Health Briefs

Beware of tooth decay

Beware of tooth decay

Despite all the advances in dental care, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research reports that tooth decay is prevalent among 42 percent of children ages 2 to 11. Many national organizations agree that tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children.

We all have bacteria in the mouth. When we eat a lot of sugary foods, bacteria secrete acids that can wear away tooth enamel and cause cavities. To help prevent this, offer your children healthier snacks like fresh fruits and vegetables.

The good news is that regular dental visits can help your children stay cavity-free. Taking charge of your child’s oral health in the early years is worth the effort. There is a good chance he or she will continue using the healthy habits you instill. Those habits increase the odds that your child will have a healthy mouth, gums and teeth – and a smile that will last a lifetime.

Check your child’s chair

Check your child’s chair

Emergency room visits for high chair accidents increased 22 percent between 2003 and 2010. Now, more than 9,400 occur each year – with falls accounting for about 93 percent of high chair-related hospital visits.

Falls account for 93% of high chair-related hospital visits.

To reduce the risk for high chair injuries, use both the waist and crotch straps, and pull them tight. Also:

  • Make sure the high chair cannot be easily tipped.
  • Ensure it is locked in the open position before each use.
  • Place the chair a safe distance away from countertops and tables. Your child may be able to push hard enough against these surfaces to tip the chair over.
  • Always supervise young children while they are in a high chair, and do not allow older children to climb or play on it because this could also tip it over.

Finally, parents should periodically look at recall lists for high chairs at Recalls.gov.

We are Baby-Friendly

We are Baby-Friendly

Little ones who are breastfed have lower risks for infections, allergies and obesity. Also, their moms have a lower risk for certain cancers and may be more likely to lose weight gained while pregnant.

Internationally recognized as a Baby-Friendly-designated maternity hospital, University Hospitals MacDonald Women’s Hospital offers prenatal education, breastfeeding resources and other services to benefit both mother and baby. Learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding at UHhospitals.org/Breastfeeding.

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