January is National Children’s Dental Month, and unfortunately, I have seen in my office a number of children who are not taking care of their teeth.
In some cases, families can’t afford to provide their children with proper dental care, but there are steps parents can follow to prompt their children to take care of their teeth.
Why would a physician be concerned about children’s oral hygiene?
Starting with Halloween, it can sometimes feel as if parents are struggling against overwhelming forces in order to keep children eating healthy. We move straight from the pumpkin buckets overflowing with candy, into Thanksgiving with the dining tables overflowing with turkey, trimmings and pie. From there, it can be an endless parade of holiday parties filled with cookies and rich foods. Add traveling and extended family into the mix, with well-meaning relatives who encourage a little overindulging here and there, it can be easy to simply give in and go with the flow.
School is back and if you are a parent, you have already seen new books, art projects and friends.
Unfortunately, children may bring something home that you don’t want to see: head lice.
Head lice are tiny parasitic insects that feed on human blood. Their eggs, called “nits,” are attached to individual human hairs.
Closely inspecting your child’s scalp is the only way to know if he or she has head lice. If crawling lice are not seen, finding nits attached firmly within a quarter-inch of the base of hair shafts suggests, but does not confirm, the person is infested. If no live lice are seen, and the only nits found are more than a quarter-inch from the scalp, then the egg shells are probably old and no longer alive — and your child does not need to be treated.
Now that the warmer weather is finally here, chances are there will be a few thunderstorms rolling our way. While some kids may enjoy the spectacle of the storms, for others it can be a very frightening experience.
Thunderstorms tap into nearly all of our sensory systems – sight, smell, sound, even touch. From the bright flash of lightning, loud clap of thunder, pounding rain, and gusts of wind, to the flashing lights and blaring sirens – it can be overwhelming for kids. What’s more, seeing your parents anxious and nervous about bad weather can evoke fear in many kids even more than fear of the storm itself, so it’s important to remain calm to help your child feel safe and protected.
Summer is almost here, and with it comes the break from the usually hectic pace of juggling school, practices, work, appointments, lessons and more. But trying to figure out how to keep kids entertained and engaged can be a challenge in itself.
Throughout the next few months we’ll be featuring weekly posts with information and resources to help families stay active, healthy and (we hope) stress-free all summer long. And, for added incentive, at the end of each post we’ll include an opportunity to win a prize just for answering our question.
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