Archive: July 2011
Adults often have unrealistic ideas on how much and the types of food their child should be eating. A child’s appetite changes as they develop. Babies grow very rapidly and therefore often eat well. It is surprising to parents that toddlers seem to eat very little food. This is because they grow at a much slower rate than babies and therefore need fewer kilojoules (a source of energy found in food).Read more
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What’s the best way to brush my child’s teeth?
While your child’s early teeth are still coming in, you can clean them with a wet washcloth or a piece of gauze. By the time his back molars have come in (around 18 months), you can switch to a soft nylon-bristle child’s toothbrush. Using plain water, gently brush the teeth on both the outside and inside surfaces twice a day. Brush his tongue as well (if he’ll let you) to dislodge the bacteria that can cause bad breath. Replace the toothbrush as soon as the bristles start to look worn or splayed out.Read more