Promoting healthy sleep habits for two-year-olds should include having a pre bed routine, sticking to the same bedtime, communicating with your child about any changes in routine, getting adjusted to regulate the nervous system, and using soothing oils like lavender. Transcript: "What are the best ways to promote healthy sleep habits for my two-year-old? So great question. So we know at two years old there's a lot that happens developmentally within the child's brain and nervous system. So things that we always recommend to our practice members is making sure that we have a solid pre-bed routine. Kids love routine and sticking with that routine as well. So if that looks like, okay we're gonna eat dinner and then play for 20 minutes and then we're gonna read a book and then take a bath, get our PJs on, sing a song, rock with mommy or daddy, and then go to bed. So constantly promoting that routine is gonna be crucial. Making sure that you're sticking with a solid bedtime as well. We know that sleep is vitally important for everyone but especially our kiddos who are still developing. So sticking with that routine and that time where it is time to go to bed. If there are things that happen where new family members come to stay with you or you're traveling, try to stick to that routine. Again, even when you're away or setting up new expectations and starting to communicate to your two-year-old like, hey this is gonna change or we're gonna change this a little bit just so that we are increasing their ability to understand that and decreasing any anxiety that could be in a change of routine, therefore decreasing any tantrums. Thinking about warm baths, getting adjusted, so making sure that the child's nervous system is regulated, soothing oils like lavender can be helpful as well. And these are just all tips."
Encouraging your two-year-old to be active and engage in physical activity can involve changing their routine to reduce screen time, playing with them and encouraging them to interact and play with kids their own age, building forts or structures with them and getting on your hands and knees and playing, going to the playground and showing them how to use the equipment, and setting a good example by being active yourself. Transcript: "How can I encourage my two-year-old to be active and engage in physical activity? Great question. So first and foremost, looking at the current routine that your two-year-old is in, whether school is involved or not, looking at screen time. If that is a big part of the child's day, then potentially see what that looks like if we change that routine. Playing with your child, getting around kids that are the same age as your child will also be helpful as well because they should be able to start engaging with others and learning to share is going to be huge at this age. Building jungle gyms, encouraging them, getting on your hands and knees as a parent or a caregiver. Building forts could be also fun. Playing with them in the backyard or at the playground, so encouraging them or walking up the ladder with them and going down the slide together. Figuring out if swings are fun for them as well. These are all simple ways that you can encourage your two-year-old to be more active and engage in physical activity. Remember that you are the example for your child, so your child can still see and using you as the example. So making sure you as the parent and caregiver are also being physically active and engaging in activity because this will also set the groundwork for raising healthy kids and getting them to be more active as well. So you are the example and that also could be a helpful, useful tip as well. And again, just getting outside, encouraging building forts and then finding other friends who have the same age kids can also be helpful as well."
Transcript: "The question is, are there any developmental milestones that I should be monitoring at this age? And if so, what are they? So I believe we're talking about around two years old or 24 months. So things that you should be looking for are kicks a ball independently, holds a cup securely, should be able to jump off the floor with two feet, child should be able to stand on one leg, should verbalize toilet needs, can put on some garments independently. Two year olds will start to mimic domestic needs. So start to mimic washing the parents, either sweep up the floor or wash dishes, things like that. And the child should be able to mimic that either with play. A child should be able to use three word sentences and you should be able to understand them. So starting to understand mine, me, your, I. The child should have around 270 words. A two year old, thinking else, building blocks, about six to seven blocks high, should be able to point and name objects, also turn the pages of a book, keep eye contact, climb up and down ladders, which I think I did mention in the beginning of this little video. These are some things that you can monitor objectively, just or observe that your child is doing around two years of age. And these are just some things. And I'm sure there are tons of other resources at your disposal as well. But I hope this helps with understanding developmental milestones that you can be monitoring and your two year old."
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends one hour of screen time for two to five year olds, but as parents we do the best we can with what we have and some days may require more screen time. Transcript: "The question is, is there a recommended amount of screen time for toddlers and if so, what is it? So the American Academy of Pediatrics, so the AAP, recommends one hour of screen time for two to five year olds. There are certain implications with blue light and different screen times and different programs that can impact the trajectory of brain development. However, with that being said, as parents we do the best we can with what we have. A lot of parents work from home or a lot of parents still have to get things done, like dinner made and chores done, while simultaneously trying to watch their toddler or their infant, so on and so forth. So yes, there is a recommended time and yes, it does impact the brain. However, we also have to surrender to the fact that as parents we do the best that we can with what we have. And maybe some days our child is watching more TV or more on the screens and then other days they're more outside or reading books. So, surrendering to the fact that yes, there is a limit, there is a recommendation, but as parents we do the best we can with what we have and some days more screen time might be necessary in order for the flow to just work out in our homes. So again, just knowing that you're doing your best with monitoring screen time with your toddler, yes, there is a recommendation for two to five year olds limiting to one hour. However, just keep that it is a suggestion and that you do the best you can."
There are no age restrictions for receiving Chiropractic Care, however if there are any red flags associated with the patient such as cardiac or respiratory problems, then it may contraindicate chiropractic care. Transcript: "Are there any age restrictions for receiving chiropractic care? Well, the youngest I've ever treated is a two-year-old and the oldest is a 98. So, in terms of receiving chiropractic care, age is only a limitation if there are any red flags associated with it. And that's going to be most commonly at the top end and that's going to be risks of some of the diseases you would worry about such as cardiac, respiratory, cancer, and situations such as that that might contraindicate chiropractic care. But other than that, it seems to be individual and open game based on the need of the patient."
As a movement optimization therapist, my approach to working with swimmers and athletes has changed. I now take into account the individual's biomechanics and how they feel after the session and over time to ensure that they are getting the best possible result from the treatment. Transcript: "Grant, this is another phenomenal question. Since working with swimmers and athletes, how has your approach changed? So as a movement optimization therapist, when I first started doing this, I did have to change a lot of what I believed in or thought I knew about the human body. So originally as a strengthening conditioning specialist, I believed traditional weightlifting deadlifts and squats and then moving into power exercises and then translate that into endurance power and all that was a very rigid type of pyramid or protocol. I have since then learned that it is a good rule set. However, it is wide and varying. And when working with athletes, movement and biomechanics, it can change depending on the person that's in front of me. So what I think is a good position or a proper movement, it doesn't work for that person so well. So I need to ask a lot of questions and get a lot of feedback as to how the patient is feeling, not just within a session, but within a prolonged period of time to make sure that it is these corrections, movement corrections are indeed what that patient wants and needs so that they feel better in the long run and can continue to build on that."