Childhood Diseases

Posted by: HMom | 2011-02-01



Hello Professor, thanks in advance for you help...

My 2 year and 1 month old daughter has since she turned two a month ago (ironically) become more difficult. She is moodier and says no to everything. When she cant get somethng that she has asked for at home she cries. Now the latest since Saterday night is she wakes up at 1 and 3 in the morning crying for milk. She goes back to sleep immediately with the bottle (she only drinks her night milk bottle with a teat bottle - the rest is from a cup.)
Another concern for me is that she has never had a securit blanket that she carried around - only her " lappie"  when she went to sleep now she has a dog soft toy and he is with her ALL the time - sleeps, goes to creche and even has to sit on the bath when she is in the bath. Why do you think she has developed with now?
Then also she doesnt want to walk anywhere where there are people - she wants me to carry her. Is she insecure - is this normal? Or is this just her being two?
Oh - she is still in our room in her cot - do you think this is a big issue?
Apologies for my rambling and long post..

Expert's Reply



You are welcome.You are a good observer and have noticed a change in your 2 year old daughter's behaviour recently.Children of this age are very sensitive to changes in their environment. Did you go on holiday recently as being away from their usual environment is often enough to upset some children?If not a recent holiday then something else must have upset her comfort zone lately.It does seem that she is feeling insecure. There is no need to be concerned about her having her soft toy dog with her as this is her comfort toy.When she wakes up she will need a bit of comforting and then she will settle down.Her present behaviour should only be temporary and she should soon settle down again.

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Posted by: HMom | 2011-02-01

Hi Chantal - i think he should be going to creche now. Maybe playing with friends and being part of a team and the stimulation will give him some confidence?

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Posted by: Chantal | 2011-02-01

My 3 and a half year old seems to be acting out lately, he wants to be cradled and rocked till he falls asleep. He refuses to make No.2 in the toilet or in his potty he would rather wear a nappy, he has wet the bed a few times as well, but that has stopped for the past 3 days. He still cries when we leave for work in the morning and he begs me not to leave him and go to work, sometimes he asks if he can come to work with me. I''m concerned about him as his behaviour has changed alot over the past month or so. Are we doing something wrong as parents, should he rather be in school, what can we do to correct this situation?

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