It doesn’t matter if you are a first-time parent of a 5th-time parent, sometimes things happen, and you need answers. Unsurprisingly millions of us head to Google in search of information, help, opinions and of course, people who have been through the same thing. Baby health concerns can be a bit scary, and it's not always more manageable when they get older either.
Here are a few of those most popular questions:
Why does my child wet the bed?
Well, this could be a number of reasons. The older they get, and if it is still happening there is a chance it is something that needs to be looked into. But in general? They’re totally normal. Some kids are super deep sleepers and they simply just don’t wake up when their bladder is full.
Another issue is, when children start using the toilet without help, you might not be as aware if there are day time problems too. So it is essential to talk to them regularly about how they are.
Genes play a role in how long your child might wet the bed too. If you or your partner wet the bed for years beyond the age of 6, your child will likely stop around the same time.
Alternatively, if you know that there has been bullying or something traumatic has happened, then bedwetting is a common occurrence - so talk to them a little more and see if there is anything you should know.
Why is my child repeating everything I say?
Well, like any new skill, practice makes perfect. So, when they hear new words or sounds, instinctively they will try to replicate them. Although this can be a little annoying, try to remember that they are working those small mouth muscles until those words are easy for them.
At the same time as they are trying to form those words, their brain is working at a rapid rate to work out what should come next. So you might find they repeat the same word over and over until they finally finish what they were trying to say.
Copying small sentences helps them process what is going on around them. ‘Say bye-bye’ or ‘Let’s go night night’ give them hints as to what is about to happen, and children will find comfort in those things.
My child has a fever, why?
It is difficult to know when you need to get to the doctors or when you need to leave them to fend off the illness.
Sometimes it is something as simple as a cold, and other times it is something more sinister.
Often parents mistake ‘slightly warm’ for a true fever. If your child feels warm to the touch, that doesn’t mean they have a temperature, it means they are warmer than you. You should make sure that you take their temperature with a children's thermometer before taking action if you aren’t 100% sure.
Real fevers will run at around 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. But if your little one is less than 3 months old of their fever lasts more than a couple of days, head to get them checked out.
Sometimes children also do things in a totally unexpected way. Keep calm and carry on parenting!