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Avera Children's Hospital

1325 S. Cliff Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57117
605-322-KIDS or 888-315-3666

Educational ResourcesEducational Resources

These are guides only and should never replace the advice of your physician.

Some materials can be requested through the Family Life Education Office at 605-322-3660

Nutrition and Feeding

Children's Nutrition Guidelines

Having a basic understanding of nutritional needs and eating behaviors is especially important for parents of young children. Because of our society’s eating habits, children today are at a higher risk for developing heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.

Children’s Nutrition Guidelines

Feeding Guide for Infants

A feeding guide for your child, from birth to 1 years old.

Feeding Guide for Infants

Feeding Guide for Young Children

A feeding guide for young children, from 1 to 6 years old.

Feeding Guide for Young Children

Guidance and Discipline

Reinforcement for Appropriate Behavior

Rewarding and reinforcing appropriate behavior is the best way to teach a child how to act in the world.

Reinforcement for Appropriate Behavior

Discipline: A Teaching and Learning Experience

Discipline can be one of the most difficult and confusing issues when it comes to children. Remember that discipline does not only mean punishment.

Discipline: A Teaching and Learning Experience

Young Children: Communication is Key

Through guidance and discipline, we teach our children the rules of life. Our goal should be for them to learn to control their own behavior. Positive communication can lay the groundwork for this learning.

Young Children: Communication is Key

Terrific Toddlers

Toddlerhood is a stage that often frustrates parents and caregivers. The more you know about your toddler, the more you will enjoy this exciting stage!

Terrific Toddler

Sibling Rivalry

Relationships between siblings can be some of the longest and strongest in human development. But parents often feel frustrated when sibling interaction includes fighting, bickering and name-calling.

Sibling Rivalry

Handling a Biter

Biting is a common occurrence among toddlers. Many developmental characteristics influence this.

Handling a Biter

Children and the Grieving Process

Talking to children about death is not an easy thing for parents to do. You are the best resource and support as your child works through the grief process.

Children and the Grieving Process

Toilet Training

For parents, toilet training requires time, understanding and patience. For children, maturation, motivation and experience are all needed.

A Parent’s Guide For Toilet Training

Tips for Reading to Your Child

Reading will develop memory and comprehensive skills, build vocabulary, and help teach concepts like colors, numbers and shapes.

Tips for Reading to Your Child

Security Objects

Many children develop a security ritual that may include thumb or finger sucking and/or a security object like a blanket, pacifier or toy. This is very normal, and is actually considered to be a sign of emotional health.

Thumb/Finger Sucking, Pacifiers, and Security Objects


Child Development Newsletters

Feedings. Play. Safety. Health. There are so many things to think about when you have a new child in the family. Avera is here to help! Avera Children’s Hospital & Avera Medical Group Pediatric Specialists, along with the Sioux Empire United Way, is proud to bring you newsletters that provide helpful tips and fun ways to aid your child’s development in the early years of life. Access the newsletters.

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