Child Health

Cleaning Your Child’s Mouth and Teeth

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  From Mouth Wipes to Brushing and Flossing As with any other part of your child’s body, your child’s mouth needs to be cleaned regularly to keep it healthy, working properly and looking good. If your child’s mouth is clean and healthy, the rest of his or her body will be better off, too. Oral hygiene needs to start early. ... Read More »

Your Child’s Mouth

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  The Primary Teeth When infants are born, almost all of their primary (baby) teeth already have formed. These teeth are still hidden in the gums. They usually begin to erupt (come through the gums) at about 6 months of age. Some babies get teeth earlier, and some get them later. Usually, the two bottom front teeth come in first. ... Read More »

Decayed Baby Teeth — Save Them or Pull Them?

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  Your child’s dentist has had the same conversation many times. Dentist: “Your son, John, has a very large cavity in his second primary molar. To save the tooth, I will have to do a root canal and place a crown.” Parent: “Doc, it’s a just baby tooth. Why don’t you pull it?” The reaction is a common one because ... Read More »

6 Steps to a Healthier Smile

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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, a campaign sponsored by the American Dental Association (ADA) to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. According to the ADA, baby teeth are just as important as permanent teeth because they help children chew and speak as well as hold space in the jaw for the permanent teeth that are developing ... Read More »

Your Child’s Mouth

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  The Primary Teeth When infants are born, almost all of their primary (baby) teeth already have formed. These teeth are still hidden in the gums. They usually begin to erupt (come through the gums) at about 6 months of age. Some babies get teeth earlier, and some get them later. Usually, the two bottom front teeth come in first. ... Read More »

Is Your Child Anorexic? Know the Signs

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When singer Karen Carpenter died of complications from anorexia nervosa in 1983, knowledge of the illness was not especially widespread. In a piece for People Magazine published nine months after Carpenter’s death, her brother, Richard Carpenter, recalled how Karen suddenly started losing weight in 1975: “It was right around that time that we heard about anorexia. I don’t recall how ... Read More »

5 Top Winter Skin Conditions And How To Prepare For Them

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Winter weather conditions can be hard on your skin from head to toe. Adding holiday stress to the wintry mix presents an additional challenge for people with—or without—chronic skin diseases. “Even if you’re not prone to chronic skin conditions, your skin may have a reaction if you’re exposed to cold, windy, sunny, or stressful conditions this holiday season,” said Mark ... Read More »

American Academy of Pediatrics Periodicity Schedule Update

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This morning, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published an update of its Recommendations for Preventive Pediatric Health Care, otherwise known as the periodicity schedule. This document is used by pediatricians as a guideline for when healthy children should receive certain screenings and preventive health care. The periodicity schedule is updated yearly to encompass any new and revised recommendations published ... Read More »

Children and Technology

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The widespread use of technology has reached even infants, with ⅓ of children under the age of 1 already having used a tablet or smartphone device. Using these devices at such a young age has been shown to negatively impact areas of development, including self-regulation, the perception of emotion and visual motor skills.   Think of the cranky four-year-old out ... Read More »