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Slow Eaters and Fast Eaters
by Barton Schmitt, M.D.

Slowpoke eaters are usually not hungry. A few are just being negative. A good rule for these kids is, “That the meal was over when everyone else is done eating.” Then it’s time to clean up, clear away your child’s […]


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Playing With Food
by Barton Schmitt, M.D.

During the early months of self-feeding, many children will make a mess of their high chair and of themselves. If they mix their food with their hands or feed themselves that way, children should not be criticized or punished. This […]


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Interrupting You On The Telephone
by Barton Schmitt, M.D.

Some children drop whatever they’re doing as soon as their parent picks up the telephone. Avoid part of this problem by making most of your calls during naptime or after bedtime. However, that won’t help you with incoming calls. Try […]


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Biting
by Barton Schmitt, M.D.

Your response to biting should leave no question but that you mean business. Make the rule absolutely clear, “Don’t bite. It hurts. We don’t bite people.” • First, give your child verbal disapproval in a sharp voice. Say, “No biting.” […]


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Toilet Training Made Easy
by Barton Schmitt, M.D.

Some children are ready to be toilet trained by 18 months of age, and many, by 24. Toilet training is a gradual process that takes from two weeks to two months. In general, it involves about four steps. • First, […]


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Misbehavior In The Supermarket
by Barton Schmitt, M.D.

Toddlers can learn a lot by going shopping with you. They can also get into trouble at the supermarket, so here are some tips. • First, to prevent grabbing food off the shelves, distract your child. On arrival, give her […]


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Old Wives’ Tales
by Alvin Eden, M.D.

I’ve heard a lot of “Old Wives’ Tales” about kids, and here are some: 1. “A child who is not toilet trained on time is emotionally insecure, or just nasty and stubborn.” Neither is true. There is no relationship between […]


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Old Wives’ Tales
by Alvin Eden, M.D.

During the years that I have been practicing pediatrics, I’ve heard many “Old Wives’ Tales” about kids. I’d like to discuss some of these with you. 1. “The earlier a baby talks, the smarter she is.” Or, put another way, […]


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Poison Prevention
by Alvin Eden, M.D.

Many household products can be poisonous to your toddler, such as aspirin, lye, drain cleaners, cosmetics, moth balls, bleaches, etc. Toddlers put everything they grab into their mouths and it’s no wonder poisoning is common. Here are some important safety […]


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The Value of Exercise
by Alvin Eden, M.D.

Most toddlers are full of energy and have an intense desire to move around and explore their environment. It is your job to provide your toddler a variety of interesting opportunities for exercising, always keeping safety in mind. Elaborate equipment […]


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