Pediatric dentist know that all children are not alike. Every service is tailored to your child as an individual. Nitrous oxide/oxygen may not be effective for some children, especially those who have severe anxiety, nasal congestion or discomfort wearing a nasal mask. Your pediatric dentist will check your child’s medical history, level of anxiety and dental treatment needs and tell you if nitrous oxide/oxygen is recommended for your child. Pediatric dentists have comprehensive specialty training and can offer other sedation methods that are right for your child. Looking for more posts about nitrous oxide?

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Why can’t my child sleep?

We all have occasional trouble sleeping, but up to 10 percent of children report ongoing problems. Some wrestle with shuteye because their brains won’t turn off. For others, it is irregular routines, trouble sleeping alone, or over stimulation from TV. Poor diet and lack of exercise may also contribute. The first step in relieving your child’s sleep difficulties is to find the cause. Check with your pediatrician to rule out a medical reason. Then, focus on adjusting your family’s routine to foster better sleep. Try increasing his activity level during the day so he is more tired at night, but finish physical activity at least two hours before bed. The same is true for other stimulating activities, like TV or video games. Help your child learn to relax before hitting the hay by reading quietly to himself. See some post about kindergarten. Leave us your comments. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Let us know what other topics you would like to have discussed. Share this post with your friends.

Tossing, Turning

I can’t sleep.

Yes, you can get your kindergartener out the door on time. Let the mad dash to school begin! For most parents, mornings are especially difficult because you and your child have very different agendas. You need to get yourself to work and your child to school on time and you are focused on getting everyone out the door without being late. Your child, however, is probably hoping to play with the cat or catch some more Zz’s. When he should be putting on his shoes, he might instead be found organizing his rock collection or dancing barefoot around his room.

Dawdling and living in the moment are standard operating procedure for 5 and 6-year-olds. Children at this age have no real sense of time or urgency. Because they have not yet developed organizational skills and can have a hard time with transitions, multitasking is not easy. Kindergarteners are also still learning to delay gratification, which makes it hard for them to choose what they should be doing and not what they want to be doing.

Overseeing the family’s morning routine can be stressful. Since your child will feed off your energy, try to stay as calm and relaxed as possible. Make sure the directions you give are concise and firm. In difficult moments, remember that your child is not intentionally trying to make you late; sometimes kids just run on their own schedules.

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Morning Management

Reassuring your preschooler when she feels frightened. The world can be a scary place, especially when you are only a few feet tall. Whether it is because of the dark, heights or dogs, preschoolers can become frightened. Rear is nature’s way of encouraging kids this age to be cautious, particularly in new situations, since they are still learning the basics about the world around them.

Intangible things that are unpredictable, like thunder and lightning or the loud sounds in a movie, can be terrifying for threes and fours. With their heightened imaginations, it is difficult for them to distinguish between fantasy and reality, which is why some movies may be too much for your child. Then she is scared, you child’s heart may start to beat faster and her tummy may feel upset. Emotionally, she is anxious and wants to withdraw from the situation.

When your child is upset, your natural response is to offer her a reassuring hug and let her hide under your arm. She will also need verbal reassurances that you understand her feelings. You might also offer her a few options to calm her nerves. For example, walking around the block or reading a favorite story.

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Reassuring Your Preschooler

Safe and Sound

Materials

  1. Poster board and scrapbook paper
  2. Photo of your child
  3. Glue stick and removable tape
  4. Calendar template (many available online)

Cut the poster board to the size and shape of your choice. Glue the scrapbook paper and photo onto the poster board and allow to dry.

Tape the calendar template onto the poster board. As each month comes to a close, you can easily remove the template (save it in your scrapbook!) and replace it with a current one.

Each evening, write a note in the proper square about something you and your child enjoyed together today.

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Check out more fun projects for you and your child for Thanksgiving. Table Hearts

Sweet Memories Calendar

Family Calendar

 

Materials

  1. Colored clay or Sculpey
  2. Rolling pin and heart-shaped cookie cutter
  3. Letter stickers and permanent markers

Roll the clay or Sculpey out on a protected surface so that it is about a quarter of an inch thick. Then cut out heart shapes using the cookie cutter.

Bake the hearts according to the directions on the clay or Sculpey package. When they have hardened and cooled, write “Thank You” on the front of each using letter stickers and allow to dry.

Write the name of a guest at your table and something about that person that you are thankful for on the back of each heart using the permanent markers.

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Thank You!

Materials

  1. Styrofoam ball
  2. black craft point
  3. tacky glue
  4. pipe cleaners and googly eyes

Paint the Styrofoam ball and allow to dry.

Stick the ends of eight pieces of pipe cleaner into the Styrofoam ball as legs.

Attach googly eyes using glue and allow to dry.

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Halloween

You can cut out and glue on any felt shapes you like! Find old school inspiration for your designs at vintagehalloween.com.

Materials

  1. large pillowcase
  2. felt (black, yellow, orange) and fabric glue
  3. sewing machine or needle and thread and ribbon

Turn the pillowcase inside out. Line the top with a 4′ long piece of ribbon, fold the top over the ribbon and sew in place to create a drawstring.

Turn the pillowcase right side out and cut the shapes of a cat’s face, ears and eyes out of the felt.

Glue the cat’s face onto the bag and allow to dry.

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