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.
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!
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.
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.
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: Diaper Rash
Loose, runny stool. Lack of tears, urine, or other bodily fluids.
Intestinal Infections – viruses, bacteria, parasites, you name it. These are normally contagious until the diarrhea runs its course.
Food Intolerance or Sensitivity – Lactose intolerance or sensitivity to chemical additives, colorings or sugars
Food Allergy – Normally other signs as well, such as a rash, runny nose, wheezing, cough, etc…
Normal changes, as suggested below.
Some toddlers get runnier, and perhaps more foul smelling stools due to a variation in diet. This is no cause for concern.
Determine the cause of the diarrhea. Is your child vomiting? Does he have a fever? Is your child dehydrated? Did he get a hold of any food or drink that had been left out too long?
Eliminate foods that could be irritating including dairy products (except yogurt) and fruit juice.
Determine the severity or the diarrhea and dehydration. Weigh your child daily. Is baby playful? Are her eyes wet?
Keep a record of the amount and consistency of the diarrhea for your next doctor’s visit.
Hydrate your toddler with Pedialyte and breast milk, if she is still nursing.
Feed your child half as much, twice as often. Ice chips, white grape juice, electrolyte popsicles should be given for dehydration.
Give diet of bland foods like toast, bananas, white rice, apple sauce, yogurt, breast milk, (and formula only in cases of mild diarrhea)
If your child has bloody diarrhea, dehydration, severe diarrhea, is acting lethargic, has abdominal pain, or continued weight loss, contact your Pediatrician for an appointment within the day.
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