Tips For Toddler Behaviour

Here at The Babydrop we encourage and promote “positive parenting and positive discipline.” From our own experience with toddlers at home and at the crèche, we know that they can be extremely demanding and challenging to deal with at times! Experience shows that the implementation of a consistent approach to behaviour management at home and in the nursery setting results in a more positive outcome in terms of toddler behaviour.

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All children at home and in a day care environment test boundaries. This is a normal part of growing up, learning and becoming an independent person. Toddlers may seem to test these boundaries on a more regular basis, which can be both frustrating and challenging for parents and carers. This is not them being naughty or disobedient; it is the only way in which they can learn what the limits to their behaviour are.

The first thing to remember is that you are not alone! It is normal for toddlers to get frustrated about things and have temper tantrums. Whilst it may be embarrassing and stressful for you (especially when you are out and about in public) try to keep these positive discipline tips in mind:

  • You are the adult! Stay calm and compose yourself. Take a breath and mentally count to 5 before you respond.
  • Have clear simple rules and limits and consistently apply them.
  • Try to keep your use of “no” to a minimum – use expressions such as “later” or “soon” where possible instead.
  • Acknowledge how your toddler is feeling e.g. “I know that you are cross/angry/sad.”
  • Praise good behaviour which you want to encourage and try to turn a blind eye to minor misdemeanours.
  • Smacking is not promoted as a form of punishment and may make behaviour and tantrums worse and can also make your child afraid of you.

Tantrums are exacerbated when children are tired and/or hungry. Try to have a routine in place, which everyone understands and follows. Make sure that you plan ahead for emergencies by having some snacks and drinks with you when you are out and about in case mealtimes become delayed.   Whilst difficult, ignoring a toddler tantrum can be very effective as it gives them less incentive for it to be repeated.  

If you are finding your toddler’s behaviour too hard to cope with, then don’t be afraid to get some help. We are always here to support parents and carers and our staff are always happy to answer any behaviour-related questions. For some third party advice, the Wandsworth Family Information Service has some good resources including parenting workshops:

www.wandsworth.childrensservicedirectory.org.uk.

Burns

After our choking blog last week, which had a great response, we have asked Emma from First Aid For Life to give us some first aid procedures to carry out when dealing with burns. 

Burns can happen suddenly and the pain and damage caused can be devastating. Knowing what to do if this should happen can make a massive difference in reducing the amount of pain and scarring experienced and may avoid the child having any tissue damage.

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FOR All BURNS – TREAT THEM IMMEDIATELY WITH COOL RUNNING WATER

  • Immediately, but extremely carefully remove loose clothing covering the burn.
  • DO NOT TAKE CLOTHES OFF IF THERE IS ANY RISK THAT THE SKIN HAS STUCK TO THEM OR IF THE SKIN HAS BLISTERED.
  • Put the affected area under cool running water for at least 10 minutes. Remember you are cooling the burn and not the child.
  • Keep the child warm and dry and look out for any signs of shock
  • Phone an ambulance, particularly if a large area is affected, or if the skin is broken or blistered and keep the area under cool running water whilst you are waiting for the ambulance.

A burn is measured using the size of your hand – your palm is roughly equivalent to 1% of your body. Therefore a burn measuring just the size of a 50pence can be very serious for a baby or small child.

If the burn is caused by a chemical, run under cool running water for at least 20 minutes and be careful of the run off as it could still be corrosive and hurt you. Look at the advice on the packaging and see if there are any specific instructions.

Sunburn:

  • Cool the area under a shower for at least 10 minutes or apply repeated cool wet towels for 15 minutes.
  • When completely cooled, apply neat Aloe Vera gel to the affected area, this will soothe, reduce swelling and promote healing.
  • Give the child plenty to drink and seek medical advice.

Electrical burns:

Always ensure that the area is safe if someone has been electrocuted:

  • Do not touch them until you have turned the electricity off at the mains.
  • Electrical burns have an entry and exit and burn all the way through the inside. Therefore the electrical burn is unlikely to be the most important injury and should not be a distraction when they may be losing consciousness and could stop breathing as a result of the shock affecting their heart.

Burns to the; hands, face, feet, genitals, airways, or a burn that extends all the way around a limb, are particularly serious. Keep the burnt area under cool running water until the paramedic arrives.

All burns are serious, particularly when dealing with children. Often people have different depths of burn within a single injury. Whatever the depth of burn, they should all be treated under cool running water.

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Treating a burn promptly under cool running water for at least 10 minutes makes a huge difference to the severity of a burn and therefore the amount of pain, scaring and length of time in hospital that the child may experience.

Never touch the burn, pop blisters, or put on any creams whatsoever. 

Always get a medical professional to assess a burn.

Never:

·        Remove anything that has stuck to a burn

·        Touch a burn

·        Burst blisters

·        Apply any creams, lotions or fats

·        Apply tight dressings, tapes or use anything fluffy

First Aid for life provides this information for guidance and it is not in any way a substitute for medical advice. If you think you need to brush up your skills and do a first aid course then give Emma a call today.

For more information please visit:  http://www.firstaidforlife.org.uk or contact emma@firstaidforlife.org.uk  0208 675 4036

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