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5 Helpful Tips for Looking After Your Baby’s Dental Health

Your little angel’s first set of teeth plays a crucial role in his growth and development. They serve as placeholders for their permanent teeth and also important for eating and speaking clearly. That is why caring for your baby’s dental health and keeping them decay-free should be every mother’s priority.

1. Brush your baby’s teeth every single day
It may be a hassle to brush your baby’s teeth, because more often than not they will resist and even throw tantrums on you. However, just like adult’s teeth, baby’s teeth require regular brushing. Use a baby finger toothbrush for easier cleaning and fluoride toothpaste that tastes fruity and sweet.

2. Avoid acidic food
Citrus fruits like oranges and lemons can be great sources of vitamin c, but they can also wreak havoc to your baby’s teeth. Other than the citrus, fruits in general have more acid content than vegetables, so try introducing vegetable based meals to your baby instead.

Additional tip: If you happen to add something acidic to your infant’s meal, brush their teeth before instead of after eating. The tooth enamel becomes temporarily softer after consuming acidic food, thus posing risks to teeth when you brush them immediately after eating.

3. Minimize Sugary Treats
Occasional candy treats won’t hurt, but too much can lead to tooth decay. It’s important to check the sugar content of any product when buying sweet treats. This way, you’ll be able to compare which one have lesser sugar content and is safe for your baby’s dental heath. However, we still advise to stick to natural sugars (if you must buy sweets) instead of opting for foods with high artificial sugar content.

4. Encourage chewing by introducing solids
Even if you can’t see any tooth yet, incorporate soft solids into your baby’s diet to encourage chewing. Start with soft chunks of veggies to prepare your baby for slightly firmer foods before moving onto solid foods once they are comfortable with chewing.

5. Have regular dental visits
Not only you are keeping your little one’s teeth strong and healthy, but you are getting your baby used to dentist environment. Regular dental check-ups from a very young age will benefit your child a lot. With being familiar of a dental clinic’s environment, your child will grow up not scared of the dentist.

After weeks of drooling and fussing, you finally noticed a little tooth popping out of the gums. Make sure to take good care of it from day one to encourage healthy development of your baby’s dental health.


What is an “Apparent Life-Threatening Event”?  


We do not hear about Apparent Life-Threatening Event (ALTE) often but this happens oh so sudden without giving us time to prepare. With this, it is important that we know what this means so we can understand it and apparently share it to other people to prevent this from happening.

A helping hand

ALTE refers to abrupt occurrence of alarming symptoms like no breathing (also called apnea), coughing, change in color and gagging of children below one year old. As parents, our ultimate goal is to see our kids grow happy and healthy so the least that we can do is be cautious and keep ALTE at bay. ALTE is not a specific ailment. As mentioned earlier, ALTE involves group of symptoms that happen abruptly in infants and even young children.

We have to know that ALTE is not related to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome no matter the similarity. There are many cases of ALTE here in Singapore so it is crucial that we are oriented. Here are some truths about ALTE:

  • Causes: The most common cause of ALTE is gastroesophageal reflux disease. Other common causes include nervous system disorders (the ones that lead to brain tumors and seizures) and infections (like meningitis). There are also less common causes like partial or complete blockage of the child’s airways, heart disease and metabolic disorders. However, according to experts, almost fifty per cent of the cases of ALTE are undetermined.


  • Symptoms: In most cases, parents and caregivers are alarmed because of the unexpected change in the breathing of infants. When this happens, it is important that we keep calm so it will not cloud our judgement. Parents or caregivers should act immediately when they notice the infant not breathing for more than twenty seconds. If the infant’s color is changing to red, pale or blue, it is an indicator that the infant is suffering ALTE. Other symptoms include gagging and choking.
  • Diagnosis: Doctors are the only people here that can diagnose ALTE. When we bring our infants in hospitals or clinics, they will usually ask key questions. We have to answer the questions truthfully so they will know. After that, the doctors will conduct physical examination for defects and abnormalities. The physical examination is then followed by laboratory tests like liver function, spinal fluid, stool, urine, imaging tests and many more.
  • Treatment: If the cause is identified, treatment is possible. For infants who have serious problems (especially those who undergo CPR), they need to be hospitalized for monitoring. Parents or caregivers need to be trained in CPR for their infant’s safety.