AAP recommends to avoid blankets (a potential suffocation hazard) until your baby reaches her first birthday ||A great deal of body heat is lost through a bare head, so make sure your baby wears a hat if she will be in a cold environment ||Sleep sacks and sufficient layers of clothing are safe alternatives to blankets for children less than six months of age ||In case of eczema, use mild, unscented body and laundry soaps. Pat baby's skin dry; don't rub ||Don't let your baby nap in the car seat after you're home as a substitute for crib since it's harder for young babies to breathe in that position ||Make a habit out of drinking a glass of water every time you feed your baby. ||Toddler's appetite may change almost daily. Let her be the judge of how much she needs and wants to eat. ||Bathe baby for no more than ten minutes in warm water especially if he shows signs of skin eczema. ||To help your kid stand up to negative peer pressure, encourage him to talk, use role playing with him, get to know the parents of your child's friends and finally deal with your own peer pressure. ||Preservatives, fragrances, harsh soap, rough fabric, sweat, and stress can be potential irritants for babies suffering from eczema ||
On Biting: causes and ways to deal with


Why does it happens

Aggressive behavior is a normal part of your toddler's development. That doesn't mean you should ignore it, of course. Here are a few reasons why children bite: 

  • Cause and effect: Children at this age are exploring what happens when they do something. They may not realize that biting can hurt others.
  • Attention: Biting is quick way to become the center of attention, even if it is negative attention.
  • Independence: Biting can be a quick way to get a toy you want, or example, or to make another child leave.
  • Frustration: At times, children may resort to hitting, pushing, or biting when they don’t have the ability to talk about their frustration.
  • Stress: Biting can be a way to express feelings and relieve tension that results from stressful events such as a divorce, death of a pet, or starting a new preschool.
  • Imitation
  • Self-defense: Some children bite because other children have bitten them.
 
 
What to do
 
  • Keep your cool. Yelling or hitting won't get your kid to hold back his behavior. You may learn him a lesson on how to control his temper when he watches you control yours.
  • Try to respond immediately whenever your toddler is aggressive. Remove him from the situation for a brief time-out (just a minute or two is enough).
  • Avoid trying to "reason" with your toddler. Toddlers don't possess the cognitive maturity to be able to change their behavior based on verbal reasoning. Better to follow up with logical consequences.
  • Help him learn to negotiate with words rather than aggression. Wait a few minutes and then talk with your child about what caused his or her frustration and how he might express his feelings differently in the future.
  • Make sure your child understands that he needs to say he's sorry after he lashes out at someone. Eventually he'll acquire the habit of apologizing when he's hurt someone.
  • Reward good behavior. Praise children for beginning to learn to share and interact with other children and tell them you're proud of them.
  • Provide physical outlets. Give him plenty of unstructured time, preferably outdoors, to let off steam.
     
What not to do
 
  • Don't listen to your grandmother's advice to teach your child a "lesson" by biting him back. A child this age can't yet see the connection between what he does and what's done to him. What's more, you'll simply send the message that it's okay to sink your teeth into someone
  • Don't feel embarrassed in public. And don't let your embarrassment cause you to take the situation lightly. As much as possible, respond to each episode the way you did last time.
  • Don't expand TV time. Try to monitor which programs your kid watches. Watch TV with him and talk to him about situations that arise.
  • Don't be afraid to seek help. If your child seems to behave aggressively more often than not, if he seems to frighten or upset other children, or if your efforts to curb his behavior have little effect, talk to your child's doctor, who may in turn recommend a counselor or child psychologist.
 

 

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