Your baby: Month 23

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What's the baby up to?

When to start daycare
Always keep in mind what is best for your child – there is no real right or wrong time, it depends on the individual family and child. You might like to start him for just a few hours a couple of times a week – ask the nursery school if their policy allows this. These things will influence your decision:

Is he potty trained? Some nursery schools only accept children who are out of nappies.
Can he play by himself for a few minutes?
Is he comfortable around other people and children?
Can he follow simple instructions and fit in with nursery school routines? Schedules are followed at nursery schools and your toddler will have to get used to moving from one activity to another.

How to find the right daycare
 You may need to sign him up now for next year, so start thinking about what your plans are and look around at what’s available.
 Get a list of recommended nursery schools or daycare facilities from your area’s primary schools.
 Make an appointment to visit each of the daycare facilities.  
 Make a list of questions you would like to ask.
 Look at the size and safety of the playrooms and playground.
 Look at the security at the gates and ask about their emergency policies.
 Ask what they get for lunch and ask to see the kitchen.
 Look at the toilet and basin area.
 Ask about the teachers and the child-teacher ratio.
 Ask what their daily schedule involves.

Other stuff to think about

Cope with minor scrapes

Seeing your child bleeding is never pleasant, but most small wounds can be treated successfully at home. The aim of first aid is to promote healing and to minimise the risk of infection. Large wounds or severe bleeding need immediate medical attention as blood loss can lead to falling blood pressure and shock.

Most minor wounds stop bleeding on their own. If bleeding continues, apply pressure to the wound with a clean bandage.
Wash the skin around the wound with clean water. Hold the wound under running water to remove dirt. Pat the wound dry with sterile gauze and apply antiseptic ointment.
In the case of cuts, close the wound with sterile adhesive wound closure strips. If strips are not available, cover the wound with a plaster. Don't use cotton wool.
Change the dressings at least once a day and watch for infection – remember that an infection will only be obvious after a day or two.

Get help immediately if:

 The wound is large or deep and bleeding cannot be controlled after 10 minutes of applying pressure.
 Your toddler has lost of lot blood, is drowsy or pale.
 There is numbness or weakness in the limb beyond the wound.
 There is something stuck in the wound.
 Your toddler cannot move his fingers or toes.
 Stitches are required.
 The wound is on the face or neck.

Go back to the complete list of Baby week-by-week updates.

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