Question: Should I be concerned with hair-pulling? My 1 year old daughter tends to pull her own hair. Is this a sign of anxiety? How can I convince her to stop? Should I be concerned? Answer from Dr. Robert Woodford | Pediatrician It is unclear whether your daughter is simply pulling at her hair or pulling her hair out of her head. In young children, it is not uncommon for them to pull at their hair or twirl their hair. Playing with the hair is often associated with thumb sucking … [Read more...] about Is hair-pulling common – or should I be worried?
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For infants and early toddlers, biting is almost impulsive. At a very young age, babies will look to biting as a means of exploring the world around them. Parents must practice close supervision of what and when their child is biting in order to prevent a habit from forming. If a toddler becomes severely frustrated and unable to deal with a disappointing situation, he or she may turn to biting or hitting in an attempt to voice their unwillingness to cooperate. Other times your child may … [Read more...] about Why Do Children Bite?
Question: How do I keep my baby safe with the stairs in our house? My baby is starting to really crawl. Our house has stairs and I want to be sure he is safe - we use baby gates. When (and how) should I try to teach him to go up / down steps? Answer from Heather As soon as a baby can crawl is the best time to teach the stairs. My sister took her kids to a daycare that was awesome in Minnesota. The first thing the provider did was train the kids how to use the stairs. … [Read more...] about How do I keep my baby safe with the stairs in our house?