So, your child’s teeth just started to come in. We know that this can be an exciting milestone for parents. Of course, this also means considering your child’s oral health. Just as you brush and floss your teeth every day, you will now need to begin brushing your child’s teeth. While the techniques and practices will be a bit different and probably less time-consuming (seeing as your child probably only has one or two teeth at the moment), here are some tips for how to brush your child’s teeth properly,
- Even before your child’s teeth start to erupt it’s important to keep their gums healthy and clean by wiping them with a soft, damp cloth after each feeding and right before bedtime. Your child will get their first tooth between 6-14 months.
- Yes, even children’s teeth can develop decay. As soon as the tooth is formed it can develop decay, so it’s important that you start brushing it as soon as you see it.
- Purchase a child-sized toothbrush from your local drugstore and wet the soft-bristled toothbrush with water to brush your child’s tooth or teeth (at this point you don’t need toothpaste).
- Your child won’t start needing toothpaste until they are 2 years old. From 2-3 years old your child only needs toothpaste the size of a grain of rice in order to clean their teeth. After 3 years old, you can upgrade to a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.
- Just as you do for your own teeth, you should also brush your child’s teeth twice a day (once in the morning and again at night right before going to bed).
- Use soft, circular motions when brushing the teeth and the gums. Again, just as you do your own teeth, you should brush for a minimum of two minutes. Don’t forget to brush their tongue and roof of their mouth, too.
- We know that your child may not fully understand the brushing process, so it’s a good idea to tell them what you are doing and the importance of brushing their teeth. Even though they can’t brush their own teeth yet it’s still great to show them how to brush so that when it’s time to start brushing their own teeth they understand how to do it.
- Most children can start brushing their teeth around 7-8 years old, but still need to be supervised by an adult until around 10-11 years old.
Have questions about caring for your baby’s developing smile? Keeping your child’s smile healthy is so important for their development and practicing good oral hygiene at home will ensure that your child’s smile stays healthy.
- At birth: this is performed right away on your child, as part of the newborn physical assessment.
- 6 months: your pediatrician evaluates your child’s eyes at their regular appointment.
- 3.5 years old: at your child’s appointment, the pediatrician tests their eyes and also their visual acuity.
- 5 years old: a standard assessment performed at a pediatric appointment.
- Your child doesn’t keep or make eye contact
- They don’t respond to your facial expressions or smiles
- Does not reciprocate facial expressions or have the appropriate ones
- Doesn’t respond to parent’s pointing
- Has problems making friends
- Shows a lack of concern for others
- Your child hasn’t spoken by 16 months
- Repeats or parrots what others say
- Doesn’t feel the need or want to communicate
- Starts missing language and social milestones after 15 months
- Doesn’t pretend play but does have a good memory for numbers, songs, and letters
- Has an affinity for routines and schedules and does not like altering them
- Likes to twirl their fingers, sway, rock, or spin
- Has strange activities that they enjoy doing repeatedly
- They are sensitive to sounds, lights, touch, textures, and smells
- They are more interested in the parts of a toy instead of the whole thing
How your pediatricians in McKinney, Texas can help your child stay healthy
If you have a sick child, isn’t it nice to know you don’t always have to travel to a medical office? Isn’t it nice to know you and your child can still obtain excellent medical care, in the comfort of your home? That’s the purpose of telehealth services, to provide care, right when you and your child need it. The pediatricians at ABC Pediatrics in McKinney, Texas offer telehealth services to help your child stay healthy.
Many pediatric services can be performed with telehealth, including:
- Pink eye
- Flu or cold symptoms
- Vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation
- Skin conditions including eczema or acne
- Skin lacerations, cuts, or bites
- Reviewing lab tests or x-ray results
- Counseling about diet
- Medication consultations
Some prenatal and postnatal services can also be completed with a telehealth appointment, including breastfeeding, lactation, or newborn care questions.
At this time, well-child visits for children under 2 years old are still performed in the office in the mornings only, along with immunizations.
You can sign up for telehealth services by visiting https://portal.anytimepediatrics.com/ Go to the patient section and sign up with the office code 9904, where you can chat online with a pediatrician. If your child needs lab testing like a throat swab, or your child needs a limited exam, you may be asked to bring your child to the office parking lot.
You and your child will love the convenience and privacy of telehealth services. Your child can receive excellent care while still in the comfort of your home. This is especially important for newborns and small children, who are two of the most vulnerable age groups.
You and your child deserve the best care possible, and your pediatricians at ABC pediatrics are dedicated to delivering excellent medical care. To find out more about the benefits of telehealth services, call the pediatricians of ABC Pediatrics in McKinney, Texas at (972) 569-9904. Call now!
- Sore throat
- Noticeably bigger tonsils
- Pain or problems with swallowing
- Yellow or white patches coating the throat and tonsils
- Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
- Foul breath
- Stiff neck
- A scratchy or rough voice
- Stomach pain
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