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What do you need to know to care for your 21 months old baby?

By Medically reviewed by Dr. Duyen Le

Development & Behavior

What should my toddler be doing right now?

Your toddler is now 21 months old. Your child is probably very active and is discovering how to run. They may even try to walk backwards or climb up the stairs. This is great! He is building his muscles, eye-hand coordination, and balance. If you find your little one sitting quieting, don’t worry too much. Sometimes your child is taking time to observe and absorb his environment. Most children will spend about 20% of their day to do this. You should let your doctor know if your child is not active at all.

Your child is probably able to stack up blocks to build a tower or scribble on paper and even walls. This shows his motor skills are developing.

What should my toddler be preparing to do?

The best way to support your child is to give him freedom to run and fall. As a mother, it’s always hard to let your baby go. You never want to see your child gets hurt. But the more your child falls, the more he will bounce back up. This is the best way for your child to learn and develop.

Your child will want to draw and scribble. You should encourage your child be giving him a blank paper with crayons. If you choose markers, make sure that it’s washable. You can help inspire your little one to be creative.

Doctor visits

What should happen to my toddler when I visit my doctor?

If your sleeping toddler snores, makes snorting sounds, or breathes through his mouth, you should let his doctor know. If your child has sleeping problems because of tonsil or swollen throat, doctor will recommend cutting it. Tonsil cutting is a simple way to solve sleeping problems of your child.

What should I tell my doctor?

The safest and most effective way to make the medicine go down when your child does not like the way it tastes, looks, or smells:

  • Add a spoonful of sugar or juice to the medicine;
  • Mix the medicine into a cup of milk or juice;
  • Mix the medicine into a little yogurt or applesauce;
  • Pretend the medicine is candy;
  • Use an oral syringe or a medicine dropper;
  • Ask your doctor for a different medicine.

If your child still resists taking his medicine because of the taste, talk to your pharmacist. You can also ask your child’s doctor to recommend or prescribe a tablet form of the medicine that you can crush and mix into a spoonful of yogurt or applesauce.

What to expect

What health concerns should I expect?

What you might be concerned about is night terrors. Night terrors are different from nightmares. During a night terror, your child’s eyes may be open, and he will move around, often thrashing, crying, and screaming. Night terrors are uncommon, but scary if your child has them. Typically you cannot wake or easily soothe your child, which makes you feel helpless. And your child may appear to be awake, but he is not.

Don’t worry, though – night terrors are not harmful. If comforting helps your little one during a night terror, it is fine to offer it. Don’t force physical contact, however, or try to restrain your child. Stay close, stay calm, and make sure he does not hurt himself. He will soon fall back to peaceful sleep.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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