking into your baby’s ear with an otoscope. While some ear infections clear up on their own within a few days, other infections require antibiotics and perhaps some ear drops for pain. After treatment, some children may have fluid in the ear lasting up to two weeks. As the fluid clears, the infection will too.

To prevent further ear infections:

  • Breastfeed your baby. The antibodies in the breast milk will build up your baby’s immune system to protect him from Otitis Media, among other things.
  • When bottle feeding your baby, feed him in an upright position.
  • Keep your baby away from cigarette smoke and dust.

 

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