Managing Children’s hair

Here are a few tips on combing your child’s hair:

  • The comb that you use should be a wide-tooth comb, when combing dry hair. Avoid using anything that has tiny teeth, as these can snag.
  • Work from the ends of the hair upwards, using fingers to help with the untangling.
  • Begin at the nape of the neck, since this is the area that tends to get tangled the most.
  • If you run into any bad snarls, the last thing you want is to get them wet, which will make things worse. However, they can be sprayed with either regular conditioner (a Children’s brand), or spray the snarls with a detangler. Once sprayed, holding those strains of hair up by the roots, comb the snarls out (gently).


Tricks of the trade:

For that first time haircut, take your child in after he/she wakes from a nap, as this will be during a period of time that the child will feel happy and more alert. Be sure to ask for a stylist that is comfortable around kids!

Never speak to the stylist about certain things in front of the child (such as the way they fidget). Also, it would be a good idea to take along your child’s favorite book, or it can be their favorite toy instead.

Let the stylist know you would like for them to begin at the edges, such as the ear area, bangs, and the neck (this is just in case they do not get to finish the job). It is also a good idea to allow the child to watch in the mirror as the stylist works, and ask them to go kind of slow, explaining as they move along what it is they are doing to their hair.

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Issues with Children’s hair

Now and again you may run into an issue with your child’s hair, such as the gum they had in their mouth when they fell asleep the night before. Needless to say, although they still had it when they woke up, it was no longer in their mouth, but in their hair.

The following is going to be beneficial if it should happen to your child:

Instead of grabbing for the scissors if this should happen to your child, grab for the peanut butter, or the vegetable oil. Using your fingers is fine, however, some may want to use a toothbrush instead (being messy and all), cover the gummed hair completely with either the peanut butter or some vegetable oil, now let set for about five minutes. Now it will be easy for you to remove the gum from your child’s hair. The only thing that needs to be done now, is to give your child’s hair a good shampooing.

Note: The vegetable oil is the better thing to go with should the gum also be in the child’s eyebrows and/or eyelashes.

Another issue you might be unfortunate enough to run into, is glue getting into your child’s hair. Glue can be removed using a conditioner. You will first want to wet the child’s hair, and then apply some conditioner to the area of the hair that has the glue in it. This will need to set and soak into the glue and hair about twenty minutes. After which, you can simply comb the glue out of the hair with a comb.

Note: Depending on the type of glue, you may have to resort to using baby oil instead.

How Children Can Avoid Tooth Decay

It isn’t too early to begin encouraging good dental hygiene for your little ones. Your child’s teeth are at risk for dental decay as soon as they come through the gums. The good news is that tooth decay is preventable. Below are some easy guidelines to follow for caring for your children’s teeth.

From birth to 1-year-old, you should wipe your baby’s gums with a clean gauze or baby washcloth. Whenever the first tooth shows up, then using water and a baby toothbrush, clan the surface. Cleaning them after breakfast and before bed.

For children 1 year to 2 years use child sized toothbrush with non-fluoridated toothpaste brush their teeth, unless a fluoridated toothpaste is recommended, it is best to use a child’s toothpaste.

You should angle the brush at 40 degrees to their gums and move the brush back and forth gently. Brush all teeth surfaces. To brush the inner surface, tilt the brush vertically, brush it up and down. Brush the tongue as well.

Flossing is important as well. Be sure that you are curving the floss into a C shape and move the floss up and down while keeping it pressed to the tooth. Floss all of the teeth.

Flossing needs to be started when there are 2 teeth touching each other which is around 2+ years old. When a child is able to brush by age 6, they will have trouble flossing. Purchasing a floss holder can help until they are about 10 years old.

Be sure that you are setting a good example by taking care of your own teeth. You and your child can begin to brush and floss together. This helps to show them that dental hygiene isn’t a choice, but it can be a great activity for bonding for you and your child.

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Help Prevent Your Baby From Getting Tooth Decay

It has been shown in several different studies that a baby’s first two years is related to tooth decay. It is this first two years of their life that they need a good diet, good food intake habits, and their teeth need to be brushed two to three times daily to help in preventing tooth decay. Parents should encourage their child to begin brushing on their own once they reach three years of age.

The (AAP) American Academy of Pediatrics has given the following information on preventing tooth decay.

Some of the causes for tooth decay in babies are:

When a parent or caregiver share the same spoons, or drinks behind one another, and even when they are testing a food for its hotness before feeding it to the baby, and especially, cleaning their pacifier by putting it in their own mouth, and then putting it back in the baby’s mouth, can be passing bacteria by means of their saliva. Your baby can get tooth decay from having their teeth and gums exposed for long periods of time to any liquids or foods (excluding water). Also, you should only give your baby milk when it is meal time.

Here are some helpful tips:

  • Never give your baby a bottle when you are putting your baby down to sleep!
  • You should not let your baby use a sippy cup as if it were a pacifier.
  • Ask your local water company if your water is fluoridated (your baby needs to have fluoridated water).
  • Never put your baby to bed with a bottle of milk, as this contributes to tooth decay and also, rotting of the gums.

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