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My daughter is 20 months old and tends to take her diaper off when she is in her crib. She will pee and sometimes even poop. She had done this a couple months back but stopped. Now she is at it again. We have even tried taping her diaper but she seems to maneuver out of it still. What should I do about this? Lacey, Backus, MN
Yinka Davies

Dr. Yinka Davies, Pediatrician, Mother of Two, says:

The toddler years are about exploring and experimenting. Toddlers love to explore using their senses, which includes touch and feel. It is possible that your little one is exploring what it feels... See More Details
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I notice a number of healthy products like Juicy Juice 100% juice give 100% or more of the daily recommended amount of Vitamin C. Is it bad to give my son over 100% a day? Is there any upper limit I should be cautious about? How much is too much? Nigel, Atlanta, GA
Yinka Davies

Dr. Yinka Davies, Pediatrician, Mother of Two, says:

This is a great question. Vitamin C also known as ascorbic acid overall exhibits very low toxicity. Humans do not have the ability to make Vitamin C and therefore need to supplement Vitamin C in our... See More Details
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My daughter is a good eater, but we don't always have time for a sit-down breakfast. Could you please suggest some simple breakfasts that would be easy to fix yet still meet the nutritional needs of a toddler? Michel, Platte City, MO
Yinka Davies

Dr. Yinka Davies, Pediatrician, Mother of Two, says:

One good, quick, nutritious meal would be a smoothie. The greatest thing about smoothies is they can potentially be nutrient dense. You can add many nutritious fruits and even veggies to the mix.... See More Details
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My son has a hard time paying attention in school. He gets distracted very easily by other kids and doesn't listen to the teacher. Is there anything I can do with him to work on focusing in on the teacher and paying attention? Chantel, Castle Rock, CO
Yinka Davies

Dr. Yinka Davies, Pediatrician, Mother of Two, says:

There are a couple of things to keep in mind when discussing attention span. First, you want to make sure that your child is getting enough sleep and eating whole foods before they start their day.... See More Details
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I'm concerned my son is not getting enough protein in his diet. Are there signs to look for to suggest that there may be a problem? He's a picky 2-year old. Ashley, Columbus, GA
Yinka Davies

Dr. Yinka Davies, Pediatrician, Mother of Two, says:

Toddlers are generally picky eaters. Parents trying to achieve a well balanced diet are likely to be frustrated. Children 1 to 3 years of age need approximately 16 grams of protein a day. Children 4... See More Details
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My son is 4 years old and I am 8 months pregnant with my second child. My 4 year old seems to be very excited about the upcoming addition to our family, but in recent months he has started to have separation anxiety when I drop him off at school. He never cried at school before, not even on his very first day. Is this just a phase or does it have something to do with the new baby? Nicole, Acworth, GA
Yinka Davies

Dr. Yinka Davies, Pediatrician, Mother of Two, says:

First and foremost, congratulations on the upcoming addition! With your delivery date approaching there are likely many changes that are occurring in the home – the nursery is being set, the new... See More Details
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My son is 3 years old and is very shy. What can I do to help him become more social? Sangeeta, Austin, TX
Yinka Davies

Dr. Yinka Davies, Pediatrician, Mother of Two, says:

Every child has a different temperament. It sounds like your child may have one that is slow-to-warm and may need a little more time or help to be social. You can help your son while he's on the... See More Details
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My son is two and half years old but is more advanced than most kids his age. What are some teaching techniques that you would recommend to keep him interested in learning? Jennifer, Ardmore, OK
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Dr. Yinka Davies, Pediatrician, Mother of Two, says:

Preschool flash cards and workbooks might be a good way to keep your child engaged and learning. You could also try reading some books and offering toys that are more advanced. When teaching your... See More Details
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My son is 2 ½ and I am worried because he only says a very limited amount of words. He seems to fully understand everything I say. If I ask him if he can "get Mommy's brown boots" or "get a fork out of the cabinet" he is able to do so. Should I be worried that he's not talking as much as others? Vicki, Walla Walla, WA
Yinka Davies

Dr. Yinka Davies, Pediatrician, Mother of Two, says:

In general, between 2 and 3 years of age most children have a vocabulary of approximately 150-300 words, are able to use two pronouns correctly ( I, me, you - with some confusion between me and I)... See More Details
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My daughter is 3 years old and enjoys listening to me read bedtime stories to her. We have a ton of books, but she only wants me to read the same ten books over and over. I fear she is no longer learning as much because she can recite the books line by line - so I worry she's not reading the book. Is she still learning even though she has the books memorized? And any suggestions as to how I can break new books into our nightly ritual without upsetting her so she no longer looks forward to story time? Jeanne, Temple City, CA
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Dr. Yinka Davies, Pediatrician, Mother of Two, says:

Your struggle is like the struggle of many parents. This actually happens quite often. There are a couple of things that you might try that could help her branch out into different books. Perhaps... See More Details
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