Child Friendly Dental Supplies

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By Jeniffer Page and Orien Dental

brushteethWith so many dentistry supplies on the market, it can be difficult to determine what is suitable to give children whose teeth might still be developing. As we have seen in the media, not every product marketed towards children has the child’s best interests in mind or is even good for them to begin with. Experienced dental suppliers Orien Dental takes a look at some of the most common dental supplies and provides information on how to choose the best products for use by children.


An essential part of any person’s oral hygiene routine, toothpaste comes in many different colours, flavours and textures. The active ingredients, those being fluoride and a mild abrasive substance – the part of toothpaste that dislodges food from between teeth and polishes the teeth – are typically consistent across the board. The differences between the brands often come down to the various thickeners, flavours and sweeteners that are also found in toothpaste. When it comes to child-friendly toothpaste products, look for those that are sugar-free and low in fluoride (to avoid the onset of fluorosis that’s caused by swallowing toothpaste). In fact, many health care professionals and dental suppliers recommend not giving toothpaste to children up to 18 months old because of their likelihood to swallow it. However, if you would like your child to use a safe toothpaste, then as your dental supplier we would recommend the Paroamin kids toothpaste. This is a child-friendly toothpaste that’s SLS free and is recommended from 0 to 10 years, with a low fluoride content of 250ppm. For children over 10 years, we recommend the Paroamin toothpaste for adults. This has a higher fluoride content of 1250pp and is also SLS free.


Mouthwash products come in a wide variety of fun colours and flavours, making the temptation among children to try them out as part of their oral hygiene pretty strong. But are they safe for children to use?

Essentially, most dental practitioners will recommend that children six and under do not use mouthwash products. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, they might not be ready to manage the motions of swishing the liquid in their mouth and spitting it out (they might instead swallow it), and secondly, mouth rinses contain fluoride, and too much of this as their teeth are developing can lead to fluorosis. Once the child is at an age that they can manage the rinsing and spitting motions and their teeth have formed, they can move onto a mouthwash product that is free of sugar and alcohol (found in numerous mouthwashes). Between the ages of 6 and 12, children should rinse only under adult supervision, and they should learn that rinsing should complement rather than act as a substitute for brushing and flossing.

H2: Flossing

How early should a child start flossing their teeth? ‘As early as they are able to manage it’ is what many professionals suggest. The benefits of flossing, particularly the dislodgement of food between teeth that might otherwise cause dental problems, and the prevention of halitosis (bad breath), make it a worthwhile practice to get into early. By the age of 8, children should be able to comfortably use floss and incorporate it into their oral hygiene routine.

As one of Australia’s premier dental supply specialists, Orien Dental Supplies is able to provide dental practitioners, hospitals, retailers and other organisations with an extensive range of dentistry supplies for adults and children. Whether you’re looking for dental supplies in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, or elsewhere in Australia, you can trust Orien Dental Supplies to accommodate your needs. Order your dental supplies online today.

Healthy Eating, Physical Activity To Child Care Providers

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For our readers in Minnesota. This article is courtesy of PRWeb, please share your thoughts in the comments section below…..

twokidsunFunding from Blue Cross provides certification to child care programs who go the extra mile to create healthy environments for the state’s youngest residents.

Getting Minnesotans off to a healthy start early in life is critical to their health in adulthood. So where better to begin such healthy activity than in the settings children spend much of their time: in early learning and care environments. With the help of the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross), Providers Choice – a leader in supporting child care professionals in serving healthy meals and snacks to children in these settings – has developed their unique Twist & Sprout initiative that child care providers can adopt to implement healthy foods and physical activity into their practices.

The research on healthy child behavior and the importance of early intervention, gives great support to the Twist & Sprout program, with data from the American Heart Association showing obese children as young as 3 will already show indications for developing heart disease in adulthood, and overweight children between the ages of 7 and 13 could develop heart disease as early as 25. Using such a unique program, early child care providers have the opportunity to both provide a healthy environment for children and educate parents on incorporating those healthy habits at home. The Twist & Sprout initiative supports child care providers through offerings like engaging, in-person workshops; seasonal menus with breakfasts, lunches and snacks that meet the Child and Adult Care Food Program standards; instructional videos led by a real chef; culinary skills refresher videos; and resources for parents.

“We know through the research that children who attend child care settings that participate in initiatives such as the USDA Food Program eat healthier than those who don’t, and that children who consume a healthy diet are sick less often, have more energy and fewer health problems,” said Janelle Waldock, director at the Center. “At the Center, we believe in the importance of providing children with healthy environments from a young age so they are ready to enter kindergarten, succeed in school, and in life. Twist & Sprout embodies that principle, which is why we are so proud to fund the Twist & Sprout initiative through Providers Choice.”

One of the most impactful parts of the program is the opportunity for child care programs to become Twist & Sprout Certified. The certification is awarded to child care providers who put best practices into action by creating a healthy environment for children in their care. To receive certification, providers have to meet a number of criteria, including the incorporation of healthy eating and physical activity into their care on a daily basis and having a written wellness policy. The certification allows child care providers to show off their skills and differentiate themselves from others, and also serves as a great tool for parents to make more informed decisions about where to send their children for care.

kidsunningtogether“Having the certification sets us apart from other child care options,” said Becky Gill, who offers child care services in Inver Grove Heights, a suburb of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. “Parents know that their children are going to eat healthy, nutritious foods while they’re here, which makes it easier for parents to feed them that same food when they’re at home. We also keep them engaged with active play that helps create an overall healthy environment. We’re so proud to know that the children we care for will be healthier because they were here.”

Twist & Spout workshops are available across the state, and there are already 45 Twist & Sprout Certified child care providers who have demonstrated a commitment to safe and healthy eating policies as well as structured active play to help keep the next generation of Minnesotans healthy. To find a Twist & Sprout Certified provider, visit and click on “Search for Child Care in Minnesota.” Twist & Sprout Certified providers have the Twist & Sprout logo next to their name.

About Providers Choice
Providers Choice supports child care professionals in serving healthy meals and snacks to the children in their care. As the largest nonprofit sponsor of the Child and Adult Care Food Program in the United States, we provide training, compliance monitoring and technical assistance to over 4,000 family child care providers and centers. Providers Choice is headquartered in the west metro of the Twin Cities and serves all 87 counties in Minnesota. To learn more about Providers Choice, visit their website at To learn more about the Twist & Sprout program, visit

About the Center for Prevention
The Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota delivers on Blue Cross’ long-term commitment to improve the health of all Minnesotans by tackling the leading root causes of preventable disease: tobacco use, lack of physical activity and unhealthy eating. Funded through proceeds from Blue Cross’ historic lawsuit against the tobacco industry, we collaborate with organizations statewide to increase health equity, transform communities and create a healthier state. Visit for more information.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (, with headquarters in the St. Paul suburb of Eagan, was chartered in 1933 as Minnesota’s first health plan and continues to carry out its charter mission today as a health company: to promote a wider, more economical and timely availability of health services for the people of Minnesota. Blue Cross is a not-for-profit, taxable organization. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, headquartered in Chicago.

Meditation: Healing The Scars From Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, PTSD And More – Part 2

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By Tom North, author of True North: The Shocking Truth About “Yours, Mine and Ours”

Continued from part 1 of this article…..

yogaposeIn my own experience, and in the experience of many meditators who have been culturing a daily meditation practice over time, the ongoing result has been a steadily growing expansion of awareness and appreciation for all of life. This takes the form of improved relationships with those around me, connection with the entire human race and seeing the divine intelligence in the simplest life forms.

I would be remiss if I didn’t include experiencing an overwhelming sense of love for everyone and everything I encounter. As one friend and former college classmate of mine said, “I was stopped in commuter traffic on the 405 freeway in L.A. I looked around me at the thousands of cars and people and was feeling an unbounded love for all of them!”

If this is the outcome of consistent meditation, then it certainly is worth trying for anyone whose long-ago trauma-related or trauma-triggered emotions frequently get the better of them. For those who simply cannot see their way out of their own personal darkness, meditation is even more important. I encourage you to make the commitment.

8 Steps to Help You Develop Your Daily Meditation Practice for Trauma Healing

* Give yourself permission to get better, understanding that meditation can provide healing and relief.

* Seek out a meditation teacher. Meditation is like walking in an unfamiliar forest. It is best to have a guide.

* Commit to regularity. Research shows that 20 minutes twice a day is optimal.

* Create a space that is just for you to meditate each day. Unplug the phone(s) and put your silenced cell phone where you cannot see it. No cheating!

* Get your mediation checked regularly by your teacher. This is very important.

* If you absolutely have to miss a session, do not be hard on yourself – it is OK to renegotiate with yourself, recommit and pick up where you left off.

* Wait two months, and then check in on your memories of pain and trauma…do you feel better able to just let them go, to allow them to NOT MATTER anymore?

* Congratulate yourself for staying with it! You’re on your way to true healing.

*Disclaimer: Please remember that meditation is not a substitute for professional care or psychiatric help if that is what is needed. Many physicians and psychologists recommend meditation in conjunction with standard therapies.

– Tom North is the author of True North – The Shocking Truth About “Yours, Mine and Ours” They appeared to be the blissful Beardsleys, the happily blended family-eight of Helen North’s, ten of Frank Beardsley’s, and two children from their union. A family so famous in America that Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda played the parents in the box office smash–Yours Mine and Ours. But they were anything from blissful; in fact they were the beaten and battered Beardsleys. That’s the real hidden story behind the spotlight. And Tom North, Helen’s second eldest son, is now revealing how he survived the ordeal of living with a horrifyingly abusive stepfather that drove him to depression and drugs, and deprived him of his self-worth-and a mother who protected the image of the “perfect” family at all costs. But True North is much more than an inspiring and powerful account of a man who rose to success against all odds. It’s a story of how Transcendental Meditation (TM) brought peace to Tom North and saved his life. It brings to light how effective meditation is as a means for healing trauma survivors and especially those who have endured any form of verbal, physical or sexual abuse. For more information, go to

Meditation: Healing The Scars From Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, PTSD And More – Part 1

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By Tom North, author of True North: The Shocking Truth About “Yours, Mine and Ours”

Meditation saved my life.

yogaMy father, Richard North, died in a Navy jet test flight crash when I was six years old. Fifteen months after his death, my mother, Helen North who had eight children, re-married a man named Frank Beardsley who had ten, making us one of the largest families in the country. We became famous, and our story was featured in the movie, Yours, Mine and Ours. But it wasn’t one big happy family. We had to hide the fact that we were living a lie.

My stepfather was abusive on every level; physically, emotionally and sexually. His constant rage, disapproval and controlling personality left deep emotional scars. And, to make matters worse, our family hid this from the outside world, so we each suffered in silence. The toll I paid was enormous. Lacking any sense of self-worth, it drove me to depression and drugs. I imagine many people will identify with the feelings, even if their home life was not as extreme as mine. But trauma is trauma–whether suffered in a living room or the theatre of war.

As a young adult I discovered meditation. It was my passage out of a deep depression and emotional despair, and I’m here to recommend it as a powerful and effective solution if you cannot get out of the mental patterns that keep you stuck, feeling a victim of past trauma.

Meditation was and still is a vital therapy for my continued survival and healing from a life of child abuse and domestic violence. I still practice it every day, having begun more than 38 years ago.

Meditation is indeed a powerful tool for health and healing on all levels. Research shows that group meditation can produce a radiating influence of peace in society. Recently, Dr. Deepak Chopra sponsored and conducted an online Global Group Meditation for Peace with over 100,000 people participating from around the world. I was happy to be a part of this important event.

This was a tremendous service Dr. Chopra was delivering to the audience, for as he explained, meditation is the key to our connection with ourselves: Our Divine Selves. It is also our connection to the collective consciousness. Studies show that everything in the universe is connected and it is possible to unite people in heart-focused care and intention to facilitate the shift in global consciousness from instability and discord to balance, cooperation and enduring peace.

The Health Benefits of Daily Meditation are Many

The scientific evidence documenting the benefits of Transcendental Meditation, especially for PTSD, which includes child abuse, is conclusive. While there may always be skeptics, it is irrefutable that meditation delivers improvements on every level of life, from stress management to emotional, physical and spiritual balance.

Dr. Norman Rosenthal, senior research scientist at the National Institute of Health (NIH), has published his studies of over 300 experiments that prove the importance and benefits of meditation. This is in addition to the many thousands of published reports that have become available over the last 40 years that have come out of Maharishi University of Management, Harvard University and many others.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..

– Tom North is the author of True North – The Shocking Truth About “Yours, Mine and Ours” They appeared to be the blissful Beardsleys, the happily blended family-eight of Helen North’s, ten of Frank Beardsley’s, and two children from their union. A family so famous in America that Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda played the parents in the box office smash–Yours Mine and Ours. But they were anything from blissful; in fact they were the beaten and battered Beardsleys. That’s the real hidden story behind the spotlight. And Tom North, Helen’s second eldest son, is now revealing how he survived the ordeal of living with a horrifyingly abusive stepfather that drove him to depression and drugs, and deprived him of his self-worth-and a mother who protected the image of the “perfect” family at all costs. But True North is much more than an inspiring and powerful account of a man who rose to success against all odds. It’s a story of how Transcendental Meditation (TM) brought peace to Tom North and saved his life. It brings to light how effective meditation is as a means for healing trauma survivors and especially those who have endured any form of verbal, physical or sexual abuse. For more information, go to

10 Helpful Tips To Prepare Your Child With Autism For School

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By Pamela Bryson-Weaver, R.D.H, author of Living autism

schoolbusWith the school opening looming up ahead, the idea of transitioning your child with autism can prove to be daunting. Starting school can be a difficult time even for normal kids, more so with a child who has limited cognitive, social, and other developmental skills. Like normal kids, children on the spectrum also feel the same excitement and anxiety. This change can be difficult for them— the scenery, the people, their responsibility as students, co-existing with others, and so on. This often leads to sudden (and somehow negative) changes in behavior.

By now, you must have already looked into a number of schools in your area and have found the right one for your child. To gear your child for the so-called “first day high,” try looking into these helpful tips and see if any of these can work with his or her level of ASD.

1. Try creating a social story to go along with the preparation. Pictures and video presentation prove to be effective channels to show them what school is like, how to go with the usual morning/afternoon routine, and other school activities.

2. Create creatively the list of daily activities he or she will have to take from waking up to brushing, walking/riding to school, entering the classroom, and so on. If possible, try to ask the school administration if it is okay for you and your child to look around.

3. Prepare a calendar complete with pictures. Indicate lunch with the picture of the school cafeteria or toilet time with the comfort room or playtime with a picture of the school playground with children playing.

4. Before school officially starts, ask if it is okay for your child to meet his or her new teacher. Let the teacher and the school’s guidance counselor know about certain “obsessions” that your child may have. Often, visiting school ahead of time and meeting the people he or she will encounter head-on can ease their way into transition.

5. Communicate, communicate. Whatever your child’s ASD level, it is imperative that you ask about what he or she feels. Engage him or her in the whole process. His or her feelings should come first and foremost on this journey. Make him or her feel secured and assured, that school is a safe haven. Instill happy thoughts in meeting new friends. He or she may be socially challenged, but this does not negate the thought of feeling the same level of excitement in meeting new acquaintances.

6. Reassure your child that school is his or her second home. While “Mommy” or “Daddy” help resolves problems for him at home, he or she now has an extra set of helping hands with “teacher” (be specific with the name of the teacher to make him familiar) around.

7. Try to check if there are kids in the neighborhood who will be going on the same classes with your child. Sometimes, letting them connect to others before school starts can greatly eliminate unforeseen circumstances during transition.

8. Make sure to find out what after-school activities can your child join. Some sports activities are excellent activities for children with ASDs.

9. Include your child’s therapist on this process. It is imperative that you are fully guided on every endeavor you pursue to ensure zero meltdown.

10. Be extra attentive. Some kids on the spectrum have a hard time coping with these sudden changes. Make sure to prioritize your child’s welfare before anything else.

Each child with Autism Spectrum Disorder has a different way of dealing with changes in their environment. These tips may prove to be effective to others but, in everything else, you alone know what works best for him or her.

– Pamela Bryson-Weaver is the author of Living autism Daily Reflections & Strategies to Give You Hope and Courage, being published in October by Freedom Abound, Inc. October is Autism Awareness Month in Canada (Bryson-Weaver lives in New Brunswick). Autism Awareness Month in the U.S. Is April. Since her son was diagnosed with autism 15 years ago, Bryson-Weaver has become an advocate, speaker and activist for children with special needs, children who are close to heart. Learn more at

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How To Take Care Of Your Child Against Skin Infections?

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By Brendon Buthello

kidsChildren are more prone to the skin disorders than adults mainly because of their carefree attitude and as they lack medical knowledge. They tend to take the skin disorders very lightly and are often seen to mingle with an infected person irrespective of making them alert of the consequences. Besides, it is always required to keep an eye on their habits concerning cleanliness. For parents and caregivers preventing skin disorders to transmit to their children is a responsibility that needs constant vigil. Here below we will discuss on four crucial aspects to take care of your child against skin infections.

Getting infected through direct contact

Children have a carefree and casual approach to illness, especially if it seems to them as merely an inconvenience on body surface but not a very painful or threatening one. Medically speaking a majority of the skin disorders is contagious. Children thanks to their casual simplicity often forget the danger involved in getting close to a person with skin disorder. Maybe the person in the next door suffers from skin rashes for a long time without your knowing. He may reach to your child for caressing or for engaging in a merry pastime and though it seems perfectly innocent and harmless, chances of transmitting a skin disorder lurks there.

Getting infected indirectly

There are more to be careful when it is about getting infected indirectly. There is multitude of avenues to get skin infection and a vast majority of them are indirect in nature. You might have made full proof arrangement to assure that your child does not come into contact with anybody with a skin disorder and you might have thoroughly maintained cleanliness inside the house. But irrespective of all these suddenly you may observe fungal infection in his body. You wonder how it happened in spite of so many precautions. It is quite simple, the groceries, vegetables, fruits and all those items that come from stores might have been handled by an infected person. In schools or playground your child may come to direct contact with someone infected or items used by infected one. While such exposures are hard to avoid you can at least guard your children by maintaining utmost cleanliness. Make sure that when coming from outside the exposed body parts are cleaned thoroughly and garments are cleaned regularly.

Transmission through droplets

groupkidswbgThere are many infectious diseases that transmit through droplets and contagious or infectious skin disorders are no exception in this regard. Droplets are nothing but moisture expelled from the nasal tract. Our respiratory tract is most sensitive to infections of any kind and naturally when a person is infected it can affect others through droplets as well. The infection borne moisture in the respiratory tract can quickly transmit when the infected person sneezes, exhales breath or expectorates cough. Make sure that your children do not get close to anyone suffering from such infectious disorders. Insist on boosting their immunity to fight all these airborne infections including that can be transmitted through droplets.

Airborne infections

From the dust particles in the air or from other pollutions also your children can get infected with skin disorders. Hardly you can ensure a throughout protection from these invisible airborne infections. But obviously you can take some preventive measures and protections to stop them from getting inroads into the body. First of all, try to let them remain in cool and dry conditions as long as possible and make them avoid getting moist and get into dusty atmosphere. Secondly, insist strengthening their immune system to fight the germs and fungal infections from within. Against airborne infections boosting immune system is the best guard.

Brendon Buthello is a healthcare blogger at He spends time to get detail knowledge of different types of skin infections and how to protect yourself from these skin disorders.

4 Tips For Helping A Child Deal With Asthma – Part 2

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By Lauren Hill

Continued from part 1 of this article…..

familyjogKnow the Warning Signs

The best way to deal with asthma, and especially an asthma attack, is to be aware of the warning signs your child typically shows before an attack. An asthma attack is when your child’s lungs are not getting enough air to breathe adequately, caused by the swelling and inflammation due to asthma. Some children’s attacks are triggered by environmental things like pets, mold, or allergens in the air. Other kids experience asthma attacks when they are active or become too worked up. Regardless of what causes your child’s asthma, they will show signs of an impending attack that are usually similar each time. A good way to become familiar with your child’s warning signs is to keep a checklist or running tally of the signs that they showed before each attack. For example, if you notice that your child begins to cough at night shortly before they have an attack, you can write that down as a warning sign. The next time you notice them coughing in their beds, you can be more prepared to help them treat the attack.

Create an Action Plan

An asthma attack can be a scary experience for all involved, but most especially for the child experiencing it. In those scary situations, it can be easy to freeze up and forget what should be done. Creating an action plan can keep you, your child, and other adults in your child’s life – like their teacher – on the same page of how to treat the attack. Most action plans involve figuring out the right amount of daily medication that is needed to control your child’s asthma on a day-to-day basis, as well as the emergency medication that would be required in the case of an attack. A device like a peak flow reader can help you track how well your child’s lungs are working and can let you know when the asthma may be getting worse. Recording these peak flow readings can help you follow a daily plan to keep the disease in check.

In the case of an emergency situation or attack, your child’s action plan should include the warning signs, what their peak flow reading will look like, the medication required to reduce symptoms, and the point at which emergency personnel should be contacted. A copy of both the daily and rescue action plan should be given to any adult who is in direct care of your child so that they are aware of any needs your child may have.

Control the Triggers

In order to gain control of asthma and to reduce attacks in the future, it’s important to figure out your child’s asthma triggers and avoid them as often as possible. Cigarette smoke can be a trigger for many kids, so if you or another family member smokes, quitting or doing all smoking outdoors can help keep your child’s lungs healthy. Sometimes furry pets are the culprit of some kids’ coughing and wheezing. Unfortunately, the best solution in that case is to find the pet a new home. Even when the animal is outside the home, dander and fur tracked in on clothing can trigger attacks as well. Playing hard and excessive activity can be another common trigger, and although it can be hard to get a small child to slow down, it is important to help them realize that their trigger can make them feel sick and cause an attack.

Removing asthmatic triggers from your home and your child’s school environment is essential if you want your child to gain control over their disease. It is your responsibility to provide them with a healthy environment where they can be safe from the sometimes life-threatening attacks. These tips can help you get started on the path to control over your child’s asthma and can bring them great comfort knowing that you will be taking care of their wellbeing.

– Lauren Hill is a freelance writer and Mom to an asthmatic child. She finds great joy in educating others on dealing with asthma. Lauren is a contributing author for

4 Tips For Helping A Child Deal With Asthma – Part 1

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By Lauren Hill

familywalk2Children are naturally resilient and are often fully capable of dealing with whatever troubles are thrown their way, but dealing with a chronic illness like asthma can require a little bit of help from family and friends. If not treated properly, asthma can have life-long consequences and can make even day-to-day life a struggle. As such, parents of asthmatic children need to be aware of how they can help their children take control over their asthma so that they can continue on the path towards a healthy adulthood. Being knowledgeable and transferring that knowledge on to your child can ensure that they are able to watch for the signs of an asthma attack and be careful to avoid activities or situations that may cause a reaction. Here are some tips that can help you prepare yourself and in turn prepare your child to deal with life with asthma.

Get a Diagnosis

The first step to taking care of your child and gaining control over their asthma is to get a diagnosis so that the proper medication can be prescribed, if necessary. The American Lung Association suggests that children who will be asthmatic will typically begin showing symptoms by the time they reach the age of five. Some kids are more susceptible to lung conditions tied to colds or other infections and those symptoms can sometimes be similar to asthma’s symptoms, but speaking with your child’s pediatrician and giving them as much information as you can will help the doctor narrow down what may be causing the discomfort that your child has been experiencing. Here are some of the symptoms of asthma in children:

• A wheezing sound when your child exhales

• Complaints of chest pain

• Interrupted sleeping due to shortness of breath, which can cause fatigue

• Frequent coughing, made worse by a cold or the flu

• Tightness of the chest

If your child has been complaining of these symptoms, you may want to consider making an appointment with your doctor or specialist in order to complete a diagnosis. It may seem as though a formal diagnosis could be too worrisome, but as a parent it is important to move forward on the treatment of your child’s condition and this often requires medical intervention.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..

– Lauren Hill is a freelance writer and Mom to an asthmatic child. She finds great joy in educating others on dealing with asthma. Lauren is a contributing author for

Preparing Your Child For A New Sibling

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By Adrienne Durkin

babyThe arrival of a new baby is a big transition for any family, and for a young child, welcoming a new sibling can be challenging. It is common for children to feel apprehensive and sometimes jealous, and it is not uncommon for children in this situation to act out.

Fortunately, parents can help prepare their children for an addition to the family in many ways. Although there is no “perfect time” to break the news, setting aside time to have a conversation and answer questions is critical.

If your child doesn’t have lots of questions right away, don’t force the issue. They might need time to process the news in their own way. When they are ready, they will ask questions. Take time then to talk with them.

If they are immediately interested, there are many things that you can do to help them think about the transition in a positive way.

* Show them baby pictures of themselves when they came home from the hospital.

* If you have a friend or family member with a newborn, take your child to visit.

* Take your child to a doctor’s visit so that they can hear the heartbeat.

* Would your child like to help you think of potential baby names?

* Read books to your child about becoming a big brother or big sister.

* Have a baby doll that can play the role of your infant. Pretend play about holding the baby and setting up some ground rules can be very helpful.

If you have to make room adjustments, do them as early as possible. This will allow for your child to settle in before the baby arrives.

familyvectorMore and more hospitals now offer sibling preparatory classes. These classes usually teach children how to hold a baby, explain how a baby is born, and offer a chance for kids to express how they feel about this big change. If you can, take your child to a class. It is a great way for them to learn about the process, and it is a chance for them to meet other kids going through the same experience.

As the baby’s arrival grows closer, make arrangements for your child while you are in the hospital. Make sure that they understand what the plans are, and that they are comfortable with them.

Once the baby is born, bring your child to the hospital to meet the baby as soon as possible, preferably when no one else is around. Make the time special.

When the baby comes home, try to keep to your child’s regular routine as stable as possible. When the baby is napping, spend one-on-one time with your older child. Setting aside a certain time each day to do something special. It can be as simple as reading a short book or doing puzzle. Giving them something to look forward to doing with you each day can be very reassuring.

Enjoy the journey! It will be an adventure for all of you.

– Adrienne Durkin is the author of the Sam and Coodles series. Sam and Coodles: The Room at the End of the Hall was created when Adrienne and her husband moved their son from the nursery outside their bedroom to a room down the hall when they were expecting their second child. Adrienne wanted to create a series of books for young children getting new siblings, starting before the baby is born and continuing after the new baby comes home. For information on the series, visit

How To Wean Your Child Off A Pacifier

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babyIf your child never took to his pacifier, consider yourself lucky. You see, it is no easy task to break the pacifier habit. Pacifiers, or binkies as they are often called, appeal to a baby’s natural instinct to suckle for comfort. They serve many babies well, soothing them in their fussiest hours. The American Academy of Pediatrics even recommends them as a method of combating SIDS in very young infants. They do, however, have something of an acceptability shelf life. At a year old, many pediatricians recommend kicking the binky habit because using it past a year can lead to dental or speech difficulties down the road. What is now such a great help can become quite a hindrance, which means that you should put an end to pacifier dependence at some point. Of course, there is no way to explain this to your one year old. Instead, you’ll have to employ a method that allows you to wean your baby from his binky.

Cold Turkey

The first method you can try is cold turkey. Gather up all the pacifiers in the house, ensuring there are none stashed in toys or hidden behind crib bumpers, and see how it goes. Sometimes, believe it or not, this works without a hitch. The reason this can work is that children really have no need to suck once they turn a year old, so if they are not emotionally dependent on the pacifier they might just forget about it. It doesn’t happen often, but it’s worth a shot.

Three Day Method

If your baby was not receptive to kicking the paci habit cold turkey, try the three day method. This works particularly well for children who are a bit older. With this technique, you tell your child on the first day that you can see how big he is getting and how you know he wants to be a big kid. Then, you tell him that you want him to try to give up his binky in three days. Say this matter-of-factly and come across as happy and excited as you break this news. Then, on the second day, tell your child again that tomorrow is the “big day.” Tell him this twice on the second day. On the third and final day, engage your child in a scavenger hunt to collect all the binkies in the house and explain that they will be recycled and made into new toys. You might even want to go and get your child a toy after this so that he can feel like his binky is still with him in a new form. With this method you are supposed to stay positive and follow through, even if your child protests. The theory behind this is that your child will get used to the idea gradually and that it should not take longer than 48 hours for your child to get over his loss after the third day.

Cutting Down

If you prefer to remove the pacifier more slowly, you can utilize the cutting down method. First, make sure the pacifier is not available all the time. In fact, you should start keeping the binkies up in a high cabinet out of the child’s sight. When your child does not need the binky because he is not in any distress, keep it away from him. If he asks for it, see if you can distract him with something else. This is a great time to break out a new toy or play a new game. Try to only give the pacifier to your child in times of great distress and to sleep. Then, only provide it when it’s time for your little one to go to sleep. Your child will slowly get used to not having the pacifier using this method. If you switch up the daily routine when you start using the cutting down method, it makes it even easier for your child to accept. Because the child’s routine is different, he will not be associating certain times of the day with the binky – everything will be new. When it comes time to give up the binky at bedtime, you might want to introduce a new blanket or stuffed animal to sleep with, or a musical toy for his crib.

The “Who, Me?” Method

If you want an even sneakier method, you can try putting pin holes in your child’s binkies. Be sure the pin is sterile and that it is only the tiniest hole near the base of the rubber. If you put very tiny pinholes in the binkies, he won’t get the satisfaction from sucking since the bulb won’t be as full of air. Your child may then think it is broken or that he no longer likes it and simply stop using it on his own. You will get none of blame for the loss of the binky when you use this method.

In the end, while it is preferable for your baby to give up his pacifier before he makes an emotional connection to it, it should not be a cause for great stress. After all, most kids will willingly give it up by the age of three or four. Since children are developing new coping skills all the time, they could very well wind up giving up the binky on their own, naturally. Because your child has to give up so many other things around the same time, such as nursing and/or his bottle and his diapers, depriving him of his pacifier may just be too much for him if he is overly attached to it as a comfort object. If this is the case, expert pediatricians like Dr. Karen Breach of North Carolina say it is okay for the pacifier to be the last thing that falls to the wayside.

– Submitted by Anne Laurie of