Friday, November 21, 2014
For Dr. Walkers Daughter Zara we choose a collapsable lightsaber to prevent injuries and a light-weight flannel robe that doesn't flow to much so as to prevent tripping! And of course Baby Jedi's are always cool!!
Costume safety is the primary concern for a safe and happy Halloween for toddlers. Follow these basic tips when making or selecting your childs’ costume to keep them safe.
* To keep toddler’s on their feet, avoid costumes with long tails or costumes that that don’t fit well.
* Keep your toddler visible by using reflective tape or having them wear a glittery costume.
* Beware of Pointy Props such as crowns, swords or other fake weapons. You can sew stuffed ones or make foam ones instead.
* Choose Costumes that practice fire safety and keep fire away from them as many of the store bought costumes can be flammable and hot jack-o-latterns can be hazardous.
* Choose non toxic paint over a wearing a mask since masks can make breathing hard and difficult to see out.
* Be aware of props that can frighten or cause physical harm since a toddler will be curious of witches or lighted coffins.
* After an evening of trick-or-treating, check all candy for tampering; consider swapping the candy for healthier alternatives.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
At a Child’s one-year check up, here is a list of what you can expect the doctor to check. Prior to the check up, it is a good idea to look at your child and be able to answer the doctor’s questions fully and completely.
One year check up:
1. Height and Weight
2. Length and Head Circumference
3. Heart and Lungs: Listening for abnormal heart rhythms and breathing issues
4. Eyes: Congenital eye conditions and blocked tear ducts
5. Ears: Signs of infection and make sure the eardrum is moving
6. Mouth: Signs of infection, new teeth and number of teeth
7. Body: Check for reflexes and muscle tone, paleness of skin (iron-deficiency anemia)
8. Belly: enlarged organs and possible hernia issues
9. Genitals: signs of infection or rash normal genital development
10. Joints: Hips, Legs and shoulders, checking for normal range of motion and movement
11. Nap and sleep: children need about 14 hours of sleep split between nighttime sleep and nap time
12. Walking and Crawling: Where your child is at in development stages of cruising, walking or crawling
13. Talking: What words are your child saying or babbling?
14. Social Skills: How is your child acting?
Zara’s check up put her on target for her developmental skills. Healthy babies make mom and dad happy