The health of your toddler

Of course you want to prevent your toddler from becoming ill, but it can not be prevented in all cases. A flu or cold has quickly increased and a specific childhood disease is difficult to avoid. So we'd better give you a few tips on how to make your sick toddler as pleasant as possible.


It is almost impossible to prevent your toddler from becoming ill. In fact, being ill also has a positive effect for your toddler. Many ailments help your child to increase his resistance. But if your toddler is ill, you want to make it as pleasant as possible and of course you want to know what is wrong with him. Sometimes it is very clear or you quickly find out and in other cases it takes a little longer or a visit to the doctor is necessary.

Tips for illness

Make a place to sleep in the living room so that he does not have to lie alone.
Sit with him regularly, give him extra attention and read him for his favorite booklets or a book about being ill.
Give toys that he can play in his bed.
Rule beloved and well-known visit (not too much), for example grandfather and grandmother.
Take it to your room at night or lie with him.
Try to let him do as much as possible himself.
Your toddler can eat without food, but let him drink as much as possible. Especially if your child has a fever.

Tips for hospitalization

Read it from a children's book about hospitals.
Give him familiar things from home (hugs, photo, toys).
Speak a cassette tape with his bookmarks and give him a walkman.
Give him a doctor's kit to play with.
Prepare your toddler but do not tell him too much at the same time.
Visit us as often as possible and say goodbye when you come again.
Send him lots of cards and ask if friends, family and acquaintances do the same.
Ask about the possibilities to stay with him.

Too thick

Toddlers have big differences in physique. At the clinic they can see whether your toddler is too fat as a result of the growth curve. Length and weight are compared against each other and how this has developed.

Combination of wrong food and too little exercise

As long as your toddler is within acceptable lines of the curve and there are no extreme outliers in weight, it is generally okay. As long as your toddler normally eats and drinks and gets a few snacks, he will not easily get too fat. Overweight usually arises through a combination of wrong eating habits and too little exercise.


Heredity can play a role in obesity but usually it has to do with eating habits. Of course, sufficient exercise is also very necessary for your child. By nature, a toddler experiences a lot of fun and you can stimulate him in this. Unfortunately, toddlers appear to be moving less and less. Watching TV and computer games sadly take the place of physical activity more often.


Overweight is unhealthy. Your toddler can therefore move less well. Foot, knees, legs and back can also become overloaded. Thicker children are also bullied faster. In later life, the excess weight can cause even more (physical) problems.

Tips for a good weight for your toddler

A healthy meal three times a day.
A (small) snack at most three times a day.
A lot of movement (go out and play every day).
Give him two cups of lemonade in one day, the rest of the water or tea.

Child diseases

The classic childhood diseases such as measles, rubella, mumps, whooping cough, scarlet fever and chickenpox are not so common anymore due to the vaccination program at the clinic. But of course it can always happen that your child does become ill. Outsourcing is often the best in that case.


Complications do not occur often. If the fever persists or goes high (above 40oC) and / or your child feels really sick, younger than one year, in case of neck stiffness, drowsiness and / or if it gives up heavy cough and mucus, consult a doctor.

Clean nails

Because many teething problems are accompanied by itching, you have to make sure that his hands and nails are clean. This is necessary to try to prevent an infection. You can possibly put your child on gloves or washcloths. Give your sick child a lot of drinking, especially with fever. If you took care of your child, then your hands immediately.


Temperature increase allows the body of your child to work harder to get better. Your child uses his reserves for this, but he needs a lot of fluid (water). In children, the temperature quickly rises, sometimes up to 40 degrees. Fever is a completely natural and necessary reaction of the body. Due to the increased body temperature, the pathogens are better controlled. Thus suppressing the fever is actually against this natural reaction.

Not equally worried

If your child does not look sick, he is eating reasonably normal and is not listless, you do not have to be equally worried. If you are, or have doubts, always consult your doctor.

Give your child extra drink
Give your child enough rest
Watch out with going outside
If the temperature is very high (above 40 degrees) you can cool your child with a washcloth with lukewarm water. Do it very quietly and carefully and first pat dry one part before dabbing the next part.


In his second year of life your toddler gets a vaccination when he is fourteen months old. He gets two injections. A BMR (Mumps, Measles, Red Dog) and a Men-C (Menigococci C). The latter is a form of meningitis.

DTP vaccine

After this vaccination your child will no longer be vaccinated. Only around his fourth birthday he gets another DTP vaccine (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Polio) and a separate injection against Kinkhoest. In the course of 2006, however, this will change, then there will be a combination vaccine.

What is your experience?

We would love to hear your opinion about vaccination. What is your experience? Did your toddler have any side effects and what did you do about this? How was your experience with the clinic? What do you think about vaccination? Do you think it's a good thing? Or not? Are there enough vaccinations? Or should it be further expanded? In short, we are curious about your opinion about vaccinating.


Ensure good safety for your toddler:

Close stairs and other unsafe places with fences.
Do not allow children access to the bathroom.
Close the kitchen cabinets with child safety locks but put all toxic substances in a safe place.
Plants can be toxic, pay attention to which plants you put in your room.
Do not let small parts swing (note toys from any older children).
Always check your toddler's toys for soundness.
Place protective plates on all electrical outlets.
Place door stops on the doors so that fingers can not pinch when closing.
If your toddler is an adventurer, make sure that the outer door is always locked.
Place a child lock on the garden fence.
Put outdoor toys (slide, swing etc) on the grass and not on the stones.
Check the outdoor toys regularly for rust, strength, stability, splinters and burrs.
Teach your toddler how to handle the toy, what he can do with it and what not.

Checlist safety in and around the house

In addition to securing the sockets, closing cabinets and drawers, door stoppers and installing stair gates, there are many more safety measures to take, which you may not initially think of. With thanks to our visitors, we put this for you in a row:

01 Pictures in electrical outlets
02 Security cabinets / drawers / hazardous substances
03 Placement of stair gates
04 Door stoppers on the doors
05 Screening of table corners
06 Hob safety / Oven protection
07 Security on windows
08 Hanging medicine cabinet
09 Shielding hot heating
10 Anti-slip in bathroom and / or shower
11 Place poisonous plants out of reach
12 Wearing bicycle helmet on the bike
13 Protect the hot water tap and reduce the temperature of water to 0 degrees Celsius
14 Eliminating / securing loose cables and cords
15 Removing the lock from the WC door
16 Slot on video recorder
17 Place lock or hook on fridge / freezer
18 Do not use tablecloth on tables
19 Poison pointer at home
20 Smoke, fire and / or carbon monoxide alarm
21 First aid box within reach
22 Fire blanket / fire extinguisher
23 Do not let little things swing
24 No steps near windows
25 Protecting the pond in the garden
26 Safely made up bed
27 Tie up strings of blinds and curtains
28 Do not place a jar with small candies on the table

Vitamins and minerals for toddlers and preschoolers

The word vitamin is derived from 'vital'. This means 'necessary for life'. We get vitamins mainly through our food. If we get insufficient vitamins due to poor nutrition or poor absorption of nutrients in the intestines, certain symptoms can occur. The body can make a number of vitamins itself, but only in small quantities so that supplementation from food is necessary. The only vitamin that is produced in sufficient amounts by the body itself is vitamin K.

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