Lansdowne Medical Pavilion
19415 Deerfield Ave, Suite 213
Lansdowne, Virginia 20176
Allow your child to explore, but you may need to physically remove your child from a dangerous situation. Rather than repeating the word "No", try distracting your child. Limit setting is very important at this age. This is a good time to introduce the use of time out. However, reward good behavior.
Sun & Skin Precautions –
It is never too early to protect your baby from the sun. Using a SPF of 15-30 is recommended. Cataracts are becoming increasingly common leading some people to recommend early use of sunglasses. In terms of insect repellants, never use more than 10% DEET on your child’s skin. Have your child wear long sleeves when possible and apply repellant to the clothes.
Healthy habits –
Encourage reading and try to limit TV watching. It is time to have a bedtime routine.
Most 15 month-old-babies can say about 3-10 words. They can feed themselves with fingers. They can usually understand simple commands, and point to 1 or 2 body parts. They can walk alone and creep up stairs. Not all kids are ready for toilet training at the same age; many are 18-24 months before they are ready to start. Only 75% are potty trained at age 3. It is a mistake to start too early as this will lead to a fruitless battle of wills. Your child is ready when they can feel the urge, communicate the urge, and then control the urge. Language development is key to toilet training.
It is important to discourage the use of a bottle. Prolonged use is associated with multiple caries and ear infections. Also, prolonged use of a pacifier may lay the ground work for future dental visits (braces). Expect a slump in your child's appetite because at this age their rate of growth slows down. Allow your child to use a spoon; expect a mess but this is how they learn. Think about putting a shower curtain under the high chair if it is too messy.
Safety (Falls) –
Never underestimate your child’s ability to climb out of a crib. Lower the mattress if necessary.
Never leave your child unattended around water (pools, tubs, toilets, and even buckets). Also take care around hot liquids (coffee cup).
Syrup of Ipecac –
Have it available. Only give it if directed by the Poison Control Center. 1-800-222-1222
Car Seat -
At 20lb it is time to have a forward facing car seat.
Polio vaccine (Spanish)- This shot should not be given if allergic to the antibiotics neomycin, streptomycin, or polymyxin B.
DTaP (Diptheria, Pertusis, and Tetnus) (Spanish)- Should not be given if your child has a newly diagnosed seizure disorder. Can cause fever and redness.
Spanish) - Most common cause of serious diarrhea in children
HIB (Haemophilis) (Spanish) - Can cause fever and redness. Prevents serious cause of meningitis.
Varciella (Chicken Pox) (Spanish) - Can cause fever and redness. Prevents serious cause of meningitis.
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