children are unable to rinse and spit effectively, and should use either no toothpaste or a non-fluoridated toothpaste. Excessive fluoride ingestion can cause fluorosis (mottling of permanent teeth) in children. Teeth should be wiped or brushed after the last feeding
children are different. Some have learned to walk before their first birthday. Some are just beginning to pull up on furniture. Most one year olds use and know the meaning of 1-2 words.” src=”http://www.doctorhuntersville.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/babys_first_steps-219×300.jpg” alt=”All children are different. Some have learned to walk before their first birthday. Some are just beginning to pull up on furniture. Most one year olds use and know the meaning of 1-2 words.” width=”219″ height=”300″ />All children are different. Some have learned to walk before their first birthday. Some are just beginning to pull up on furniture. Most one year olds use and know the meaning of 1-2 words. They often can understand many more words and phrases, and can indicate needs and wants by pointing.
You can help your child’s language development by pointing to things and saying the word. Let your child touch things as you name them. Be sure to smile and praise your child when he learns new things.
Television is not appropriate at this age. Read to your baby frequently, even if she is only interested for brief periods. Babies like picture books with bright colors. Verbal and social interaction is still the most important stimulation your baby can get at this age.
Your child should have a regular bedtime and routine. He should be sleeping in his own bed every night and not need a parent in the room to go to sleep. A favorite blanket or stuffed animal usually helps your baby feel more secure. If your baby will not go to sleep easily or gets up frequently at night, ask your doctor for help.
At this visit your baby should receive some vaccinations. Your child may run a fever and be irritable for about 1 day after getting shots. Your child may also have some soreness, redness, and swelling where the shots were given. Tylenol drops (1 dropperful or 0.8 ml) every 4-6 hours may prevent fever and irritability. For swelling or soreness, try a cool, wet washcloth on the area. Please bring your immunization card to each visit, and ask the nurse to update it.
If your child received either the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) or the varicella (chicken pox) vaccine, please note: a small number of children get a rash and fever 7-14 days after these shots. This usually lasts 2-3 days.
Call Your Child’s Physician If:
- Your child has a rash or any reaction other than those described above after vaccination
- You are concerned about a fever or if your child is listless
- Your child does not want to eat or vomits multiple times in a day
- Your baby has no wet diapers for 8 hours
- Your child exhibits difficulty breathing