Tooth decay is now considered the most common childhood disease, affecting one in seven 3 to 5-year-olds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Untreated tooth decay and cavities can be bad news for your child's baby teeth, as well as their future oral health. While toddler tooth decay is a serious issue, it can be prevented by making proactive changes to your child’s diet and oral care routine.

National Children’s Dental Health Month is a time to increase awareness of oral health and promote good oral health habits. Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children. There are, however, safe and effective preventive measures that can protect teeth.  Throughout this month, we will discuss those measures. Parents, see below for oral tips for children 0-12 years old.

Baby having trouble sleeping? Crazy as it sounds to new moms, putting baby to bed in a burrito-style wrap—also known as swaddling—just might do the trick.

If your baby tends to be gassy, has gastroesophageal reflux, or seems fussy during feeding, try burping your little one after every ounce during bottle-feeding or every 5 minutes during breastfeeding.

Being a first-time parent can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Read on to learn tips on diapering and bathing your baby.

You've gone through pregnancy, labor, and delivery, and now you're ready to go home and begin life with your baby. Once home, use these tips to help you, as a first-time parent, feel confident about caring for your newborn.

Did you know that using hands-on activities is one of the best ways for children to learn? Research shows that children who are taught using hands-on teaching methods do better in school than those who are not.

“Among the most sacred gifts you can give your child is the gift of health…”

--- Dr. Rand Olson

Every parent wants a healthy child. Below are some tips to take to insure the health of your child is grand. 

Life passes us by quick enough as it is. Let your child be a child, regardless of how old they are. To help make sure your child isn’t robbed of their youth, here are several tips you can follow, one for each day of the week to think about.

At this time of year we tend to expect “best behavior” from our children.  Instead we get tears and tantrums, sulking and defiance. With friends and relatives around, our parenting is on display and our desire to be seen as good parents with perfectly behaved children makes everything harder.

Here’s a check list to help you avoid your worst Christmas nightmare and fill you and your family with festive cheer instead.

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