Antihistamines and allergies

Antihistamines are the gold standard of allergy treatment. They work by blocking the effect of histamine, the chemical released from certain cells in the body after being exposed to an allergen.

Manners and basic social skills

Review manners and basic social skills with your tot like how to wash his hands.

Foods in first year

There are certain foods that are not recommended for the first year of life, eggs, shellfish, fish, nuts, and peanuts are not recommended.

Put it in a straw

Blending fruits and vegetables into drinks – with a straw – can often entice children to eat things which would usually make them turn up their noses. And it is an excellent way to sneak in supplements such as, egg powder, wheat germ, yogurt, honey, and peanut butter.

Positive reading

Keeping the reading experience a positive time is imperative so if your toddler is not in the mood, skip a day and try again tomorrow.

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Milestone skills

Sometimes we expect our children to be more advanced than they really are. Remember that many of the younger children can’t understand a request because it involves thinking or listening skills that they haven’t developed yet.

Tots and TV

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children younger than 2 years old watch no television and that those older than 2 watch no more than one to two hours a day of quality programming.

Optimal playdates

A playdate with two or three young children max is the optimal number for socialization without intimidation.

Fever and teething

The sooner you figure out that a child’s fever, irritability, and drool is a sign of teething, the sooner you can do something to help them manage their pain.

Allergies or asthma

Don’t forget to consider your child’s allergies and whether or not he has asthma though, in addition to if he is responsible enough to take of a pet.

Allergies and night time

Studies show that allergy symptoms are worse at night between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. Taking allergy medicine at night before bedtime may help reduce morning allergy symptoms such as sneezing and nasal congestion.


Emphasize rhythms and rhymes in stories. Give your toddler opportunities to repeat rhyming phrases.

Orange juicing activity

Cut an orange in half and then show your toddler how to squeeze the juice from the fruit. After your toddler is done twisting back and forth, pour the juice in its cup.

Teething patterns

Teething patterns vary greatly from child to child – some don’t have any teeth at their first birthday, while others are sporting a mouthful by then. The vast majority of babies sprout their first teeth between 4 and 7 months of age.

Allergies and school lunch

Educate the cafeteria staff. If your child will be purchasing school lunches, It’s recommended meeting with the cafeteria staff and providing them with a picture of your child. This will help them identify your child so they can steer them toward smart choices when buying their lunch.

Playdates and pets

When hosting playdates, as a courtesy, tell your guests ahead of time if you have any pets. Moms and kids may not be able to attend because they have allergies, and it’s best for them to know before they show up and start sneezing.


Many toddlers do not get adequate calcium, which is found primarily in dairy products. Calcium-fortified juices, tofu, cereals and some green vegetables can also provide calcium.

Teething and eating

Teething kids may not like to eat, but small sips of water helps keep them hydrated.

Listen to your toddler’s answers

Take time to listen to your toddler’s answers. Toddlers have strong opinions and interesting ideas about the world.

Preschooler in charge

Putting your preschooler in charge of a regular, simple task will build her confidence and sense of competency.