“Babies love to suck,” says Dr. Natasha Saunders, co-author of The A to Z of Children’s Health by The Hospital for Sick Children. It’s estimated that up to 84 per cent of North American babies will use a pacifier during the first year of life. Sucking is a natural reflex that helps babies soothe themselves, and it provides a calming effect in those early months of life. “Every child is different and some babies will be able to self soothe without sucking on something, but for others a soother can be a huge help,” says Saunders.
You shouldn’t overlook the importance of your child’s baby teeth just because she’ll eventually get a new set. “Baby teeth are crucial space maintainers that ensure adult teeth will grow in properly,” says Dr. Tarra Elliot. They also help your child speak clearly, eat well and help with the growth of the jawbone and surrounding muscles. Here’s how to take care of your child’s teeth, setting her up for a lifetime of good oral health.
Amber teething necklaces are deemed as the new cure all for teething pain. Do they really live up to their hype or is it just a fad?
Teething has been blamed for a myriad of symptoms including drooling, diarrhea, facial rashes, fever, congestion, sleep problems, and irritability. However teething is not necessarily the culprit behind all or any of these problems.
Your baby wants to put everything in her mouth – so she must be teething. Not necessarily, says Dr. Alan Greene, author of Raising Baby Green. Here’s how to tell if a visit from the tooth fairy is imminent, or if something else is to blame:
Babies should start brushing their teeth as soon as they show through. Now imagine you're a baby and are experienceing toothbrushing for the first time. It can be intimidating to have anyone – even a parent – stick a foreign object in your mouth and move it around. If your baby is resistant to toothbrushing, don't worry. There are countless ways you can make toothbrushing fun for your child. Here's How:
Biting is normal in young kids and doesn’t mean your child will grow up to have behavioral problems, says Jennifer Kolari, author of Connected Parenting. Here’s what to do if your baby is a biter.