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What do you need to know to care for your 31 months old baby?

By Medically reviewed by Dr. Duyen Le

Development & Behavior

What should my toddler be doing right now?

Of all the words your child is picking up this year, it may seem like he has one grand favorite: “NO.” What’s the attraction? Preschoolers say “no” a lot because they are discovering their own free will to voice their opinion. (Sometimes they even say “no” when they really mean “yes.”) Sometimes, a child will resort to “no” just because he is mad or flustered and struggling to get his point across. Your preschooler may also learn that if he says it loudly and forcefully enough, Mom and Dad will really pay attention or they might even go along with it.

What should my toddler be preparing to do?

Giving your child choices and coach him in some alternatives: “What’s the opposite of ‘no’? ‘Yes!’” “You can say ‘no,’ or you can say ‘yes,’ or guess what’s in the middle? You can say ‘maybe!’” Also, encourage him to answer in a quiet voice. This is first step to teach your child becomes mature.

Doctor visits

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

With diagnoses of autism and other developmental delays on the rise, it is easy to worry about your child’s behavioral quirks. Ask your doctor about an evaluation if you notice:

  • A lack of communication. Your child repeats words but does not participate in conversations or response to his name;
  • An inability to read facial expressions or other forms of nonverbal communication;
  • Failure to make eye contact;
  • Attempts to avoid social contact or touch;
  • Very narrowly focused interests;
  • Inappropriate use of toys (organizes/lines up play food instead of pretending to cook or eat it, for example);
  • Under-sensitivity or oversensitivity to sensory stimulation, such as sound or touch;
  • A loss of previously mastered language or social skills.

What should I tell my doctor?

You can expect your child’s doctor to measure:

  • Weight to ensure your child is healthy;
  • Heart rate and breathing;
  • Ears and eyes.

What to expect

What health concerns should I expect?

If you are concerned that your child’s diet is lacking – because he will not put anything green in his mouth or because he goes on food jags for days – you might want to give him a supplement for your peace of mind.

By age two, your preschooler is probably a happy kid. He has a good memory so you want to prepare for him before kindergarten. But did you know that very young children could get stressed out, too? Common stressors for preschoolers include having too many planned activities can make your child stubborn. Although your child’s development is very important, you should give time to let you child do everything he want. These activities stimulate curiosity and creativity in your child, which will increase mental development.

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

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