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Health Information For Parents
Kids this age love to play games of make-believe. But their imaginations can sometimes run away with them, and even spook them. Listen to your child’s fears and be there to comfort and reassure him or her when needed.
Doctors use certain milestones to tell if a toddler is developing as expected. There’s a wide range of what’s considered normal, so some children 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 his or her own pace, but certain 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 child might be doing by the third year.
While growth slows somewhat during the toddler years, it’s a new era where kids will eat and drink more independently.
During the third year of life, toddlers are extremely active and mobile, and are learning in very physical ways.
Kids this age are naturally active, so be sure to provide lots of opportunities for your child to practice basic skills, such as running, kicking, and throwing.
Toddlers are learning to talk, to walk and run, and to assert their independence. For many in this age group, “outside” and “play” are common requests.
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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