How to keep cool when baby won’t stop crying

It is important for babies to cry. It serves very useful purposes such as

  • a way to call for help when he is hungry
  • it helps him shut out sights, sounds and other sensation that are too intense to suit him
  • helps baby release tension

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This can however be very frustrating for parents. However it is important to keep cool and not lose your temper which may result in something fatal.

Ways to cool down and soothe a crying baby

It is important to make sure that you have attended to the baby’s basic needs such as

  • changing diapers
  • feeding baby
  • making sure room temperature is comfortable
  • making sure baby is not too hot or too cold
  • making  sure they are not sick or injured in any way

If you have done all these things and the baby still wont stop crying, you can try to soothe the baby by doing the following

  • swaddle baby
  • use whitish noise
  • keep the noise level down

These tips may or may not work . If these tips don’t work and you are feeling frustrated , you know baby is not sick or there is nothing wrong with the baby, you can do the following :

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Dental fluorosis

Dental fluorosis is a change in the appearance of the tooth’s enamel surface. The most common ones do not affect the function of the tooth and don’t cause pain.

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Mild forms appear as white , lacing markings on the tooth’s enamel and are difficult to see with the untrained eye. The moderate once are the same in appearance as the white just that they cover more teeth.

In rare cases, dental fluorosis may be severe, in which case, the enamel  may have pitting and brown spots.

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You don’t need to add salt to your child’s food

Salt in your child’s food

Table salt is made up of sodium and chloride. These are 2 chemicals that are essential for health but only in small amounts.  Sodium and chloride occur naturally in several foods so it is not necessary to add them to prepared foods.

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Americans on the average eat about 1 to 3 teaspoons of salt per day. This adds up to about 2300mg to 6900mg of salt. However the average requirement of salt it much less. It ranges from about 1200mg for children between the ages of 4 to 8 years old and 1500mg  for 9 to 18 year olds. This amount is about half a teaspoon per day.

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Why kids need fiber

Fiber is a very important nutrient but most kids are not getting enough of it. Parents try to feed their kids healthy food but sometimes they need a little help when it comes to food that contains fiber.

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How much fiber do children need ?

There are different fiber recommendation based on energy needed, age or weight.

  • If your children are eating at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily along with other foods that are good sources of fiber, then there is no need to count the fiber
  • you can keep track of how much fiber your child needs by adding 5 to the child’s  age. A 5 year old will need 10 grams of fiber daily.  Note that the daily recommended fiber for adults is 25 grams so you can use that as a general guideline for children

Why is fiber essential ?

Fiber makes us full and move things along the digestive tract.  Food which are a good fiber  sources  may help prevent constipation. These foods are also a good source of nutrients and vitamins that may help reduce the risk of heart disease, certain types of cancer and obesity.

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Signs of stress in children

Stress is part of growing up. However you need to intervene when you realize that stress is affecting your child’s physical and psychological wellbeing.

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Cues that may indicate that stress is having a negative impact on your child

  • the child seems restless, tired or agitated
  • she develops physical symptoms such as headaches and stomach pains
  • she looks depressed and is not expressing how she is feeling
  • the child’s school grades begin to fall and has less interest in attending classes and doing homework
  • she shows lack of interest in her activities
  • she exhibits bad behaviors such as stealing, lying , forgets or refuses to do her chores and becomes more dependent on you

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Know the 4 B’s of bedtime

The 4B’s of bedtime

The 4 B’s of bedtime have been proven to be  one of the most effective routines for bedtime success for both babies and older children .

B's of bedtime

  • Bathing : A relaxing, soothing bath before bedtime can calm  children and let them know its time for sleep.
  • Brushing teeth : It is a good habit of having a toothbrush be the last thing in your child’s  mouth at night other than perhaps a pacifier during the first year of life. This is a good habit for healthier teeth
  • Books : Reading the child’s favorite book every night can help the child relax. The book can serve as a cue that its time to cuddle and go to bed
  • Bedtime : After a soothing bedtime routine, it is important to let children fall asleep on their own.  It may be challenging at first but eventually the child will learn to fall asleep independently.

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Is it okay to use tooth whitening products in children ?

Tooth whitening products in children

Adult teeth are not as white as baby teeth. This is because the top layer which is the enamel of baby teeth is thinner and whiter than that of adult teeth. There are numerous tooth whitening products in the market. The question is if it is okay to use in children.

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Pediatric dentists  usually do not recommend whitening your child’s adult teeth until all the baby teeth have fallen out. You can hold off decisions about bleaching your child’s teeth until the child is  about 14 years old. Around this time,  all the baby teeth would have fallen out and the adult teeth will have fully erupted.

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Daytime Wetting (Diurnal Enuresis) : When to call the doctor

Daytime wetting is less common than night time wetting. This is more likely than  night time wetting to develop after  child has had bladder control for more than 6 months to a year.

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Causes of daytime wetting

Daytime wetting is usually related to a medical condition such as infection or defect of the urinary tract or emotional stress. Treating the underlying condition usually resolves the problem. However it could also be part of normal development with no medical cause.

If daytime wetting occurs after a child has had consistent bladder control , it could possibly be due to stress such as the birth of a new siblings. It usually stops after the stress is addressed.

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Choosing the best school for your child

Choosing a school for your child is an important decision. Families have different values when it comes to choosing schools. Some parents may be wondering whether to engage in traditional schooling or home school. Others may be wondering which route to go in terms of public, charter or private school. Whatever the case, be certain factors such a financial situation as well distance from school may play a role. Parents should play a key role in their children’s education. Here some points you should consider.

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Reasons why children become fussy or irritable

Even though  children cannot express themselves, they let you know when something is wrong by being fussy or irritable.

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What some of the causes of a child being fussy or irritable

It is common for children to fuss . Some of the reasons why they do that include the following :

  • hunger
  • lack of sleep
  • being frustrated
  • being too hot or too cold
  • fighting with a sibling

Stress, anger or sadness in the home can also result in children being fussy. Young children are sensitive to stress at home and mood of parents and caregivers.

Some common illness can cause children to become irritable. These include  the following :

Children can also become irritable due to serious problems such as the following :

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