Stubborn Toddler Poops Part I: The Behavioral Side

Two issues that often cause a great deal of frustration when potty training toddlers are poop and preschool pressure. I received this question from a grandparent a while back that well captures both issues. Q) Hi: We have been trying to potty train our 3 1/2 granddaughter.  She does pretty well with the pee, but bowel movements have not been successful. She says “the poopy doesn't … [Read more...]

Q&A: Toddler Sleep & Military Parents: Is there a connection?

Q) Dear Dr. Gwenn: My daughter is 3 ½ years old. I just spent the last year raising her alone while my husband was in Korea. Since we are a military family, our lives change every so often when it has to. Lately our daughter takes up to 3 hours to go to sleep, we have left her by herself and we have to take her back into her room at least 6 times. We’ve tried reading stories in her bed and … [Read more...]

My toddler vomits sometimes. Should I worry?

Q) Dear Dr. Gwenn, I have an active, happy and playful 15 month old son.  His solid and liquid intake is good. He is not experiencing cold, fever or any allergy symptoms but he has eczema and is on hydrocortisone weekly for the past month.  For the past weeks, he throws up at the most 5 times a week. It is all that he ate a moment ago covered with clear mucus. Please advice. Thanks, YP … [Read more...]

Evaluating a Toddler Who Refuses To Walk

Q) Hi  Dr.Gwenn, Our daughter is 3 years old and fell on her knee recently. She will stand on it but is refusing to walk. We personally think there is nothing wrong apart from the graze on the knee. Could you please shine some light on this situation? This is the 2nd time we have had this problem after a fall on both knees. Yours gratefully, Mr.G … [Read more...]