earleyml1012 - If your daycare center kicked your child out for biting - it was a blessing in disguise because you needed a better daycare provider.
My daughter is now 21 months old and bit from about 12 months to 19 months. Sometimes she'd bite 3 or 4 people in one day and sometimes she'd go days without biting anyone, but she was a biter. First off, her daycare center is set up like a school. Infants (up to 15 months) in one room, then to another room for toddlers, then rompers, then preschool, etc. As soon as you go in for a tour (most of the time still pregnant), they tell you that many children bite and it's a completely typical reaction as they are struggling to communicate their needs. They have written documentation they pass out as you register that talks about how they handle biting and that they will not throw children out for biting.
A qualified daycare provider should be prepared to handle this, so it's good you got out of where you were. They were clearly not qualified to care for small children.
My daughter eventually quit biting as she moved into a room with children that were a couple months older than her and has hit a spurt with her speaking skills. She now verbally expresses her frustration rather than biting. A lot of it is a herd mentality as well... she was bitten before she ever bit anyone, but I would never blame it on someone else or their children. It's just natural and while unpleasant, eventually stops if it's continuously discouraged.View Thread
Often times they can tell by how the lymph node presents. I have one on my neck that terrified me. It showed up this last winter (while my family and I were sick 7 times with colds). I had two surgeons look at it. Unfortunately the first round of doctors were horrible and wanted to remove it and didn't explain ANYTHING to me. They were looking for symptoms of non-hodgkins lymphoma. The second round of doctors ( who have a much better reputation in our area) told me that it's presenting soft and mobile. The surgeon explained to me that many times once a lymph node becomes enlarged (a lot of times this happens when you've been sick a lot or had infections) it can stay that way and fluxuate in size. He told me he'd removed 80 lymph nodes that presented just like mine with no other symptoms and every time they were benign. He said most of the time it's at the request of the patient. If your doctors aren't explaining why the lymph node may be enlarged, what other symptoms to look for (other than it changing in size) or what may have caused it you might want to look for new doctors. A huge pet peeve of mine is physician's who don't think we have the right to have things explained to us!View Thread
This is tricky. My daughter is in the 10th percentile for height and weight, but it's more genetic (my husband's family is tiny). She's 15 months and becoming more and more picky with the food. Luckily I have a few foods that she'll always eat, such as crackers and yogurt (I use the greek yogurt because it has a lot of protein). I have to finagle to get her to eat real foods like chicken and cheese. I have to hide fruit in yogurt because she doesn't like the texture of it plain. I was mixing veggies in with pasta for a while to get her to eat them but now she won't eat noddles or veggies. It's difficult when you can't reason with them yet. Luckily she likes milk so I know she is getting nutrients that way as well.View Thread
My daughter is 15 months old but doesn't have her Dr's appt for another week. She is very interactive, but she doesn't say many words. I worry because when she was 9 months old she would always say "Da-deeee" and she would say it when her daddy was in the room. When she was 11 months old she would say "light" while pointing at lights in the house and "outside" while pointing outside. She has said "mama" and "dada/daddy" appropriately. She says "uh oh" when she drops something and she has said "hi" in appropriate situations as well. However, she seems to take on these words for a week or two then stops using them. She stopped using words for about a month and is now saying "uh oh" a lot and recently used "outside" appropriately 3 times (over the past week).
She understands what we say. She follows instructions such as "let's put your clothes in the hamper" (she'll put them in the hamper), "let's get ready for our bath" (she'll go in the bathroom and stand by the tub), "let's go get our bib" (she'll go to the drawer where I get her bibs, I hand it to her and she puts it around her neck and waits for me to fasten it) and "let's go eat breakfast" (she goes to her high chair). She follows instructions when we ask her to go get her books or put them away and several other things. So I know she understands us. She just doesn't communicate much to us using real words.
She points and makes question sounds when she wants something or is inquiring about something (sort of like "hmmm?"). She still uses baby talk type of words and sounds to chatter a lot. I am going to talk to the doctor but should I be worried about her lack of consistent words?View Thread
I agree with others. Most doctors say no cough medicine for babies, especially under age 4. It's horrible because they just have to sit there and suffer. I've heard 1000 recommendations to elevate one side of their mattress at night, but that only makes my daughter roll to the other side of the crib. (So help me the next person who tells me to raise one side of the crib when I haven't asked for their advice..... but that's another story).
Sometimes Vicks Baby Rub helps my daughter, but not often.View Thread
My daughter did this in her high chair from about 6 months old until about 10 months old. She didn't do it constantly but she'd do it from time to time. At first I would tell her no and she then started doing it to see my reaction. We joked around about it because when my husband was a baby (and this is known and often joked about within his family), he used to get angry and cry and bang his head on the floor and refridgerator. There are pictures of him with a knot on his forehead from doing it. Doctors overall are not concerned about this and say they won't REALLY hurt themselves, even though it looks like it. They're doing this either because they're curious about the feel/sound or they want a reaction out of their family.View Thread
I am sure your LO is better by now but in case anyone else comes here with the same concern, my DD had a fever for 5 days. We saw the Dr and he said it's just a virus that's been going around. Her fever finally broke last night but was getting into the 102 and 103 range. It was accompanied by a cough and runny nose but no infections.View Thread
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