February 2012 Newsletter
February is the month of LOVE!
Below are some examples of how to express and make your child always feel loved and secure.
- Use positive words, avoiding sarcasm. Children often do not understand sarcasm and can perceive it as a negative interaction.
- Lead by example, using manners like “please”, “thank you,” and “I’m sorry.”
- If your child is in a bad mood, show signs of affection. A hug, cuddle or pat can go a long way. Talk about it when your child is feeling better.
- Spend time with your child and do things your child enjoys. Mark game night on a calendar and let your child pick the game.
- Let your child get involved with cooking dinner. It’s a great way to familiarize your child with good food choices, and it’s a great way to enjoy good food with good conversation.
- Help foster positive relationships with friends, siblings, and other members of the community.
- Help foster self-esteem. Children need parental support. Loving your child, spending time together, and praising accomplishments are ways to help build self-esteem.
Call us today to schedule your child’s 4 or 5 year check up.
Your child will need 2 forms:
2. Ear, Eye & Dental (3300) form
Pharyngitis, or sore throat, is a common infection this time of year. Typical symptoms may include a red throat, painful swallowing, hoarseness, fever, and cough. Most cases of sore throat are caused by a virus, like the cold or flu, and get better on their own. Bacterial infections, like Strep throat, may require an antibiotic. Germs associated with a sore throat are spread through air droplets from coughing, sneezing, and using contaminated objects like utensils. Make sure your child practices good preventive measures, like washing hands, sneezing into her elbow, and not sharing drinks or utensils. If your child experiences these symptoms, please call the office to determine if he or she needs to be seen.
National Dental Health Month
- Good dental habits should start as the first tooth appears. After feedings clean gums using water and a soft bristled tooth brush or clean wash cloth.
- Your pediatrician will check your baby’s mouth at the well child checks. Ask your pediatrician if your child is getting enough fluoride.
- Brush twice a day using a soft bristled toothbrush with water. Usually after breakfast and before bedtime are the best times. Limit juice to 4oz a day at meal time.
- Brush! Encourage your child to brush their teeth on their own. However, make sure the teeth are clean and brush them again. If your child resists, turn brushing teeth into a game.
- Use fluoride toothpaste. Teach your child not to swallow and to only use a small pea-sized amount on a child appropriate toothbrush.
- Begin flossing your child’s teeth as soon as the teeth start to touch.
Basic proper dental care can help prevent cavities which are small holes in the enamel of the tooth caused by decay. Let’s try to avoid cavities and keep those smiles bright!