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What do you need to know to care for your 32 months old baby?

By Medically reviewed by Dr. Duyen Le

Development & Behavior

What should my toddler be doing right now?

Pretend play is escalating as your child’s third year goes on. A stuffed animal is no longer just an object to hug but a “real” person with a name, a family, and the need to be fed, bathed, and join your child at tea parties. A towel over your preschooler’s back can transform him into a superhero, whose play may now involve a journey or a plot. You might even hear your child narrating his adventures while he plays.

What should my toddler be preparing to do?

A wonderful way to enhance your child’s language development is with rhymes. Alliteration, word play, and rhyme tune your child’s understanding of subtle differences between words and build vocabulary. They help boost auditory memory, an important pre-reading skill, and develop rhythm, too. The word pictures drawn in familiar rhymes become both fascinating and familiar. Not least, reading and singing rhymes lets your child know that words can be funny and fun.

Props help these imagination-building games, but a 2-year-old is still pretty indiscriminate about what they are. A stick is a magic wand, leaves serve as plates, and blocks can become any number of things. It is great fun to watch this creativity in action. You should also provide some toys that feed pretend play, such as simple dress-up costumes (your old shoes, scarves, a tutu) or child-size versions of your tools, such as play phones or miniature brooms. Mimicking household chores is a favorite activity at this age.

Fairy tales teach important concepts to kids, but you might have never noticed how scary they can be until you start to read them or tell them to your child. Many fairy tales actually teach children to cope with fears. And in the struggles over good and evil, the good guys always win. If you are really uncomfortable, of course, your child will not know any difference if you change a few words here and there.

Doctor visits

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

Once your baby has had an allergic reaction to a food, you will want to be prepared in case it happens again. Even if his first reaction was mild, the next might be severe. Your baby’s doctor can provide you with an action plan, including instructions on how to manage an allergic reaction.

The doctor may recommend that you carry an epinephrine auto-injector, which he can prescribe and show you how to use in case of a reaction. These devices automatically administer the right dose of epinephrine to stop an allergic reaction.

What should I tell my doctor?

If your child ignores you more than listens, withdrawn himself without looking into your eyes, you should talk to your child’s doctor. It will depend on the condition to give your child auditory checkups or developmental checkups.

What to expect

What health concerns should I expect?

An afternoon nap still helps rambunctious preschoolers recharge and stay pleasant till bedtime. So do not be in a hurry to drop naps. If your preschooler skips a nap and is cranky by or before bedtime, that is a sign he still needs daytime sleep.

It is possible to be allergic to any food, but these eight food groups are responsible for 90 percent of food allergies: eggs, milk, peanuts, wheat, soy beans, and tree nuts like walnuts, Brazil nuts, and cashews, fish such as tuna, salmon, and cod, and shellfish like lobster, shrimp, and crab.

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

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