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Common Toddler Questions and Answers

Review questions and answers about common toddler problems, like potty training, changing to low fat milk, pica, night lights, lead poisoning, safe traveling, milk and calcium requirements.
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Ask the Pediatrician
Ask our Expert Pediatrician, Dr. Vincent Iannelli, a question about your child through this online submission form.

Pink Eye and Day Care
Learn more about pink eye and the complications of this common infection.

Toddler Low Fat Diets
Review why a toddler should not drink low fat milk before they are two years old.

Toddlers, Iron, and Vitamins
Learn about good sources or iron for your toddler, including an iron fortified toddler formula, other foods that have a lot of iron, and vitamins with iron.

Biting at Daycare
Review what you can do to help your toddler stop biting other children in daycare.

Toddler Sleep and Bottle Issues
Review the 'problem' of a toddler who sleeps with his mom and drinks a bottle before bed.

When To Call Your Pediatrician for a Fever
Review when you should call your Pediatrician when your infant, toddler, or older child has a fever.

Toddlers, Naps and Sleep
Learn more about toddler sleep issues, including how long they should sleep at night and during daytime naps.

Normal Breathing Rates
Review what the normal breathing rate is for a toddler and what might cause a child to have fast breathing.

Breath Holding Spells
Learn about breath holding spells, in which children cry and then pass out, usually in response to pain, anger, or frustration.

Congestion Triggered by Changes in the Weather
Review why a child may have congestion that is triggered by changes in the weather and if it might be caused by allergies, asthma, or just a cold virus.

Handwashing in Day Care
Learn about whether it is safe and healthy for day care workers to use a common washcloth when cleaning up after their kids.

Risks of Drinking Too Much Milk
Review the risks of a toddler drinking too much milk, including becoming constipated, overweight, underweight, or developing iron deficiency anemia.

Diaper Rash
Review the common causes of diaper rashes in infants, what might cause a persistent rash, and tips to prevent and treat your child's diaper rash.

Grunting, Sighing, and Asthma
Review what might cause a child to have a grunting pattern of breathing, including asthma, other lung problem, or inhaling a foreign object, like a peanut.

A Vomiting Toddler
Review what might cause a toddler to vomit a few times a week for several months.

Gross Toddler Behaviors
How to stop and discourage gross and disturbing toddler behaviors.

Overweight Toddlers and Obesity
Review the risk factors for obesity in a toddler and whether or not a tall toddler is really overweight.

Chronic Cough
Review possible causes of a chronic cough in a toddler, including infections, allergies, asthma, and reflux.

Cold Symptoms vs. Sinusitis
I have a 1 year old son and he started off with just clear runny nose and sneezing, and by the night time I noticed the mucus was green coming out of his nose. He has no other symptoms. Should I be concerned about taking him in the doctor or is there something I could give him over-the-counter?

Infrequent Voiding and Possible Symptoms of Dehydration
Review the problem of a toddler who is only having one wet diaper each day and possible causes, including a voiding dysfunction, potty training problems, dehydration, and constipation.

When Should You Start Potty Training?
When should you start potty training? Most children are ready to begin potty training once they are 18 months to 3 years old.

Toddler Milk and Calcium Requirements
My 14 month old has a milk intolerance. He has been on a soy formula, because he has diarrhea every time that we tried to give him a cow's milk based formula. He also had diarrhea when we recently tried to introduce regular cow's milk. Does he really need to drink milk?

Is it safe to eat fish?
I am pregnant and have heard warnings about eating fish. Is it safe to eat fish while I am expecting? Is it safe for my toddler to eat tuna fish?

Is my daughter constipated?
My daughter only has a bowel movement once or twice a week. Is she constipated?

Safe Traveling with your Infant and Toddler
We are taking a trip soon to visit family and don't want to take a lot of supplies, like a crib or high chair. Can we use a playpen and hook-on chair as an alternative for our 15 month old?

Lead Poisoning Risks from Lead Paint
In lead poisoning questionnaires, they always list as risk factors for a child having lead poisoning as living or spending a lot of time in a home built before 1950 or if it was built before 1978 and is being remodeled. Why the differences? If I live in a home built before 1978 and it isn't being remodeled, are my kids at risk for lead poisoning?

Do Children's Night Lights Cause Cancer?
Is it okay for my child to go to sleep with a night light? I have heard reports that using a night light can cause cancer or make it more likely that he will grow up and need glasses. Is that true?

Learn more about pica, an eating disorder in which children eat non-food substances, like rocks, paper, and cardboard.

Kids and Milk
Review when you should change kids from whole milk to low fat milk.

Switching to Whole Milk
Learn about how to change your child from an infant formula to whole cow's milk so that she continues to get enough calcium in her diet.

Toddler Bathtime Battles
Parent-to-parent tips: real parents share their tips and advice for dealing with toddlers and bathtime battles.

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