The Natural Way
The Natural Way
Baby’s Oral health care
When a baby is born, the first set of teeth are already there, just under the gums. The arrival of a baby’s first tooth is always an exciting time! The front teeth usually begin to come through the gums between six and twelve months. Over the next 2 years the remaining baby teeth will appear. By the time a child is 3 years old all 20 baby teeth will have arrived. These teeth are very important for eating, talking and smiling. They also keep spaces for the adult teeth.
No honey Diet and a Baby’s Dental Health Babies are not born with a sweet tooth. Babies will enjoy home-made baby foods without sugar. If youíre buying baby foods, look out for the ones without sugar. You donít have to buy special juices either. Babies will enjoy ordinary fruit juice. For very young babies you should dilute juice with plenty of cooled boiled water.
Sugar and sugary foods can be a toothís worst enemy. For good dental health cut down on how often a baby eats sugary foods and drink. Give them as part of a meal instead of between meals if you can. Having sugary foods and drinks too often puts the teeth at risk of tooth decay. This is especially important once the baby teeth start to appear (around 6 months).
The best way of caring for a baby’s teeth is to give food that helps a baby grow and develop.
Baby bottle Feeding
It is important not to give sweet drinks in a bottle. This can be harmful once a babyís teeth start appearing. Try not to let the baby develop the habit of sleeping with a bottle at night or at nap time. Infants and toddlers should not be put to bed with a feeding bottle or dinky feeder. Babyís bottle should be used for feeding ñ not as a dummy.
A baby will be able to use a cup at 6 months, and they can be weaned off a bottle by 12 months. Give baby plenty of cooled boiled water to drink and about 1 pint of milk each day (breast or formulated milk up to one year and cows milk after that).
Baby chewing ring.
Some babies get sore gums when they are teething. Babies can get restless or irritable, and they might start sleeping or feeding badly. Sometimes this may lead to problems digesting food or to loose stools. Teething doesnít make a baby really sick, though, so any sick child should be seen by a doctor – donít pass it off as just teething!
If baby’s gums seem sore or baby seems cranky and dribbles a lot, there are some things that you can do to help.
Try giving baby something to chew on. There is a good selection of teething rings on the market – but make sure they are made of soft material and are big enough so that there is no danger of choking. Some parents/carers find that teething rings containing fluid which can be cooled in the fridge are best. Milk, cooled boiled water, or very diluted sugar-free fruit juices may help – sweet drinks do not. If baby wakes at night and is irritable, you can use a mild pain reliever – preferably sugar-free. Ask your doctor or public health nurse to recommend one. Avoid ointments which numb the gum unless your dentist recommends them.
Not all children need soothers or pacifiers. If you feel the baby needs a pacifier it is important to make sure it is of the correct design. An Orthodontic type one is the most suitable. Only use it when absolutely necessary and wean the baby off it as soon as possible. Otherwise it may have long term ill effects on the way a babyís teeth grow. Never dip the soother into sugary liquid (honey, jams or syrupy medicines) to encourage the child to use it.
Finding the right toothpaste for babies and toddlers is tough! Store shelves are lined with sparkly blue toothpaste filled with dye, chemicals, and unfamiliar colors. Most toothpastes simply arenít the safest option for babies and kids.
Jack ‘n’ Jill have a great range of kids toothpastes that are free from fluoride, SLS, artificial flavours, colours and preservatives. They are all natural as well and made with ingredients that are safe for little mouths and tummies. There are three delicious flavours available that are certified organic (strawberry, blueberry and banana) and one that is flavour free! They’re formulated to work on sensitive gums and come in delicious flavours that even the fussiest kids will love!