Cleaning your baby’s teeth wasn’t such a big priority — after all, there weren’t many to worry about. But since the second and third years are busy times in terms of your tot’s tooth development, get ready to step up the toddler dental care. First, give your cutie plenty of good-for-you foods and beverages to keep those tiny teeth healthy and strong. Then get your child into an oral hygiene routine by following these steps:
Brush twice a day. Baby teeth are vulnerable to decay as soon as they break through the gums. The best line of defense? Brush regularly — and optimally, for two minutes at a time — in the morning after breakfast and in the evening after bedtime snack. Be prepared to be the brusher-in-chief — your toddler won’t have the motor skills to go solo until he’s between five and eight. But teach your toddler to brush and try tooth-brushing games to make cleaning teeth a whole lot more fun.
Get the right brush. Buy a colorful brush with his favorite character — maybe he can even choose it himself. Does two minutes seem like forever to your wee wiggler? Sing a song, tell a story, or ask a nightly riddle as you brush — anything to distract and make the time pass more quickly. Or buy a toothbrush that lights up, plays music, or makes a noise after the job’s done. Whatever type of toothbrush you use, replace it every three to four months.
Get the right toothpaste and mouthwash. Stick to water only or fluoride-free training toothpaste until your child can be trusted not to swallow it (that’s probably not before he turns two). After that, he can start using a pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste. When he’s around two, you can show him how to rinse post-brushing, and he’ll probably be a fast — and most enthusiastic — student when it comes to spitting. You can also use a fluoride-free mouthwash if the dentist or pediatrician gives you the go-ahead.
Get the right technique. Work on one tooth at a time, and use a gentle back-and-forth motion across the chewing and inner surfaces, then switch to a circular motion along the sides, holding the brush at a 45-degree angle. On areas that don’t have teeth yet, lightly brush the gums, and don’t forget the tongue — a popular hangout for bacteria.
The rains are here to stay for a while and so is the mood for hot, spicy snacks. Street food like pani-puri, bhel-puri and sandwiches may tempt you, but these are foods that you simply must stay away from in the monsoons.
Say No to Street Food
This is because monsoon is the time for germs and bacteria which thrive in the unhygienic roadside eateries. As a rule you should avoid eating raw foods during the rains, refrigerate leftovers immediately, wash the vegetables used to make salads thoroughly and clean leafy vegetables with care. Above all, try to keep eating out during the monsoons at an absolute minimal.
Instead enjoy roasted corn, homemade Pakoras or drink hot soups.
Roasted Corn is especially delicious when you add spices to the ear of corn after roasting it. The spices liven up the flavors and add an interesting spin on basic roasted corn. Nothing can beat hot cup of soup with crispy pakoras during rainy days 🙂
Let’s play yourself safe with following tips:
- Keep yourself hydrated
- Have a balanced diet
- Eat clean, fresh food
- Keep monsoon ailments at bay
- Avoid puddles
- Exercise and rest during monsoon
- Loose, cotton clothes are the best during monsoon.
- It is advisable to avoid jeans as they do not dry quickly.
- Wash all fruits and vegetables thoroughly, particularly leafy vegetables and cauliflower
“Keep your self and your loved ones healthy..”
“Mummy, let me do it!” If this one’s at the top of your child’s list of favourite phrases, you’re in good company. Toddlers and preschoolers often want to do everything themselves: turn on your computer, answer the phone, feed the dog, pick out their outfits… But when it comes to personal hygiene,you still need to be heavily involved in her cleanliness to be sure she gets the job done right.
Raising awareness about hand washing to help reduce the spread of germs is extremely important. The sooner children get into the habit of washing their hands regularly, the better.
It is widely known, 80% of infectious diseases are spread through touch. That’s why Hand-Washing is the best way for kids to keep healthy.
1 .Help your child develop a good hand-washing habit.
Help him understand that bacteria are invisible, so even though our hands don’t look dirty, they are dirty. You can play some videos or use a microscope to show to them.
2 . Wash well and frequently
Soap up back of hands, wrists and fingers and under nails for at least 20 seconds. Soap helps to remove germs but cannot kill the germs.
3. Supervise to form a good habit
Stand over little ones as often as you can until they learn to wash their hands properly.
Tell your child when to wash his/her hands–
- Before touching any food or eating
- After using the bathroom
- After handling animals or animal wastes
Teach them-How to wash hands properly-
- Wet your hands with clean water
- Apply soap
- Rub your hands together vigorously and scrub all surfaces
- Scrub for 20 seconds (sing Happy Birthday twice)
- Rinse with clean water
- Dry hands briskly