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From one parent to another! Parent Tips..

No-one said it was going to be easy, so to help you with a few areas that can cause parents concern, heres what some of our Parents have found helpful. The following is only an opinion.

What to do if your child:

Is Coughing during the night:

Try rubbing Vicks vapor rub into the soles of the feet and putting on a pair of socks while in bed.

Is Constipated…

Plenty of Fresh fruit, raisins, fiber, orange juice or prune juice. If your child wont take the prune juice treat it as medicine and give on a spoon or in a syringe.

If your child wont swallow medicine….

Try holding them at a angle to that you get at least some of the medication into their mouth, and use your fingers to close their mount shut under their chin, this forces a swallow, its not pleasant but it works.

Head lice

If you know there is an outbreak in your school or house, Lavender oil rubbed on the back of the neck is a good preventative measure when you know there’s an epidemic. Check your children’s hair daily and do keep hair tied up where possible!

A cut on the inside of the mouth or lip..

Try applying Vaseline as this should stop the bleeding

Gets a small minor burn or scald…

  • Cool the burn with cool or lukewarm water for 10–30 minutes, ideally within 20 minutes of the injury occurring. Never use ice, iced water or any creams or greasy substances, such as butter.
  • Cover the burn with cling film but do not wrap it. Put the cling film in a layer over the burn, rather than wrapping it around a limb. A clean, clear plastic bag can be used for burns on your hand.
  • Treat the pain from a burn with calpol.
  • Remove any clothing near the burnt area of skin. However, don’t try to remove anything that is stuck to the burnt skin because this could cause more damage.
  • If you are concerned seek medical advise.

A high temperature?

37.5 degrees to 38 degrees is a low grade temperature

38 degrees to 38.5 degrees is a high grade temperature

38.6 is a fever and it is advisable to seek medical advise

  • A child with a high temperature needs more liquid than usual because the fever will make them sweat a lot. So make sure your child drinks plenty of liquids – a teaspoonful every few minutes, if necessary. Provided they drink plenty of liquids, it won’t matter too much if they eat very little for a couple of days
  • If your child shivers while their temperature is rising, it’s okay to cover them with a duvet or a blanket. But as soon as your child’s temperature has stabilised and he or she starts sweating, they need to cool down.
  • Your child only needs to wear underwear or a nappy, which will help the heat escape from the body. Make sure their room is ventilated and cool, but not draughty. Have the heating off and windows open slightly.
  • Sponging can help cool a fever, but make sure the sponge is not cold as this can cause shivering and actually raise the temperature.

Parent Tips…. Toilet Training?

We have a help sheet available, so please talk to our Manager when you are thinking of toilet training and before the 1st big day in crèche in big pants..

Keep an eye out for physical, cognitive, and behavioral signs that your toddler might be ready to give it a try.

If your toddler is facing changes such as a new school, a new sibling, or travel, you may want to wait till the seas are calmer before taking the plunge.

Use the checklist below to measure your toddler’s progress toward readiness, and keep in mind that starting before your child is truly ready doesn’t mean you’ll finish sooner – it’s more likely that the process will just end up taking longer.

You don’t have to wait until you’ve checked off every item to start training. Just look for a general trend toward independence and an understanding of what it means to go to the bathroom like a grown-up. For help getting started, read our successful strategies for potty training.

Physical signs

Is coordinated enough to walk, and even run, steadily. Urinates a fair amount at one time. Has regular, well-formed bowel movements at relatively predictable times. Has “dry” periods of at least two hours or during naps, which shows that his bladder muscles are developed enough to hold urine.

Behavioral signs

Can sit down quietly in one position for two to five minutes. Can pull his pants up and down. Dislikes the feeling of wearing a wet or dirty nappy. Shows interest in others’ bathroom habits (wants to watch you go to the bathroom or wear underwear). Gives a physical or verbal sign when he’s having a bowel movement such as grunting, squatting, or telling you. Demonstrates a desire for independence. Takes pride in his accomplishments. Isn’t resistant to learning to use the toilet. Is in a generally cooperative stage, not a negative or contrary one.

Cognitive signs

Understands the physical signals that mean he has to go and can tell you before it happens or even hold it until he has time to get to the potty.

Can follow simple instructions, such as “go get the toy.” Understands the value of putting things where they belong. Has words for urine and stool.