Health Tips

April 18, 2013

Encourage your toddler to read

Gently note words that are pronounced incorrectly.
Reading is a key part of a youngster’s learning and development, and parents can take steps to help children foster a lifelong love of reading.
The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests how to help toddlers get the most from their reading time:
Cuddle up in a comfortable, quiet spot to read together.
Work on pronunciation by noting words that your child pronounces incorrectly.
Read slowly to help your child understand what’s happening in the book.
Use reading time as a way to help soothe, comfort and calm your child when he or she is upset.

Helping kids conquer bedwetting

What you can do to help your children stay dry

When children are developmentally ready, parents can take steps to help them stay dry through the night.
The U.S. Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse lists these suggestions for parents to help prevent bedwetting in children:
Encourage your child to drink plenty of fluids during the day, to avoid drinking too much at bedtime.
Don’t give your child caffeinated drinks such as soda or tea.
Let your child have one drink with dinner, but make that the last drink before bed.
Make sure your child goes to the bathroom right before bed.
Be supportive and don’t scold your child if he or she wets the bed.
Offer plenty of praise when your child stays dry all night.