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Expert panel: Toddler

Introducing discipline and bringing home a new baby are areas of concern for many parents of toddlers. If you need advice in helping your child navigate the toddler years you can ask your question here and have it answered by one of our childhood experts. Or, take a look at our previously answered questions, you might just find the answer you were looking for.

Please note questions are not answered live. If you are at all concerned about your health or your bubs contact your doctor immediately.

Questions about Toddler

Avatar meldo...
Jane ...
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This sounds pretty normal, though I'm sorry to say it. It also sounds like you're managing it the right way, by ignoring it and not giving her any ...

Answered: 08 Jul 2012
Avatar debba_a
Jane ...
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It sounds like you're investing alot of time and energy and thought into all of this-and good on you for being such a caring parent. But honestly, ...

Answered: 08 Jul 2012
Avatar CATT91
Jane ...
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Containing an 18 month old toddler in a bed can be a challenge. You may be better leaving her in the cot until you can reason with her and she unde...

Answered: 24 Jun 2012
Avatar mlanigan
Jane ...
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Hi, There are lots of issues to consider with toddler eating and with only a brief understanding of your experiences I can only offer you general a...

Answered: 08 Jul 2012
Avatar rmn0611
Jane ...
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Some kids develop what's known as "Toddler Diarrhoea", which doesn't have any organic cause and does seem to be diet related. Those who have lots o...

Answered: 16 Jun 2012
Avatar Ninabear
Jane ...
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This sounds like pretty normal one year old behaviour to be honest. Growth slows down by the first birthday and toddlers don't need as much food ea...

Answered: 16 Jun 2012
Avatar weefee
Jane ...
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This all sounds pretty normal, though I appreciate that it's a challenge for you to see and deal with every day. Your boy is probably just irritate...

Answered: 10 Jun 2012
Avatar Member
Jane ...
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You could reduce to one bottle for a couple of nights, put water in the bottles or stop cold turkey, Either way there's going to be some protest cr...

Answered: 16 Jun 2012
Avatar Angel...
Jane ...
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Stay calm, use your own role modelling, don't invest too much energy into it and make sure your child can access the toilet/potty independently. Si...

Answered: 16 Jun 2012
Avatar D_Ela...
Jane ...
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Hi, At one year of age his reflux is likely to have improved sufficiently for him to have normal milk. Full cream cow's milk, not the reduced fat v...

Answered: 10 Jun 2012
Avatar Tiffr...
Jane ...
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You need to have her checked by your GP, perhaps her hips need to be re-examined especially if there were problems in the early newborn period. The...

Answered: 16 Jun 2012
Avatar Shawt...
Jane ...
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You need to watch her all the time, for now at least, while she's near the baby. To be honest she's probably just doing what comes naturally to he...

Answered: 03 Jun 2012
Avatar Robyn...
Jane ...
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He won't be able to brush his own teeth sufficiently well until he's around 9 years of age. Until then you will need to do them after he's had a go...

Answered: 03 Jun 2012
Avatar links...
Jane ...
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Young children tend to develop fevers as the temperature regulating mechanism in their brain is immature and they have such a fast metabolism. With...

Answered: 16 Jun 2012
Avatar Lilbil
Jane ...
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Hi, Smacking doesn't work and generally just makes parents feel lousy and guilty. Have you considered a Triple P parent management course? You coul...

Answered: 24 Jun 2012
Avatar Zacch...
Jane ...
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I wonder if a medical check is warranted, just to rule out any underlying physical cause for his vomiting. But it is more than likely to be behavio...

Answered: 03 Jun 2012
Avatar Ksmunro
Jane ...
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AT 14 months of age he's now old enough to cease all his bottles and drink from a cup. Practice makes perfect so give him a cup at breakfast, lunch...

Answered: 03 Jun 2012
Avatar shubbard
Jane ...
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It may be. Eczema tends to be exacerbated by wetness so it could be that. Getting her to stop sucking is probably going to be difficult. Some toddl...

Answered: 10 Jun 2012
Avatar Anyajdk
Jane ...
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Hi Anya, Some kids are just more prone to ear infections. Their ears are not anatomically designed well to drain fluid and it can sit in the middle...

Answered: 27 May 2012
Avatar Danni...
Jane ...
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Is she fully immunised? Particularly for whooping cough? I would think that you've probably thought of this already. All I can suggest is that you ...

Answered: 27 May 2012
Avatar Clair...
Jane ...
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At 20 months she's still pretty young to toilet train. Individual toddlers will develop in their own unique time but honestly, expect two steps for...

Answered: 18 May 2012
Avatar Shant...
Jane ...
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Yes, I'd say she's still a little young and you're unlikely to make any progress with her at this age and stage. Wait until she's showing signs of ...

Answered: 03 Jun 2012
Avatar Kim_C...
Jane ...
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Without knowing more details it's very hard to advise you. I'm guessing you mean he's getting coughs and colds and this is causing you to feel frus...

Answered: 18 May 2012
Avatar cath123
Jane ...
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If the cup is the only way you offer him fluids, eg. he's not breastfeeding or having bottles, then with practice, exposure, time and perseverance ...

Answered: 18 May 2012
Avatar Agrevell
Jane ...
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It's probably just come from his own developmental stage, becoming a toddler and him learning how to test the boundaries and exhibit some independe...

Answered: 07 May 2012
Avatar Rauie08
Jane ...
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It probably is, but it's important that you manage this stage with love and consistency-he will follow your lead. It's normal for babies of this ag...

Answered: 07 May 2012
Avatar jeshka
Jane ...
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Not really, as long as she has lots of cuddles and reassurance and love through this process. At 19 months of age she's old enough to not suck on a...

Answered: 12 May 2012
Avatar Angel...
Jane ...
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That will be fine. The concern with full cream milk under 12 months is if it becomes the child's primary milk source, rather than just on solids. T...

Answered: 07 May 2012
Avatar Member
Jane ...
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Any person with a reliable history of having had chickenpox is considered immune and does not require the vaccine. Check http://www.health.vic.gov....

Answered: 12 May 2012
Avatar Tahlei
Jane ...
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It's not a problem as long as the 800ml of milk isn't compromising her solid food intake. She still needs full cream cow's milk, not trim or skim o...

Answered: 27 Apr 2012
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