Development & Behavior

What should my toddler be doing right now?

Your child is now 22 months old. He may want to push a toy with wheels down an aisle or have many opinions on what he wants to do. If you disrupt his thoughts or get in his way of what he wants, you will see a change in reaction immediately. Your child at this age is very emotional. He will show you when he’s frustrated as well as show you how happy when he is successful in getting what he wants. This is all about him trying to gain independence.

Distraction is the key. Since your 22-month-old’s attention span is probably only ten minutes or less, redirecting him or interjecting silliness into a standoff can make him forget his intractable ideas and move along to something else with minimal fireworks. Sometimes picking up your child and moving to another room – especially outdoors – will turn him around. Your child may stop what he is doing to get your attention.

What should my toddler be preparing to do?

Praising attempts, not just accomplishments, can help him learn to cope with disappointments. For example, if he is struggling and on the verge of tears, you might say, “I know it is hard to get that shoe on, and you are trying really hard.” Or, “You look mad. Can I help you?”. Mix challenging activities with those that boost your child’s sense of pride, such as stacking chunky blocks or helping you water plants. Try not to rush to your child’s rescue if he is mildly frustrated. Jumping in to do it for him can foster dependence and diminish his confidence. Your challenge is to balance your natural desire to help and protect your child with his need to tackle new tasks.

The way for your child to ask for your attention may be ineffective. Try to remain present with your child by limiting those kinds of activities unless she’s napping or deeply absorbed in play. When you’re busy, you should maintain contact by ruffling her hair and looking over and smiling at her. Saying “just a minute” is rarely effective because your 22-month-old has little idea of how long a “minute” is. And a minute feels like an eternity, anyway. Do a quick check to make sure she doesn’t need anything more than attention – for example, a fresh diaper.

If you want your child to try a new food, keep portions small so they’re less intimidating. Try serving refused foods in a different format. Never force your child to taste something or clean his plate.  Besides, nobody likes everything.

Doctor visits

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

Your 24-month checkup is almost coming. You should inform you doctor of urgent matters or concerns.

What should I tell my doctor?

What you should know is that your child may have a pet allergy. If you have pets at home such as cats or dogs, you should watch out for the following signs and symptoms:

  • Sneezing;
  • Itchy, watery eyes;
  • Runny nose;
  • Congestion.

If your toddler has any of these symptoms, you should tell your doctor. Your doctor may offer allergy shots that target specific allergens may be a good option if your child has symptoms even after you’ve removed the offending pet and tried medications.

What to expect

What health concerns should I expect?

You may be concerned about your child teething. Some signs and symptoms that may be associated with teething include: fussiness, diarrhea, and mild fever. If your toddler does have teething trouble, here are the symptoms he is most likely to experience:

  • Drooling (which can lead to a facial rash);
  • Gum swelling and sensitivity;
  • Irritability or fussiness;
  • Biting behavior;
  • Refusing food;
  • Sleep problems.

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

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Review Date: January 4, 2017 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017

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