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Facts about deciduous (primary or baby ) teeth

Some facts about deciduous primary or baby teeth

  • Its important to take care of your child’s deciduous teeth also known as primary teeth. These teeth hold the space for the future eruption  of the permanent teeth.
  • If a baby tooth decays or comes out early,  the space necessary for the permanent teeth will be lost . It can only be regained by orthodontic treatment.
  • Baby teeth that is infected can result in improper development of the permanent teeth  and result in stains, pits and weaker teeth.
  • The development of primary teeth is an important part of speech development.
  • Primary teeth is important for properly chewing food  and promoting healthy nutrition.
  • Most children begin to lose their  baby teeth around the age of  5 or 6. Its usually the front teeth first. They continue to lose the baby teeth  until the age of 12 or 13 when all the permanent teeth come through except for the third molars. The molars begin to appear around age 17 to 21 years.
  • Primary teeth are smaller in size and whiter than the permanent teeth that will follow.
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    Hints for feeding your baby

    Helpful hints for feeding your baby

  • Breastmilk is the best source of nutrition for your baby. It is beneficial  even if you nurse for a short amount of time or part time.
  • You should wait till breastfeeding is well established which is usually about 3 to 4 weeks of age before introducing the bottle unless otherwise instructed by your doctor.
  • Woking mothers can pump  breastmilk during break time and refrigerate the milk for later use. Refrigerated milk should be used within 24 hours.  However frozen milk is good for several months.
  • If you need to formula feed, offer cow’s milk  based formula with iron .
  • Keep your baby on breast or formula until he or she is 1 year old. After this time , you may switch to whole milk. Children  under the age of 2 should not  drink skim or low-fat milk.
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    Causes of Bleeding Gum in Children

    Bleeding gum can be a sign that you have or are at risk  of gum disease. However ongoing gum bleeding could be as a result of serious medical conditions such as leukemia or platelets and bleeding disorders.

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    What are the causes of bleeding disorders ?

    The main cause of bleeding is a build up of plaque at the gum line. This will lead to a condition known as  gingivitis or inflamed gum. Plaque that is not removed will harden into tartar. This will lead to increased bleeding  and more advanced  gum and jawbone disease known as periodontitis . read more

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    How You Can Prevent Child Abuse

    Child abuse can happen in any family and neighborhood. Studies show that child abuse crosses all boundaries of income, race, ethnic heritage and religious faith. The incidence is however higher in the following category of people.

  • Families in which parents are in their mid 20’s.
  • Families who are below the poverty level or who are financially stressed.
  • Families who are stressed out because of a job or home.
  • Families with a history of intergenerational abuse, alcohol, substance abuse , depression and spouse abuse.
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    Small for Gestational Age SGA : Know the causes

    Small for gestational age is used to refer to a baby who is smaller than the usual size  for the number of weeks of pregnancy. These babies usually have the birth weights below the 10th percentile for babies of the same gestational  age. They may appear physically and neurologically mature  but are smaller than other babies of the same gestational age. SGA babies may be proportionately small (equally small all over) or they may be of normal length and size but have lower weight and body mass. This condition can occur in babies who are premature, full term or post term. read more

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    Fetal Blood Sampling

    Fetal blood sampling is  a procedure  to remove a small amount of  blood from the fetus during  pregnancy. In the past, this procedure was used only during labor through the mother’s open cervix to test blood from the fetal scalp for oxygenation. The procedure is usually done by specialized trained  perinatologist, a doctor who specializes in the care of the fetus in high risk pregnancies. It is done as part of diagnosing fetal problems  at various times of pregnancy.

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    It can be done in the following situations : read more

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