Feeding time with toddlers can be a real challenge. There are developmental reasons why kids between 1 & 3 yrs of age seem to just pick at their food. The first year of life is a period of rapid growth for babies. Toddlers gain weight more slowly, so they need less food for growth. The fact that these little ones are always on the go also affects their eating patterns. They don't sit still for anything, even food. Snacking their way through the day is more compatible with these busy explorers' lifestyle than sitting down to a full-fledged feast. Toddlers also have periods of time when they may want 1-2 foods for every meal and snack. Since erratic eating habits are as normal as toddler mood swings, expect your child to eat well one day and eat practically nothing the next. Toddlers from one to three years need between 1,000 and 1,300 calories a day, yet they may not eat this amount every day. Aim for a nutritionally-balanced week, not a balanced day. Make it a goal to offer healthy meals and snacks each day that are bite sized and easy to grab and go.
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A common problem with breastfeeding moms is yeast infections of the nipples. Sudden, severe, unexplained pain in a nursing mother's nipple or breast can be an indication of a yeast infection.
Symptoms of yeast infection include:
- Pain and/or swelling of the nipple or breast tissue
- Burning and/or Itching
- Shiny appearance or red/bright pink nipple
- Nipples may be dry and peel during or after a yeast infection
- Skin may have a rash with tiny, fluid-filled blisters or white dots
- Sore or cracked nipples have not responded to changes in positioning other comfort measures
Yeast infections on the breast can be treated with over the counter antifungal creams or with prescription antifungal medications. If the nipples are very painful, making nursing uncomfortable, nipple shields may be used temporarily. Cool compresses will also help to relieve pain.
Make sure to check your baby’s mouth and diaper area for signs of yeast. Symptoms of thrush in a baby include:
- White patches on their gums, insides of cheeks, palates and tongues which do not scrape off
- Difficulty feeding. Thrush can make a baby’s mouth sore, causing them to refuse to nurse or to nurse for a moment, then pull off the breast and cry.
- Diaper rash caused by yeast causes a bright red, raised rash with stray bumps around the edges. Diaper rash caused by yeast will not clear up with diaper cream.
Diaper rashes caused by yeast can be treated with over the counter antifungal creams. Try to keep the diaper area clean and dry. If you notice white patches in your baby’s mouth, call the office.
Cluster feeding is when a baby groups several breast feedings closer together at a certain point in the day. Usually cluster feeds occur in the evening hours. During this time, the baby will demand to be fed several times over the course of a few hours. For mom’s it may feel like you are breastfeeding constantly and that the baby is constantly hungry. Cluster feedings often coincide with a baby’s fussy time. Babies will nurse a few minutes, pull off, fuss/cry, nurse a few minutes, pull off, fuss/cry, etc.
Cluster feeding is more commonly seen in newborn babies, but it can also occur during a growth spurts. Cluster feedings are not a bad thing and do not necessarily mean that you have a low milk supply. They help build the mother's milk supply and increase the baby's calorie intake for growth. Sometimes babies will also sleep for longer stretches after cluster feeding.
Some causes of cluster feedings include:
- Growth Spurts
- Infant is seeking closeness with Mom
- Slower maternal milk flow (this is typical in the evenings).
If your baby is cluster feeding, be patient and remember that it is only temporary. If you are concerned about a medical condition, schedule an appointment.
Strep throat is a bacterial throat infection that can make your throat feel sore and scratchy. Compared with a viral throat infection, strep throat symptoms are generally more severe.
In general, signs and symptoms of strep throat include:
- Throat pain
- Difficulty swallowing
- Red and swollen tonsils, sometimes with white patches or streaks of pus
- Tiny red spots on the soft or hard palate — the area at the back of the roof of the mouth
- Swollen, tender lymph glands (nodes) in your neck
- Stomachache and sometimes vomiting, especially in younger children
It's possible for your child to have many of these signs and symptoms, but not have strep throat. The cause of these signs and symptoms could be a viral infection or some other kind of illness. That's why there are tests specifically for strep throat
If your child has any of these symptoms, call the office for an appointment.
Our kids are growing up in a very different work that we did and it can be very stressful for both teens and parents. As parents we want to protect our kids, but teens are fighting for their independence and want to make their own choices. Part of our job as parents is preparing them to make good choices and learn to deal with the consequences of their actions. Most parents dread having difficult, but necessary conversations with their kids about things like drinking, drugs, and sex. Here is some info to help get you started.
- Talk with your teen about the dangers of using electronic devices when driving. Be a positive role model and put your phone away when driving. We are all tempted to answer the call from the office, look at our GPS for directions, or send a text to Dad, but it is risky! Make a pledge or sign a contract with your teen about putting phones away while in the car and hold each other accountable.
- After football game get-togethers, weekend parties, and prom are a normal part of High School for teens. These can also be times when your teen is offered alcohol or drugs. Talk to your teens about the dangers of drinking and driving. Let them know that drugs can kill, even the first time that you take something. Tell teens to be aware of their surroundings. Never take a drink from someone if they did not pour it themselves or see it being poured. It is very easy for people to slip drugs into drinks. Educate yourself and be aware of what drugs kids in your community are using. Provide factual info, watch videos and look up info together. Do not use scare tactics. These do not work with most teenagers.
- Have a “Don’t ask” policy with your teen. If they call and need a ride home unexpectedly. Go get them, don’t ask questions, and be thankful that they called you when they were in a bad situation that they needed to get out of. They will talk about it when they are ready. Put this in writing so that your teen knows that you are serious about it. This shows that you trust them, which increases their trust in you.
- Talk about body image. The media glorifies thinness, dressing provocatively, and participating in risky behaviors. Adolescent bodies are changing and this can be challenging for many teens to deal with. They are also dealing with hormone shifts, acne, peer pressure, and possibly bullying which can make them sensitive when discussing their appearance. Allow teens to express themselves with clothing when possible, but try to discourage overly revealing clothing. Teach teens that too tight, too low cut, too short clothes can draw unwanted attention from unwanted people. If your daughter likes the teenie bikini, try offering an alternative that you can both agree on. Pick your battles! Purple hair may be a better alternative than pants below the butt.
- Cover the basics about sex. Give the facts and cover the “What, When, Where, & Why”.
-Make sure to discuss intercourse as well as oral sex. Talk about STDs, HIV, and pregnancy. STDs can be transmitted by oral sex any many teens do not think of oral sex as sex. Teens should know that if they make the choice to become sexually active, they also need to make the choice to be responsible and protect themselves. Even if we do not approve of sexual activity before marriage, teens are ultimately in control of their own bodies and need to know the facts.
-Talk with your teen about how they know it is the right time to have sex and how they know they are with the right person. If your family attends Church, add a biblical perspective to the conversation. Discuss your family’s values and beliefs openly. It is ok to tell your teen that you do not approve of them having sex yet. Just remember that ultimately they have control over their body and will make their own choices.
-Be honest with your teen about sex. Sex is a wonderful thing and it should be based on love, respect, and commitment for each other. Remind your teen that they should not be pressured into having sex if they are not ready.
Remember to develop trusting and open relationships with your teen. If you feel uncomfortable talking about these things, that’s okay. Most likely, so does your teen. We cannot shelter our teens forever, but we can instill solid values and arm them with facts so that they can make the best choices possible.
Always know where your children are and always keep your eyes on them. It is easy for parents to get distracted watching other kids at the soccer fields, baseball fields, park and other areas.
- Older kids should always use the buddy system when going to the bathrooms and in public places.
- Practice safety strategies with your kids and teens. What would they do if someone that they did not know asked them for directions or help? What would they do if they were lost in a store? Trusted adults can be police officers, firemen, & family friends/neighbors. In a pinch, lost kids can ask a mom who has children with her for help.
- Remind your children that grownups do not ask kids for help. If an adult needs assistance from a child, red flags should go up.
- Listen to your kids. If they are uncomfortable around someone, do not force them to be around that person. If your child has an uh-oh feeling, trust their instincts. Never force kids to hug or kiss another person if they are uncomfortable.
- Do not limit your discussions to “strangers”. People who mean harm to kids can be family friends, neighbors, and acquaintances such as the mail carrier, the yard crew, etc. Teach kids that sometimes grownups can be tricky. A tricky person is anyone who tries to get kids to break the rules, or hurt their body. If an adult is asking a child to do something that makes them uncomfortable, makes them sad, will hurt them, or will make Mommy and Daddy upset, they are being tricky and kids should be on guard.
- Remind kids that secrets are only for special gifts/surprises birthdays and holidays. If an adult is asking a child to keep a secret from their parents, they are being tricky and should not be trusted.
- Remind kids that boy parts, girl parts, or bathing suit areas are private. No grownup should look at or touch their private parts unless they are hurt there and are at the doctor’s office.
- Do not write your child’s name on the outside of bags or backpacks. Be careful when displaying your child’s name on your car. This is an easy way for predators to have access to your child’s name.
- Always teach these things in a loving and non-threatening manner. Have open communication with your kids. Avoid using scare tactics.
Here is a recipe for the kids on New Year's Eve.
Pink Champagne Punch
1 12-ounce bottle white grape juice
1 6-ounce can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
1 16-ounce pkg. frozen whole strawberries, thawed
1 12-ounce can lemon-lime soda, chilled
8 cherries (optional)
Combine 1/2 of the grape juice, lemonade, and strawberries in a blender. Whirl until smooth and pour into drink container. Repeat steps 1 and 2 with remaining juice, lemonade, and strawberries. Add soda and stir well. Pour into 8 fancy plastic glasses. Add a cherry to the glass for garnish.
Many kids recieved some fun Christmas toys such as scooters and bikes. Don't forget to protect their head! No matter what age or level of experience, whenever you ride a bike, inline skate, scooter, or ride ripsticks, a helmet should be worn. Cuts, bruises, and even broken bones will heal, but damage to the brain can be permanent. Even a low-speed fall can result in serious head injury. Such injuries can be prevented by wearing a helmet. During a fall or crash, a helmet absorbs much of the force of impact that would otherwise be directed to the head.
Tips to help children understand the importance of wearing helmets:
- Teach by example. Always use your helmet when riding bikes, skating, that pose a potential for collision.
- Start children wearing helmets at a young age when they begin riding a tricycle.
- Buy a helmet that fits your child now, not one to grow into.
- Be aware that your child is more likely to wear a helmet if he or she likes the way it looks. Encourage your child to help choose the helmet or decorate it with stickers.
When babies are in the womb, they are covered with a white substance called vernix that is made up of shed skin cells and oil gland secretions. This waxy material protects your baby's skin until birth. After the vernix is washed off, the top layer of a baby's skin begins to dry up and peel off. As newborn babies adjust to life outside the womb, the appearance of their skin may be startling to new parents. During the first few weeks, your baby may have peeling or cracking of the skin, especially on the wrists, hands, ankles and feet. The peeling can last for the first few weeks of life. Overdue babies seem to peel more than babies born closer to their due date. This is normal and no treatment is necessary. New babies also commonly develop bumps and rashes during the first weeks of life, but these skin conditions are usually normal and harmless. After your baby sheds the top layer of his skin, the underlying layer should be normal and healthy. Do not try to treat your baby's peeling skin with harsh lotions or scented products, and do not scrub or try to peel your baby's skin. Such measures can irritate sensitive newborn skin. Peeling newborn skin does not need to be treated because it is a normal part of your baby's development.
As many of you know, the flu is in The Woodlands! Schools and daycares are seeing a high number of absences related to flu. Here is some info about the flu.
Influenza, or the flu, is a very common illness that is caused by the influenza virus, which strikes most commonly in the winter. Although children get more mild flu infections than adults, rates of flu are much higher among children. Flu symptoms usually develop 2-3 days (incubation period) after coming in contact with someone else who is sick with the flu.
The most common symptoms of the flu are the sudden onset of a runny nose, nasal congestion, sore throat from post nasal drip, cough, fever, which can be either low grade or very high, chills, muscle aches and pains, fatigue, headache, nausea, decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Symptoms usually worsen over the next 3-5 days, and then gradually improve over the next few days without treatments.
Although antibiotics do not work against the flu, there are some things you can do to make your child more comfortable as he recovers, including bedrest, plenty of fluids, a pain and or fever reliever, or use of a humidifier.
Remember that since the flu is caused by a virus, your child will not need an antibiotic as treatment to get better. Antibiotics do not kill the flu virus. There are some antiviral medicines that may help your child get better quicker if they are started within 48 hours of the first signs of illness.
Since the flu is spread by coming into contact with the secretions of someone who is already infected, the best way to not get the flu is to teach your children to wash their hands often, especially before eating and after using the bathroom, to not share cups or glasses, and to cover their mouth and nose when they cough or sneeze. Also wash toys and other objects and surfaces after someone with the flu (or any other infection) touches them.
Your child is now 2yrs old, and you thought that you were finally past the middle of the night feedings, but your child is STILL waking you up at night!!! You are not alone. Many parents struggle with getting their kids to sleep at bedtime or with kids getting up during the night. This is a very common problem, especially for preschool age children. Bedtime shouldn't be a battle, but most of the time, that is exactly what it becomes. Here are some common reasons that could be contributing to the parent nighttime nightmare.
Bedtime is chaotic
Your days and evenings are booked with activities and you still have things to do when the kids go to bed. Many of us need to get this task checked off our to-do list so that we can finish a project, send one more email, watch the TV show that you recorded 2 weeks ago, or just have some quiet time alone. Kids sense when we are rushed or stressed and will react to those emotions. They may get anxious and begin to fight going to sleep.
Set up a bedtime routine and be consistent each night so that everyone can wind down before bed. You might give your child a warm bath, brush his or her teeth, read a few stories and say bedtime prayers. If you play bedtime music, play the same songs every night. Don’t play the songs during the daytime and make sure that the music is soft and soothing. Then tuck your child snugly into bed and say good night. Experiment to find what works best for you — but once you settle on a routine, follow the same sequence of events at the same time and in the same order every night.
Your child doesn't want to go to bed
It's bedtime, but your child fusses about going to sleep because he or she doesn't want to miss anything. If your child can hear talking, laughing, or sounds from the computer or TV, it's easy to see how he or she would feel left out. Keep things quiet during the last hour before bedtime and turn the lights down dim. Put away noisy games and toys for at least 30 min before bedtime or other things that require high brain activity like the iPad/tablets, Leapster, iPhones, etc. Limit the entire family to quiet activities, such as reading books or doing puzzles. Sleep may be more appealing if everyone slows down before bedtime.
Your child won't fall asleep alone
Many children will beg Mom or Dad to stay in the room until he or she falls asleep. To encourage your child to fall asleep alone, help him or her feel secure. Start with a calming bedtime routine. Then make sure your child has a favorite comfort object, such as a stuffed animal or blanket, for company. If your child is afraid of the dark, turn on a night light or leave the bedroom door open. Sometimes kids will still resist. Promise to check on your child every 10 minutes until he or she falls asleep. During these checkups, praise your child for being so quiet and staying in bed. Remember that you're helping your child learn to fall asleep alone. If you give in and climb into bed with your child, that's what your child will remember — and probably expect the next night.
Your child won't stay in his or her bed
You put your child to bed, only to find him or her trailing you down the hall. This happens A LOT. You are not alone. Don't let bedtime become a power struggle: usually the child ends up winning. When your child's bedtime routine is complete and he or she is comfortable, remind your child that there's no reason to get out of bed. If your child gets up, promptly return him or her to bed — repeatedly, if necessary. You may have to shut the door or put up a gate or barrier.
Your child wants to stay up later than you
When bedtime rolls around, you child is wide awake and is not sleepy, but you are exhausted. This is a common scenario for many parents. Try scaling back daytime naps or waking up your child earlier in the morning. You can also put your child to bed a few minutes earlier every night until you're back to the original bedtime. Whatever time you put your child to bed, remember to stick to a calming bedtime routine. Taking time to wind down might help your child fall asleep.
Your child wakes up during the night and can’t fall asleep without your help
If your child wakes up during the night, give him or her a few minutes to settle down before you go into the room. Let your child know that it's time to sleep and then you can leave the room. Wait longer each night to go to your child's side, until eventually your child falls back to sleep without your help.
What is foremilk?
- Foremilk is the milk that is lying in the front of your breast's milk producing cells; this is the first milk that baby drinks with a breastfeeding session and this milk is watery compared to hind milk and is usually bluish in color. Foremilk is also abundant in carbohydrates, protein and vitamins.
What is hindmilk?
- Hind milk is the milk further at the back of your breast's milk producing cells, that is calorie loaded and much higher in fat percentage; it also looks thicker and darker in color.
So why is there a difference in milk?
- When the milk is produced it passes the milk producing cells (alveoli). Most of the fat in the milk then sticks on the back side of these, resulting in hind milk and the rest of the milk collects in the front of the alveoli and produces less fatty foremilk.
- So the fat actually just becomes stuck further back in the breast's alveoli, and this is what causes the large difference between the milk in the beginning of a feed and the milk at the end. The fat content in the milk increases gradually during a feed as the fat globules are released from the alveoli.
- The high lactose level found in the foremilk is important for energy and brain development and also quenches baby’s thirst. The hind milk is important for growth and helps baby feel full.
- The longer you wait between feedings, the more foremilk is allowed to collect and the longer it will take before baby receives the hind milk.
What is a Foremilk Hindmilk/ Imbalance and why does it happen ?
- What this means is that mom is making or baby is getting too much foremilk (the milk from the start of a feeding, and not enough hindmilk, the milk from the end of a feeding).
- This happens when moms have an oversupply or heavy breastmilk supply and when baby snacks at feedings and does not drain a breast at a feeding.
- It can happen when you allow your baby to breastfeed or snack only for a few minutes on each side and not complete a full feeding.
What are the symptoms of a Foremilk/Hindmilk imbalance?
- Green frothy explosive stools
- Baby spits up a lot
- Colic symptoms (fussiness)
- Baby wanting to breastfeed all the time; not becoming satisfied
- Slow weight gain.
What can I do about it?
- Allow baby to drink from one breast until it seems empty or drained before offering the other breast. Breasts are never fully empty because they are constantly producing milk, but you should be able to feel that the breast has decreased in size. Feeding this way will ensure that baby receives the foremilk AND hind milk. The hind milk will fill baby more and decrease colic symptoms and explosive stools. If the other breast becomes a bit engorged (overfull), you can just express some of the milk until her breast feels less full and tight.
- Do not allow baby to comfort feed or suckle at the breast if you already have an oversupply of milk. This will encourage production of more breastmilk.
- If you have an oversupply of breast milk here are some things that you can do:
- You can pump out and discard some of the breastmilk before breastfeeding to ensure that baby receives the hind milk as well as foremilk.
- You can try to reduce oversupply by breastfeeding from only one side for 12 to 24 hours. To prevent engorgement in the other breast, you may need to express just enough milk to relieve pressure.
- You can also try reducing milk supply by drinking Sage tea or using cabbage leaves.
An ingrown toenail is a common condition in which the corner or side of one of your toenails grows into the soft flesh of that toe. The result is pain, redness, swelling and, sometimes, an infection. If you trim your toenails too short, particularly on the sides of your big toes, you may set the stage for an ingrown toenail. Like many people, when you trim your toenails, you may taper the corners so that the nail curves with the shape of your toe. But this technique may encourage your toenail to grow into the skin of your toe. The sides of the nail curl down and dig into your skin. An ingrown toenail may also happen if you wear shoes that are too tight or too short. An ingrown toenail usually affects your big toe.
When you first have an ingrown toenail, it may be hard, swollen and tender. Later, it may get red and infected, and feel very sore. Ingrown toenails are a common, painful condition—especially among teenagers. Any of your toenails can become ingrown, but the problem more often affects the big toe. An ingrown nail occurs when the skin on one or both sides of a nail grows over the edges of the nail, or when the nail itself grows into the skin. Redness, pain and swelling at the corner of the nail may result and infection may soon follow. Sometimes a small amount of pus can be seen draining from the area. Ingrown toenails should be treated as soon as they are recognized. If they are recognized early (before infection sets in), home care may prevent the need for further treatment
•Soak the foot in warm water 3-4 times daily.
•Keep the foot dry during the rest of the day.
•Wear comfortable shoes with adequate room for the toes. Consider wearing sandals until the condition clears up.
•You may take ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain relief.
•If there is no improvement in 2-3 days, or if the condition worsens, call your doctor.
You may need to gently lift the edge of the ingrown toenail from its embedded position and insert some cotton or waxed dental floss between the nail and your skin. Change this packing every day.
If the condition persists, call the office for an appointment.
Potty training is a big step for kids and parents. How do you know when is the right time to begin potty training? Potty-training success is based on physical and emotional readiness, not a specific age. Many kids show interest in potty training by age 2, but others might not be ready until age 2 1/2 or even older — and there's no rush. If you start potty training too early, it might take longer to train your child.
Is your child ready? Ask yourself these questions:
- Does your child seem interested in the potty chair or toilet, or in wearing underwear?
- Can your child understand and follow basic directions?
- Does your child tell you through words, facial expressions or posture when he or she needs to go?
- Does your child stay dry for periods of two hours or longer during the day?
- Does your child complain about wet or dirty diapers?
- Can your child pull down his or her pants and pull them up again?
- Can your child sit on and rise from a potty chair?
If you answered yes to most of these questions, your child may be ready to give it a try.
- Place a potty chair in the bathroom. Encourage your child to sit on the potty chair — with or without a diaper. You might dump the contents of a dirty diaper into the potty chair to show its purpose, or let your child see family members using the toilet.
- Schedule potty breaks often. If your child is interested, have him or her sit on the potty chair or toilet without a diaper for a few minutes several times a day. For boys, it's often best to master urination sitting down, and then move to standing up after bowel training is complete. Read a potty-training book or give your child a special toy to use while sitting on the potty chair or toilet. Stay with your child when he or she is in the bathroom. Even if your child simply sits there, offer praise for trying — and remind your child that he or she can try again later.
- When you notice signs that your child might need to use the toilet — such as squirming, squatting or holding the genital area — respond quickly. Help your child become familiar with these signals, stop what he or she is doing and head to the toilet. Praise your child for telling you when he or she has to go. When it's time to flush, let your child do the honors.
- Always be positive. Kids respond to positive reinforcement. Consider stickers or stars on a chart, trips to the park or extra bedtime stories as rewards for using the potty. Reinforce your child's effort with verbal praise, such as, "How exciting! You're learning to use the toilet just like big kids do!" Be positive even if a trip to the toilet isn't successful.
- After several weeks of successful potty breaks, your child might be ready to trade diapers for training pants or regular underwear. Celebrate this transition. Go on a special outing. Let your child select "big kid" underwear. Make sure that you dress your child in clothes that are easy to pull up and down while potty training.
- Nap and nighttime training might take months — or years — longer. In the meantime, use disposable training pants or plastic mattress covers when your child sleeps.
Many parents ask questions about dental care for their children. Here is some info that may help answer some of your questions.
- Caring for your child’s teeth is an important part of healthcare. Even babies can get cavities. Make sure that you do not put your baby to bed with a bottle.
- You should begin cleaning your baby’s teeth as soon as they erupt. You can brush them with a soft child's toothbrush or rub them with a soft cloth at the end of the day.
- A child’s first dental visit should be scheduled around his/her first birthday. The most important part of the visit is getting to know and becoming comfortable with a doctor and his staff. Such visits can help in the early detection of potential problems, and help kids become accustomed to visiting the dentist so they'll have less fear about going as they grow older
- Consider taking your child to a dentist who specializes in treating kids. Pediatric dentists are trained to handle the wide range of issues associated with kids' dental health. They are also specially trained to deal with children and their fears.
- Unless being used at mealtime, the sippy cup should only be filled with water. Frequent drinking of any other liquid, even if diluted, from a bottle or no-spill training cup should be avoided.
- Toothpaste: when should we begin using it and how much should we use? The sooner the better! Use a "smear" of toothpaste to brush the teeth of a child less than 2 years of age.
- Are thumbsucking and pacifier habits harmful for a child's teeth? Thumb and pacifier sucking habits will generally only become a problem if they go on for a very long period of time. Most children stop these habits on their own, but if they are still sucking their thumbs or fingers past the age of three, talk to your pediatric dentist.
- For the 2-5 year old, dispense a "pea-size" amount of toothpaste and perform or assist your child’s toothbrushing. Remember that young children do not have the ability to brush their teeth effectively. Children should spit out and not swallow excess toothpaste after brushing.
- As children get older, it is important to floss teeth daily and brush teeth twice a day. Parents should brush their children’s teeth until about age 8yr. After 8, parents should still supervise brushing and flossing.
- Limit sugary drinks, soft drinks, and foods from your child’s diet as these can coat the teeth and increase the risk of cavities.
- What should I do if my child falls and knocks out a permanent tooth? The most important thing to do is to remain calm. Then find the tooth. Hold it by the crown rather than the root and try to reinsert it in the socket. If that is not possible, put the tooth in a glass of milk and take your child and the glass immediately to the pediatric dentist.
- Mouthguards should be worn during contact sports. You can purchase them at sporting goods retailers or you can ask your pediatric dentist or orthodontist.
- Are teeth whitening strips ok for kids to use? The American Academy of Pediatric Dentristy does not recommend teeth whitening strips or trays until kids have all of their permanent teeth. Always check with your pediatric dentist before using whitening strips or trays. Stained teeth may be a sign of poor diet or in rare cases, illness.
Please check with your dental provider for patient specific info.
Info obtained from www.aapd.org
Is it a cold or allergies?
Colds are caused by hundreds of different viruses. When one of these viruses gets into your body, your immune system attacks. Some of the effects of this immune response are the classic symptoms of a cold, such as congestion and coughing. The germs that cause colds are contagious. You can pick them up when an infected person sneezes, coughs, or you touch the germs with your hands. Colds can last 10-14 days and do not respond to antibiotics.
Allergies are caused by an overactive immune system. For some reason, your body mistakes harmless substances -- such as mold or pollen -- for germs and attacks them. Your body releases chemicals such as histamine, just as it does when fighting a cold. This can cause swelling in your nasal passages, a runny nose, coughing, and sneezing. Allergies are not contagious, although some people may inherit a tendency to develop them.
Days to months -- as long as you are exposed to the allergen
Time of year
Most often in the winter, but possible at any time
Any time of the year -- although the appearance of some allergens are seasonal
Onset of Symptoms
Symptoms take a few days to appear after infection with the virus.
Symptoms can begin immediately after exposure to the allergen
Itchy, Watery eyes
Runny or Stuffy Nose
Often; usually yellow mucus
Often; usually clear mucus