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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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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 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 son is just now 18 months old and occasionally when told "no" about something he will go into an insane temper tantrum. I keep my calm soothing voice and try everything I can but the worst part of all is that these fits last over an hour at minimum the last one was an hour and a half. It's so hard to watch him do this and know that nothing I do is helping. I am worried that this may be a sign of bigger problems to come. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Sandy, Saint John, ME
Yinka Davies

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

Know that tantrums at 18 months of age are very common, but it will become easier to manage as your child gains more language skills helping them to communicate their needs. Ignoring a tantrum at an... See More Details
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My daughter is almost 13 months old and absolutely hates sleeping in her crib. We want to start transitioning her to a bed before she can climb out of her crib. When is it okay to start transitioning her to a bed? Any tips to make the transition easier? Christine, Duncan, OK
Yinka Davies

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

Parents should consider moving their child from a crib to a bed before they are able to climb out of their crib. Generally this transition occurs anywhere from 18 to 30 months. Most toddlers have the... See More Details
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I am a mother of 2 1/2 year old twins. When the time comes to enroll them in preschool or kindergarten, would it be a good idea to put them in the same class? Tinesha, Yazoo City, MI
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Dr. Yinka Davies, Pediatrician, Mother of Two, says:

While your question is stated very clearly, the answer is very complex and complicated. There are definitely advantages to having your twins in the same class – such as them having homework... See More Details
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My toddler has recently started having bad dreams and refuses to go to bed at night. I'm not sure why she is dreaming so much or what I can do to help her. Any advice? Elizabeth, Bristol, VA
Yinka Davies

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

It can be hard dealing with a toddler who has bad dreams and refuses to go to bed at night. The easiest way to deal with this is to ask your toddler why she doesn't want to go to bed. Often children... See More Details
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My son definitely does not get his recommended daily values of vegetables each day. What will this do in the long run? Lisa, Oak Hills, CA
Yinka Davies

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

Veggies can be a great source of many nutrients including fiber. Long term it is difficult to say what the consequences could be. We do know that vegetables provide much of the needed fiber in a... See More Details
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