Baby mouth


     Immediately, a baby is born he/she should be exposed to breast feeding because it is the best nutrient for the baby at that time. It also provides the baby with the first exercise for the proper development of the jaws .

       Breast.feeding also reduces the attack of diarrhea a killer disease of children less than 5 years in a developing country like Nigeria, Kenya, tanzania and some part of Asia continent. Also strengthen baby humune system.
This is a very important aspect that baby need all the nutrient and his lifr depend on breast feeding.It his often recommended to give baby breast feeding exclusively.
     However, various methods have been analyzed pertaining to other method apart from breast milk and it works out fyn too.

     To clean the baby's mouth, cotton wool, normal saline  and a drop of glycerin or salt should be used to swab the gum of the baby. At this stage, the baby regarded as an infant. 

        Infants who fall asleep drinking from a bottle have a greater chance of tooth decay (hole on the tooth) also called bottle feeding caries. Children under the age of 2 should not use fluoridated toothpaste. Prolonged thumb sucking can cause deformation to the teeth, jaws or both to prevent this you can check my article on bad oral habit here. It is good for parents to take their children to dental clinic when the first tooth comes in, usually between 6 to 12 months of age. The earlier dental clinic visit, the better the chance of preventing teeth problems like baby bottle tooth decay. Research studies have shown that children, whose teeth are healthy chew food easily, learn to speak clearly and smile with confidence. 

     Parent can prevent tooth decay in the baby's mouth by encouraging the child to drink from a bottle in his/her Mouth. The child should be weaned from bottle feeding at 12 to 14 months of age. At nighttime, breast feeding should also be avoided 
after the first baby teeth begin to erupt. 

     Again, thumb or finger sucking is perfectly normal for infants;most of them stop by age of 2. IF the child does not stop, then discourage the child from it because it will be more harmful than good. 

      ln children, an early oral healthcare starts during pregnancy where food taken by the mother affects the baby's health. Thus mothers have important role to play in maintaining the child's oral health by having control of what they eat and drink. 
Eating balanced and nourishing diet during 
pregnancy and childhood age is recommended for every pregnant and nursing mother. Avoid taking unprescribed drugs during pregnancy. It is known that tetracycline drugs taken during pregnancy and early child developmental stage cause a brown intrinsic stain on the teeth. Avoid unnecessary radiation (X-ray) exposure during pregnancy and early childhood age. Cleaning and massaging of baby's gum with a gauze or cotton wool after each feedings. Start brushing the child's teeth when the 
first teeth erupt with a soft child-sized toothbrush and a small amount of tooth paste twice a day. Prevent the baby fall asleep with a bottle containing milk formula, fruits juice or sweetened liquid, 
instead water should be given as a substitute. Taking in water containing optimum fluoride content. This 
strengthens the enamel of the teeth. 




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