How to answer my toddler’s questions about genitals

What you should do when a child gets a bump on the head

If your child hits his head from a major collision or a fall from any serious distance such as falling from the stairs or getting hit with a bat, call your doctor right away. She will want to know about the details of the accident. She will also like to know if the child is :

  •   unconscious
  • crying excessively or irritable
  • vomiting
  • lethargic

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Depending on what is going on, she may ask you to  bring the child to the office or take him  to the emergency room immediately .

If your child just has a little bump and not showing any of the above signs, you may just have to keep an eye on the child for a while.

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How to deal with your child’s foot odor

Foot odor in children

It is common for children to have foot odor . This is because children are very active and sweat a lot all over the body. The feet is usually covered up in socks and shoes. It therefore  tends to ” breathe” the least causing it to sweat and smell bad.

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It is important to keep your child’s feet as clean and dry as possible. When the child is done playing outside and is indoors, take the socks off so that the feet can air and dry off.

You may also have to wash her shoes. It can harbor odors, dirt, fungi or bacteria that contribute to the child’s stinky feet. You can wash most non leather shoes in the washer with a little bit of laundry detergent or baking soda  to get rid of the smell. You can kill off  any lingering odor with foot powder sprinkled into your child’s shoes.

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How to help your child adjust to a new sibling

Having a new sibling can be exciting but challenging for the older child. How the child behaves will depended partially on her temperament. Sensitive children may need more  adjusting .

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The older child may adjust to the newborn by regressing ( sitting in a baby seat, wanting a diaper or asking for a baby bottle). She will like your attention the most when you are doing stuff for the new baby such as changing diaper or dressing the baby. She may also be aggressive with the newborn.

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Can i change my baby’s belly button from an outie to an innie ?

Changing my child’s belly button from an outie to an innie

No , you cannot change your baby’s belly button from an outie to an innie.  The shape of the belly button has nothing to do with how the cord was cut or anything that you did. It is due to how the baby’s umbilical cord met her belly.

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There are some cases  when an outie can settle down on its own and become an innie. A bulging belly button may also be due to an umbilical hernia. This can occur when the cord area doesn’t close completely right after birth. This  usually causes  no problems and go away by  the time the child is 12 to 18 months. If the cord area doesnt close by the time the child is 3 or 4 years, the child may require surgery.

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When can i pierce my daughter’s ears

Many parents  wonder when it is safe to  have their newborn’s ears pierced. You have to know that there is no medical reason to wait. However the procedure has its risks. Not all ear piercing operators have the proper equipment for the procedure and this can lead to catching some infections.

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If you are set on getting your newborn’s ear pierced , talk to your doctor if he can do it .

You have to know this before getting your child’s ear pierced

  • The procedure is usually done without pain medication. You can give your child infant’s  acetaminophen or ibuprofen before or after the procedure .
  • It is possible that your child will be constantly touching her ears leading to an infection. You can prevent this by doing the following :
    • clean the post and the area around the ear several times a  day with alcohol or hydrogen peroxide
    • look for redness or tenderness around the piercing hole and on the earlobe. This could be an indication of infection

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Is my child’s speech delay caused by hearing problems ?

The effect of hearing problems on speech delay

Hearing problems can result in speech and language delays if not  diagnosed and treated early. However the effect of hearing problems on a  child’s development depends one of  2 factors.

  • The child’s age when the hearing problem  was identified and addressed
  • The severity of the hearing loss

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The earlier the hearing loss is  identified and treated, the less effect it will have on your child’s development.

There are 2 types of hearing loss

Temporary of conductive hearing loss :  This is caused by fluid accumulation in the middle ear. This fluid can become infected and cause an ear infection ( otitis media). This fluid can however  accumulate without causing ear infections.

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Why does my toddler have body hair ?

Is it  normal for my child to have body hair ?

In most cases, it is common for children to have body hair. Some toddlers have hair on the arms, legs , back or even face . This is most likely due to genetics. Body hair doesnt usually signal a problem. However if you have any concerns, ask your pediatrician.

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You may be wondering what is considered too much body hair. There is no precise definition . However most doctors will agree that  it means extreme hair growth on the body or hair growth in the armpit or  pubic areas. In this case, blood work will be ordered to determine if this is caused by hormonal imbalance. Hormonal imbalance can be corrected by medication or surgery.

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Potty training boys

Boys and potty training

Most parents wonder if they should potty train boys to urinate standing up or sitting down. Most potty training experts advise that you potty train a child to urinate sitting down. This will help make it easy when teaching them both to urinate and have a bowel movement sitting down.
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You should first potty train your child sitting down. Once he has mastered potty training for both urinating and bowel movement , the you can teach him to urinate standing up. The penis of little boys are small and usually points straight out. Boys usually pee on the back of the toilet or miss the bowl completely.  If the child is distracted , the urine will  end up on the floor or wall. So for now just let him master potty training sitting down.

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What is causing my child’s teeth to look stained ?

What is causing stains on my child’s teeth

Yellow or orange stains on your child’s teeth may indicate that they are not being brushed very well. As a  result they have developed a build  up of plaque that is stained with food debris. You can remove the stains  by brushing with a little bit of adult toothpaste which has more cleaning power than children’s. You can also use a little bit of baking soda and water. If this doesnt work, the dentist can remove them with professional scrubbing. These stains don’t necesarily mean tooth decay but letting stains accumulate on the teeth can cause gum disease even in children.

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