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Etymology: ME, toteren, to walk unsteadily
a child between 12 and 36 months of age. During this period of development the child acquires a sense of autonomy and independence through the mastery of various specialized tasks such as control of body functions, refinement of motor and language skills, and acquisition of socially acceptable behavior, especially toleration of delayed gratification and acceptance of separation from the mother or parents. The period is characterized by exploration of the environment and rapid cognitive development as the child strives for self-assertion and personal interaction with others while struggling with parental discipline and sibling rivalry. Of primary importance for the nurse is an understanding of the dynamics of the growth and development of the toddler to help parents deal effectively with appropriate nutrition, toilet training, temper tantrums, prevention of accidental injury (primarily from falls, poisoning, and burns), and childhood fears, especially anxiety as a result of separation from the parents.


1. A colloquial term for a child who has begun to walk but whose gait remains clumsy or unsteady.
2. A child between the ages of 2 and 4 years.

Patient discussion about toddler

Q. How much protein should an 18 month old male toddler have daily?

A. sorry about the above :), what i said is i couldn't find a table, although i saw one once( don't remember). but i recommend this site to get information in -

about protein, it depends on the infant's weight.

Q. My toddler is refusing to take the formula diet. My toddler is refusing to take the formula diet. Doctor has prescribed him iron drops. But why is the need and could he be iron deficient at this age?

A. His iron supplements would be incomplete and so is the requirement of iron drops being prescribed by the doctor. My daughter was also found to be iron deficient and the doctor suggested me to add diets such as oats, beans like soy beans, cereals, green vegetables like spinach, seafood, egg yolks, iron fortified breads, dry fruits. Iron plays a vital role in the formation of blood and its deficiency can lead to anemia. Early stage child anemia is harmful for the child. Do not forget to give oranges and citric fruits because it helps in the absorption of iron from foods taken.

Q. My two years old boy started to limp and to complain about foot pain. what can it be? My two years boy is complaining about a left foot pain. the pain starts in his thigh and radiates down. He doesn't have fever or any other symptom. He started waking in the age of 1.5 years and he never walked well. He seems like he is never balanced on his left leg. His labor was traumatic, and I needed a C-section. what can be the source of his complaints?

A. Hello...has your son been seen by a pediatric orthopedist? There are many things this could be...including flat feet, no arches (have the child step in water and then walk on concrete...see if you can see an arch there or is there nothing but the water with no indication of an arch. Just in case of something more serious, and not to frighten you, but let's say things are out there today, ? a rare syndrome or even Charcot? Only a pediatric orthopedist could address those types of issues and no mom ever wants to see her son or daughter suffer...
it hurts us as much as them I think! If it continues or gets worse, please do not delay in seeing the pediatric orthopedist to be sure.
I hope this was helpful and blessings your way. BARBS

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This is the big launch then smaller groups all over the North East will hold their own toddles, but this is the big official launch.
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Eliza Bailey, aged 22 months, dressed as a bumble bee, leads the way in the Big Toddle, while Bethan Gore, aged 20 months, wears butterfly wings * Children take part in the Barnardo's Big Toddle at St Fagan's National Museum PICTURES: Richard Swingler [umlaut]
Barnardo's Big Toddle 2009 will take place in June.
Her parents Beverley, 31, and Brendan, 32, have raised up to PS300 for CHUF by doing the toddle with their only child.
The Big Toddle is the UK's biggest charity event for the under-fives, with about 300,000 taking part nationally each year.
Some 250 children will be toddling to the finish line with their families for the Children's Heart Unit Fund (CHUF) on Sunday, in the first ever CHUF Toddle to be held at Close House in Heddon-on-the-Wall, Northumberland.
There was a fun atmosphere, with the children being very proud of their achievement and Big Toddle medal.
The Big Toddle 2008 raises money for local Barnardo's projects working with disadvantaged young people including play schemes for children with disabilities, family centres and parenting classes.
THOUSANDS of youngsters from across the West Midlands descended on Dudley Zoo for the start of the annual Big Toddle.
ELLESMERE PORT: Children's groups are invited to join the mayor in a sponsored toddle to raise money for their own groups and the mayor's charity fund.
Barnardo's Big Toddle 2007 gets under way at the Welsh Mountain Zoo at Colwyn Bay and organisers are hoping a record number of toddlers will register to come along to take part in the sponsored half-mile walk.