- I have a 2-year-old girl who started doing pottery at the age of 1 year and 5 months, but for two weeks she doesn't say when she does, except when she did it. What do you advise me to do and which doctor should I contact? The pediatrician told me that he may have a personality crisis and I shouldn't worry, but I can't stay still. Please give me an answer. ThanksAnswer:
The pediatrician is probably right. Around the age of two, certain personality changes take place: the child demands independence and can even be terribly upset when it is not granted (we call such crises "temper tantrum", and English doctors when talking about two-year crises say "the terrible twos").
It is best to place the child on the pot as often as possible, ie once every two hours and in addition to how many times he has done it (because to the desperation of the parents in the real personality crises the child is sitting on the pot without doing anything, then he does it. Has that happened? Then back to the pot!)
It is also good to show her that it is a great shame to do it and to praise her every time she goes to the pot: it is a great achievement that deserves a prize or at least a kiss.
Health wishes you,
dr. Mihnea DRAGOMIR
specialist in family medicine