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Our daughter displayed many of the same behaviors your cite and we had to resort to having one parent hold her while the other brushed her teeth properly. What we found helpful, though, was to have the parent brushing the teeth to say the vowels aloud - Aaaaaa, Eeeeeeeeee, Iiiiiiiiiii, Ooooooooooo, Uuuuuuuuuuu, and sometimes Yyyyyyyyyyyyyy - and to encourage ...


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It depends on why they are taking so much time in the bathroom. It could be that they are just enjoying the shower. Or they could be practicing different looks in front of the mirror. Or they could be enjoying the privacy of the bathroom - most teenagers don't have anywhere else that provides complete privacy with a locked door. Make sure they have those ...


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They have to have the physically and mental capacity to continually brush all of their teeth for about 3 minutes (a number I've been told is good by many dentists). If he's not able to get all the teeth, front and back, then what we have done with our kids is to set a timer for 1-2 minutes and let them brush, then have a parent brush for 1-2 minutes. One ...


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Sometimes some strange trick will work. Our son started to accept his teeth being brushed when he got to hold a hand mirror and watch it from there. He sometimes still asks for the mirror though he's mostly forgotten about it, but lets brush her teeth normally.


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It is probably just vernix: Vernix is a greasy white substance that coats and protects baby’s skin in the mother’s uterus. Some babies are born with lots of vernix still on their skin. It is harmless and can be washed or wiped off. Losing vernix may cause the skin to peel during the first week of life. This is normal and will go away on its own. ...


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We played dentist with our kids. First I would welcome them like my dentist does, "Hello Mr. G! My name is Dr. G. and I'll be your dentist today. Is there anything I need to know before we begin?" I was surprised at how often my kids had canker sores that I wouldn't have known about otherwise. Then they would lie down in my lap (sometimes this was easier ...


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Can this be baby acne? If it is, it has nothing to do with the number of times you bathe your child. The rule of thumb torbengb mentions, to wash it once a week, is ok, altough I would bathe it more than that, but that's probably more because of social pressure and not for health reasons. We washed our baby regularly with a washcloth with lukewarm water ...


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You can't .. don't bother trying. I certainly would not delay bringing up concerns in order to spare the feelings of the staff. Who cares if they like you, and if they are nasty to your child you need a new provider anyway. My advice ... 1/ Be courteous and respectful. In fact be overly so. 2/ Focus on the future, not the past. Don't say "I was ...


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You should check for feces between the labia and wipe any globules away as needed. Infections can and will arise if stuff is allowed to sit there. You can gently spread the labia to get a good look and make sure there isn't anything "hiding" in a fold. Soaps and other kinds of cleansers can also create problems so use a moistened cotton ball or swab ...


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As you mentioned, it is the temperature change. What may work for you is this: Immediately prior to the bath, get a warm washcloth. Open his diaper, and clean his diaper area with the washcloth. Be careful with this! If it works, he may start to urinate while you are cleaning him, so you must be ready to quickly put the diaper back into place! ...


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My nine year old boy constantly had soap in his hair after showering, despite being in there long enough to rinse Chewbacca (of Star Wars fame) thoroughly. We installed a hand held shower head (so he could get it right up close to his head,) and it solved the problem. This might work for you too, since your daughter will be able have enough control to rinse ...


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I do a body block by leaning across the baby's belly (without any weight being put on the baby) until I've got things cleaned up, up front. It also prevents the child rolling over and escaping the area where I am doing the changing. I can then move to a better angle for being certain I've got the back end fully cleaned up while knowing that at least the ...


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Teeth require brushing. If there are any teeth at all, they need to be brushed. Brushing early on helps get the habit in place - there's no reason to wait with that. Even better, by beginning this early, there's less "risk" from those days where you give up for various reasons.


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You're essentially asking for medical advice online. Use common sense and be critical of what you read. Always follow your pediatrician's advice rather than what you read online. If you feel you're not confident with his advice, ask another pediatrician. Having said that, here's what we were told (in 2009): The stump will dry out and fall off within a ...


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We started this as soon as he had a few teeth (round about 12 months in our sons case) and found it easier to make it fun, Essentially one of either my wife and I clean our teeth with him, we clean his teeth then let him hold the brush and "attempt" to clean his own too (he hasn't quite got the hang of this bit at 16 months :) ) Once done we ask him to let ...


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Our Kindergarten, in Northeast US, required potty training to be complete - so the kids can go and take care of themselves. Kindergarten here begins at 5 years, in my area, so I would expect most kids be capale of doing this by themselves. In our DayCare when my son was 4 years he was expected to know most of this, and did pretty well with it, we did put ...


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Some studies (news article, another article, actual study) have shown that mice fecal matter could contribute to asthma, or otherwise cause allergies in young children. In a study of eight cities, a team from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, US, checked the contents of dust samples from the homes of children with asthma. The team found ...


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Both of ours went through a stage like this (in fact number two is still going through it). Lighten up - if you don't get a perfect brush in EVERY day, nothing bad is going to happen Make sure it really is about the teeth and not power struggles Try a mixed approach - if one idea works for you, great, but have a whole load of others ready! Making a game ...


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A few other ideas: Interesting toothbrush and other gear: we've tried half a dozen, and the electric one works the best. I think you have to be extra gentle though to make sure it doesn't hurt. I like user339's advice about trying a mouth mirror. Go shopping with your toddler to pick out his equipment. Build on what he does understand: my mom taught my ...


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We use Seventh Generation products and their Natural Baby Laundry Detergent. It is not tested on animals. There was a consumer who was worried that their products are tested on animals, not by the company, but by a 3rd party (see link). However, Seventh Generation responded by saying that they use existing test data which was received when they licensed ...


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Yes, this is normal and yes, in large part it will take care of itself (but you might even revisit it again when he is between ten and 13 during the pre-adolescent stage too. To improve the situation, keep doing what you are doing. Also, NEVER flush for him (unless he is going to be gone for a few more hours). If you go in to use the bathroom yourself and ...


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Toddlers eat dirt and survive, sure. But infants haven't built up a solid immune system to deal with random dirt, so avoiding unnecessary exposure would be wise. I'm sorry but I would agree with your wife. The problem is that a kitchen cloth is actually often not very clean because it's often not rinsed well between uses and isn't replaced often enough. ...


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Not entirely on topic but still relevant. My wife contracted Toxoplasmosis while she was pregnant with our 3rd child. It all ended well but it was one heck of a cliffhanger and could easily have resulted in our daughter being severely handicapped or dead. We have no idea how my wife contracted it. So a few pointers may be helpful for others: Get yourself ...


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There are two most likely scenarios here: Your child may have oral-sensory issues. I mention this possibility first not because it's more likely (it's not) than the latter, but because you want to be at least reasonably sure that it is not the case before you push the issue. Children with moderate-to-severe oral sensory issues tend (in my experience) to ...


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In addition to @Balanced Mama's answer, you can also start a conversation: "I notice you often forget to flush the toilet. It really bugs me because it's gross when I have to use the bathroom. So this is not working for me. What would help you remember?" Have him brainstorm. Maybe he wants to make a 'remember to flush' sign for example. FYI, "the softer ...


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I've been in that boy's situation before, although perhaps to a smaller degree. Anti-perspirant gives me an unbearable burning rash, and deodorant is bearable, but barely. In high school, it wasn't quite that bad, but still uncomfortable. Either my skin has gotten worse or it's all the extra extra extra strength ingredients they use nowadays. What you ...


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Mary Jo mentions a common skin condition. That's probably a good guess and you can easily see the scales on the head. If there are no scales, then perhaps it's just that famous baby smell. I never knew what "baby smell" smelled like before I had a child, but now I know it. It's a very nice smell. Savor it; it will be gone soon. If it's baby smell, then ...


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Monica Cellio's answer already mentions recommendations if you own a cat and most of all that you're much more likely to contract toxoplasmosis through undercooked meat (most of the contamination cases) and gardening — you may add insufficiently washed legums and fruits. There are much more informations on the CDC website. I feel it's also important to ...


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The thing that in my experience helps the most is letting the child brush your teeth while you brush theirs. It makes brushing fun for the kid - might not be as fun for you as you try to cope, but a) it gives the child an active role instead of just standing around with open mouth; b) it shows trust; c) it makes the time pass more quickly for the child; d) ...



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