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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.

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Questions about Toddler

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Jane ...
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This can be a challenge, is her room dark or is the light coming in and waking her? What you could try is to not go into her when she first wakes u...

Answered: 02 Sep 2012
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Jane ...
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This can be a challenge but as long as she is well now and you're prepared to hear her cry then you will succeed. You need to be absolutely consist...

Answered: 02 Sep 2012
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Jane ...
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Hi, This can be difficult to manage, especially at the end of a busy day when you just want to get home! It can help just to sit there and watch th...

Answered: 26 Aug 2012
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Jane ...
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If you are using the largest size you can buy but absorbency is an issue, then try using two nappies, one over the other. Alternately you could use...

Answered: 26 Aug 2012
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Jane ...
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Role modelling can help, as can keeping very calm and matter of fact about it all. Summer is coming and this is a much better season to toilet trai...

Answered: 06 Sep 2012
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Jane ...
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At three it is still entirely reasonable and age appropriate that he wets the bed at night. There can be a difference of a year or more between day...

Answered: 18 Aug 2012
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Jane ...
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It varies between individuals, there is no "normal" amount. What's important is that parents don't need to clean their children's ears, use cotton ...

Answered: 18 Aug 2012
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Jane ...
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Many kids stutter at this age. It's as if their brain is working faster than their mouth can. But the number 1 marker for a speech pathologist asse...

Answered: 11 Aug 2012
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Jane ...
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This is not a sign of teething that I'm aware of. Could she be doing it as a form of cause and effect? Perhaps it's just part of her play repertoir...

Answered: 11 Aug 2012
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Jane ...
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Hi, I would suggest you need to take him to be assessed by your GP and perhaps have a referral made to a paediatric gastroenterologist. Sometimes a...

Answered: 05 Aug 2012
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Jane ...
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At 5.5 months he's old enough not to be wrapped. He should be rolling by now and able to find his own, safe, preferred sleeping position. So you ar...

Answered: 05 Aug 2012
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Jane ...
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You could try using two disposable nappies; one over the top of the other. Alternately, try a sanitary pad adhered to the inside of his nappy or on...

Answered: 27 Jul 2012
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Jane ...
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You have a couple of options, but from my experience the best way is the quickest way. Just make the decision to throw all of his dummies away and ...

Answered: 22 Jul 2012
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Jane ...
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Perhaps a forget about it for a while approach is what is needed. When summer is here and she's wearing less, needs to undress less layers and is a...

Answered: 22 Jul 2012
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Jane ...
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This is a common query. Some kids are legitimately scared of pooing in the toilet; the lack of control scares them and only with reassurance and pr...

Answered: 05 Aug 2012
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Jane ...
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Sleep and waking behaviours do change so what he's doing now is unlikely to be a permanent snapshot of what he'll do long term. I agree with you th...

Answered: 22 Jul 2012
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Jane ...
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This regression could be in relation to the cold winter weather. Perhaps he will improve once the warmer weather and spring/summer is here. But in ...

Answered: 27 Jul 2012
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Jane ...
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Without knowing more about your daughter or her individual delays I cannot say. But I do know that it is routine to do genetic testing on children ...

Answered: 14 Jul 2012
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Jane ...
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I read your email and my initial response was what a challenging time you've had! It's good that you're seeing a speech therapist and having your 2...

Answered: 27 Jul 2012
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Jane ...
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Hi, your email query ran out before it was completed. But I think I get the gist of what you're trying to say, you have a little one who is having...

Answered: 14 Jul 2012
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Jane ...
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Not necessarily, but the next time you go for your six month dental check up take her as well and ask the dentist for their professional opinion. S...

Answered: 14 Jul 2012
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Jane ...
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I wonder if an assessment from your GP would be useful? Getting his ears and vision checked would rule out frustration due to any issues there. Oth...

Answered: 22 Jul 2012
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Jane ...
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It's not a silly question at all, but entirely reasonable. And yes, you're right, bed wetting is strongly genetic so if you wet the bed as a little...

Answered: 30 Jun 2012
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Jane ...
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Your question isn't complete so I'm unable to get a sense of what's worrying you, but I think it's about noise sensitivity, is that right? Unless t...

Answered: 30 Jun 2012
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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
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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
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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