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Health Information For Parents
You may have noticed that your toddler’s growth has slowed a bit since the first year of life. Toddlers grow at a much slower rate than babies do.
While it might look as if little has changed on the outside, your toddler is making strides each day in language development, learning, balance, and coordination.
Doctors use milestones to tell if a toddler is developing as expected. There’s a wide range of what’s considered normal, so some children may gain skills earlier or later than others. Toddlers who were born prematurely may reach milestones later. Always talk with your doctor about your child’s progress.
Here are some things your toddler might be doing:
Every child develops at their own pace. But some signs could indicate a delay in development. Talk to your doctor if your child:
Also, if you ever notice that your child has lost skills or shows weakness on one side of the body, tell your doctor.
Find out what this doctor’s visit will involve and what your toddler might be doing by 18 months.
Toddlers have little tummies, so serve foods that are packed with the nutrients they need to grow healthy and strong, and limit the sweets and empty calories.
The toddler months might continue to bring colds, bruises, and other minor emergencies, but you’ll also find yourself dealing with your toddler’s emerging independence.
Most toddlers this age are walking and gaining even more control over their hands and fingers. Give your child lots of fun (and safe) things to do to encourage this development.
Nighttime feedings may be a thing of the past, but in this second year of life your tot might be rising for other reasons. Learn more.
You’re in for a year of changes! Midway through this year, most babies are walking and starting to lose that “baby” look.
Your toddler is probably saying a few first words now, but you may not be able to understand them all. Learn about how your child is communicating.
Kids go from babies to toddlers during this time, from first steps to walking well. They also make major strides in language and communication.
Learn how to encourage good behavior, handle tantrums, and keep your cool when parenting your toddler.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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