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Baby Dental Care
07.27.2012 [New Moms & Dads]

The #1 dental issue in young children is tooth decay. Tooth decay is the breakdown of the tooth’s protective coating called enamel, when germs in the mouth mix with sugar from food and drinks. The germs make an acid that breaks down the enamel and eventually makes a hole in the tooth. This is the dreaded cavity! The good news is it is preventable!

Good oral hygiene begins before the first tooth has cut through.

  • Start by wiping baby’s gums with a clean wet wash cloth after feedings.
  • Once a tooth has broken through gently brush the tooth with a soft bristled toothbrush.
  • Keep your well doctor appointments so your pediatrician can check baby’s mouth. If your child is at high risk for tooth decay, he/she will refer you to a pediatric dentist.
  • Around 1 year old start brushing baby’s teeth twice a day, usually after breakfast and before bed. Most experts recommend fluoride free toothpaste; discuss your options with your dentist or pediatrician.
  • Limit juice to only 1 cup/daily with meals.
  • Offer healthy snacks like fruits and vegetables, careful to avoid choking hazards, cutting up snacks and offering softer items. Avoid sticky or sugary snacks like candy, cookies and artificially flavored fruit snacks. Keep in mind that many crackers contain sugar and need to be offered with meals.
  • If you put your child to bed with a bottle or Sippy cup, fill it with only water.
  • If your child is thirsty offer water or milk, but if he/she drinks milk before going to sleep, brush their teeth first.
  • Schedule an appointment with a pediatric dentist by 2 years old, and discuss switching to fluoride toothpastes and annual checkups.

If your child doesn’t like the teeth cleaning routine, as many go back and forth from willing participant to disgruntled, turn it into a game. Let baby brush your teeth with your tooth brush as you brush his with his. Then switch and let him brush his own teeth and you brush your own. Or tell him/her to open wide while you look for food germs to clean and then let them look and clean!


Source: First Steps to a Healthy Smile (Copyright © 2008 American Academy of Pediatrics)


EXCEL Winner is a Breath of Fresh Air
07.25.2012 | SMH Extra

54!! That’s right, 54! Count them! 54 is the number of signatures provided by physicians, managers and co-workers from all over the hospital who agree that Norlie is an employee who EXCELS! Congratulations to Norlys “Norlie” Grillo-Alvarez, a Core Clinical Technician II in the OR. Her nomination is as follows: Because she’s one of the best […]

Soothing Water Sculpture
07.24.2012 | Campus Improvements

This week, water began to flow through the new sculptural fountains located in the courtyard of Sarasota Memorial’s patient care tower, which is currently under construction.  Nestled among beautifully landscaped green spaces, the courtyard will provide an aesthetically pleasing, healing environment for patients, visitors, physicians and staff. Scheduled to open in 2013, the new nine-story […]

Work-Life Balance… A Challenge
07.23.2012 | Wellness

Do you remember as a child climbing aboard the teeter-totter in the playground? You and a friend sat at either end of the board finding the fine balance of the apparatus so that each of you could enjoy the fun in the up and down motion that was produced by that effort. As an adult […]

A Breast Pumping Plan Designed for You
07.18.2012 | New Moms & Dads

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that mothers breastfeed exclusively for the first six months and continue breastfeeding for at least the first year of a child’s life. Many moms need to return to work within the first 6 months of their babies life. (45-50% of moms return to work full time within 6 months […]

Hard Day’s Work
07.13.2012 | Campus Improvements

Crews are working hard both inside and outside the new Courtyard Tower as shown in the photos, including exterior window installation, pouring concrete for EPIC Park footers, front awning assembly and welding, fourth floor Labor & Delivery ceiling, first floor lobby area, ninth floor Orthopedics Unit hallway and building exterior. Scheduled for completion in 2013, […]

Q&A: Is it okay to get a tetanus shot while nursing?
07.12.2012 | New Moms & Dads

Hi readers! Megan here with a question from one of our Twitter followers: Is it okay to get a tetanus shot while nursing? I asked Mary O’Connor, Sarasota Memorial’s childbirth education manager & lactation consultant in our Women’s & Children’s department, and here’s her take: With regard to tetanus while breastfeeding, I checked with our NICU/Pediatric Pharmacist who said: yes, tetanus vaccine is okay with […]

Common Back Yard Poisonous Plants
07.10.2012 | New Moms & Dads

I love flowers and looking out at my garden and all the beautiful flowers and colors. But today, as I was pulling weeds, I started to wonder about the dangers to my children that may exist in my beautiful garden. Common poisonous plants include: Oleander Lantana Castor Beans Yellow Allemande Brazilian Pepper Tree Caladium Arrow […]

Q&A: Advice on bringing a new baby home to a spirited toddler
07.09.2012 | New Moms & Dads

Hi readers! Megan here with a question from one of our Twitter followers: Anyone have any advice on bringing home a new sibling to a spirited toddler? I had Sheera Thomas from our Women’s & Children’s department help me out. Sheera is a rock star: she’s an RN, C-Efm, CBC, CCE, certified in fetal monitoring, breastfeeding, childbirth education and the […]

Q&A: What are the rules for having a glass of wine once nursing?
07.05.2012 | New Moms & Dads

Hi readers! Megan here with a question from one of our Twitter followers: What are the rules for having a glass of wine once nursing? I asked Mary O’Connor, Sarasota Memorial’s childbirth education manager & lactation consultant in our Women’s & Children’s department, and here’s her take: Obviously, an important thing to consider is that mom should […]