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How To Keep Your Child's Teeth In Great Condition

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How To Keep Your Child's Teeth In Great Condition

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When you become a parent, your child becomes the most important thing to you. You want to make sure they start their life on the right footing and protect them from harm. One of the ways to achieve both those goals is by ensuring you help them look after their teeth.

Giving your child's teeth the best care and attention means they will have a significantly high likelihood of developing adult teeth that won't cause them any problems in later life.

After all: the only reason you want your child to see an emergency pediatric dentist is if they've accidentally injured one of their teeth - not because they've started decaying due to a lack of care!

Taking the above points on board, the following tips and tricks can help you and your child protect their young teeth:

Regular Brushing

The most obvious way to help your child protect their teeth is by ensuring they stick to a daily tooth brushing routine. You might worry that they'll avoid brushing their teeth because they find the routine boring or annoying. But you can always make it fun!

For example, you can buy them an electric toothbrush with their favorite cartoon character on it, or you could hum a song with them if you brush your teeth with them simultaneously.

Avoiding Sugary Foods And Drinks

It's no coincidence that eating and drinking many things with high sugar levels can do bad things to teeth. The thing about sugar is that it erodes the enamel in teeth and can cause cavities to form.

The bacteria in your child's mouth can use sugar to create acids that attack enamel and can eventually cause other issues like further tooth decay and even tooth loss.

Whenever your child has something sugary, make sure they drink some water or rinse their mouth out with it afterward.

Consuming A Balanced Diet

A quick search on the Internet will reveal the many health benefits that consuming a balanced diet offers. Eating plenty of fruit and vegetables, for example, will boost your child's immune system and increase the nutrients and vitamins their body needs.

Ensuring your child consumes a balanced diet will also help protect their teeth because the food they eat will help promote healthy teeth and gums.

Scheduling Dental Check-Ups

Another way to help keep your son or daughter's teeth in good condition is by scheduling annual or bi-annual dental check-ups. Doing so is an excellent way to check on your child's dental progress and can help alert you to any potential problems in the future.

If you take the above steps to help look after your child's teeth, dental check-ups will be the only reason they see the dentist each year!

Drinking Plenty Of Water

One final but essential tip to ensuring your offspring drinks plenty of water each day. Firstly, water will keep them hydrated, and it's a beverage with no sugar.

Secondly, water will help flush away any food debris or sugar from anything they've consumed. Lastly, water is readily available, and you should encourage them to drink it at school, when they visit their friends, or attend a birthday party.


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10 Home Appliance Hazards To Look Out For

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Today’s home appliances are much safer than appliances that existed 20 or 30 years ago. However, you still need to be careful as to how you use them. There are all kinds of unwanted accidents that can occur if you fail to maintain or operate appliances properly - this includes everything from food contamination to house fires. Below are just some of the biggest home appliance hazards to look out for.

Fridge filth

Failing to keep your fridge clean could lead to you getting very ill. Spillages, leakages and crumbs that aren’t cleaned away can often end up containing bacteria, which can breed over time. This bacteria can then end up contaminating other foods in your fridge. 

To avoid this, make sure to clean any spillages up straight away. On top of this, try to take the time to occasionally deep-clean the shelves of your fridge with a wet cloth. You can also prevent contamination by always sealing opened or unpackaged foods. It could also be worth keeping meats on the bottom shelf to prevent any juices dripping onto foods below. 

Dirty dryer ducts

Does your dryer have a duct vent? If so, when was the last time you cleaned it out? Over time, dryer ducts can collect build-ups of lint. This needs to be cleaned out, otherwise it will eventually cause a blockage. Heat then won’t be able to escape the dryer and this lint will likely catch fire. In fact, there are thousands of house fires every year caused by dirty dryer duct vents. 

You can clean this vent yourself or you can hire a professional company like DUCTZ to clean it out for you. Dirty dryer vents aren’t the only cause of dryer-related fires - make sure to also keep your dryer well-ventilated and don’t place any flammable items too close to it. 

Toaster crumbs

Another appliance that is responsible for many house fires is the toaster. Toasters can accumulate crumbs at the bottom over time. If you don’t clean out these crumbs, they end up being recooked every time you use your toaster. Eventually, they could catch fire, at which point your toaster is likely to go up in flames.

If you use your toaster regularly, make sure to also regularly clean it out. Wait until it's cool, unplug it and then tip out any crumbs before cleaning out the inside with a cloth or a spare toothbrush. 

Stovetop clutter

Unsurprisingly, ovens are a major cause of home fires. One of the biggest dangers is kitchen clutter on or around the stove - items like letters, takeaway menus, recipe books or cereal packets could be at risk of catching alight. Even other countertop appliances can overheat and catch fire if you’re not careful. 

To be safe, keep the area around your oven clear of any items that could potentially be flammable. 

Unsupervised space heaters

Electric space heaters used to be a major source of house fires. This isn’t the case nowadays as fewer people own these appliances, plus many modern space heaters are a lot safer. However, they can still be dangerous if placed too close to a flammable item like a curtain or allowed to fall face-down onto a carpet or wooden floor.

The best way to avoid a space heater fire is to never leave these appliances unattended. You can then pick them up if they fall over and prevent a fire. As mentioned already, many modern space heaters are much safer and some even have automatic off switches that trigger if they fall over. 

Washer leaks

When it comes to washing machines, there are a few dangers to look out for. One of the biggest dangers is a leak. Water from a leaking washing machine can cause electrical fires, electric shocks and slip injuries. Damp caused by a water leak can also encourage mould growth, which could lead to unhealthy air quality. 

Leaks are more common with older washing machines. Once you notice a leak, get it repaired immediately. If leaks keep occurring, it could be time to get a new washing machine. 

Microwaved metals

There are a few things you should never put in your microwave. One material that you should definitely keep out of your microwave is metal. This includes tinfoil, metal bowls or a metal fork left on a plate. 

Metal reflects microwaves, which means that any food placed in a metal bowl will most likely not cook. However, the biggest danger is the risk of ‘arcing’ - jagged and uneven metal surfaces may cause sparks, which could lead to your microwave setting on fire. Try to stick glass or ceramic containers that are labelled as microwave-safe. 

Frayed cables

Over time, cables on appliances may get damaged. This can lead to wires being exposed, which could lead to a risk of electric shock or a fire. 

If appliances have frayed cables, consider getting them repaired or buy a new appliance. Cables are most likely to get damaged on older appliances, however a cable on a newer appliance can still get damaged if pests get hold of it or if it is yanked or bent too hard. 

Odd odours

Are your appliances creating an odd smell? There are a few smells that you should be wary of. Musty smells could be due to the presence of mould, while rotten smells could be due to spoiled food - this could be a sign that your appliances need to be thoroughly cleaned out. Burning smells are meanwhile never good - you should turn off any appliance if it is producing a burning smell, as it could mean it is overheating and a fire may already be imminent. A sweet chemical smell from a refrigerator could meanwhile be a freon leak,  which is toxic and should be repaired immediately. Gas smells from a gas oven meanwhile could be a sign of a gas leak - open the windows, get out of the house as soon as you can and call an emergency plumber to deal with the problem. 

This post at Domex lists a few of the smells to watch out for and how to get rid of them. In most cases, odd odours can be eliminated by simply cleaning your appliances. 

Wet hands

Handling electrical appliances when you have wet hands is an obvious but common mistake that many people make. You could get a nasty electrical shock, which in some cases could even be fatal. 

If you’ve just been doing the washing up or you’ve just cleaned your hands, make sure to dry them off before you start handling plugs and switches. 


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What Does Your Teen Actually Need From You?

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Parenting is the most magical thing you’ll ever do, but it does present new challenges once your son or daughter becomes a teen. This is a strange time in their lives, and it can leave you feeling a little useless from time to time. However, your teen still needs you in their life.


Knowing what your teen actually wants and needs from you can seem like a battle in itself. As long as you pay attention to the following features, stunning results should follow.


To Know You Are There


Teenagers are unlikely to rely on your guidance in daily life quite like they did during the toddler years. Nonetheless, a close relationship between parent and child is still vital. Maintaining a strong relationship with your teen will give them a source of stability. It also provides an outlet for them to discuss any issues that they may face in daily life. 


Given that those issues could range from bodily changes to problems at school. Providing this platform is key. Even if your child doesn’t feel the need to open up that often, knowing that they can is an emotional safety blanket.


A Growing Level Of Independence 


While teens still need their parents, this is also a time of self-discovery. As such, they will require increased independence. It allows them to maintain popularity with friends, become more responsible over the years, and feel ready for adult life. It is particularly important if they plan to go away for college as they’d suddenly need to fend for themselves.


As well as giving them more responsibility, you should help them learn valuable life skills like how to cook. Meanwhile, paying for your child’s driving lessons can be priceless. Not least because it is a qualification that they can use for life.


A Responsive Approach To Problems


Teeneagers see their bodies undergo many changes. While many of them are normal, there are several situations that need outside support. Taking them to see a pediatric chiropractor for muscle issues that are beyond growing pains can work wonders. The realignment can combat pains. Ongoing exercises will promote a full recovery.


As well as physical damage, you should pay attention to signs that your child needs help with mental health problems. Whether it’s medication or therapy, treating anxiety at the earliest stage will be vital. Letting them suffer is never the answer.


A Chance To Thrive


Every family has a different living situation. The fact is that you can’t help the fact that you need your teen to help care for a sibling or change your financial situation. While you can’t shield them from the reality of life, they should be able to enjoy life to the full. After all, these are some of the most magical years in their lives. Or at least they should be.


Your teen may have more responsibilities than some of their friends. Even so, there should be time for them to play out or enjoy hobbies. Likewise, they deserve the opportunity to complete homework and other tasks. Time is the greatest gift you can give.


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3 Steps To Take When Your Aging Parents Need Help

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While everyone makes an effort to stay healthy, there comes a point where that’s almost as possible. As people age, their bodies start breaking down.

That can be seen in multiple ways, from cognitive decline to loss of mobility. Many people often see this with their parents. It can be an emotional and heart-wrenching time.

If you’ve found yourself in this position, you mightn’t know what to do when your aging parents need help. There could be much to take care of.

Though you could need to take multiple steps to help your aging parents, a few can be more important than the others.

What To Do When Your Aging Parents Need Help: 3 Top Steps

Figure Out Their Needs

The first thing you’ll need to do before making any decisions is to understand your parents’ needs. For some, it could be as simple as needing to have their meals cooked.

Others could need much more. You’ll need to tailor your decisions based on the help that your parents need. You should focus on multiple areas with this, including:

  • Safety

  • Medical Needs

  • Hygiene

  • Social Interaction

  • Cognitive Needs

Once you know what your parents’ needs are, you’ll be able to make much better decisions for the help they need.

Understand Care Options

You might assume that the only way that you can help your parents is by putting them in a home. You’ll have multiple care options available, however.

You should keep these in mind when making your decision. When you’re doing so, it’s worth ensuring that the likes of financial elder abuse, among other things, can’t take place.

That means understanding your options in detail and comparing them. The main options you’ll have are:

  • In-home help

  • Assisted living communities

  • Geriatricians

Many of these could be the right option for your parents.

Include Your Parents In Care Decisions

Everyone wants to be in control of their life. While your parents mightn’t have a say in needing help, they’ll still want to exercise some control.

You should do your best to give them this. Letting them have a say in as many of the decisions as possible is recommended.

Though this isn’t always possible, you should do it when you’re able. It could take you a while to get them involved in the discussion, as they could be resistant at first.

Once they’re involved, however, things will get much easier. Remember to ensure they feel comfortable and supported throughout the process.

What To Do When Your Aging Parents Need Help: Wrapping Up

If you don’t know what to do when your aging parents need help, it can be a confusing and emotional time. You’ll want to help but you wouldn’t know what steps to take.

While there’ll be multiple things to look after, some will be more important than others. You’ll need to keep them in mind when you’re helping your parents.

Each of the above steps will be vital during the process. As difficult as it may seem, it can be simpler than you’d think. Though it’ll be an emotional time, it’s something that’ll need to be done.


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Keep A Healthy Relationship With Your Child As A Weekend Parent

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Are you a weekend parent? Ultimately, it’s possible that your partner is the main care provider for your child due to your relationship ending. This means that you will likely only see your child at the weekends, some evenings or in the holidays. The reason for this is that courts don’t tend to provide equal custody unless you live close enough for the child to go to the same school while they are with you. This can be restricting because it limits how far away you can move from your partner and you probably don’t want to be close to someone that you have split from. 


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Keep Things Amicable 


First, you need to make sure that you work to keep things amicable between you and your partner. It’s important to ensure that your child doesn’t feel as though they are entering a battle ground when they see you or that they have to choose a side. This should start from the beginning because rather than heading to court for a divorce you can explore an option like family mediation. This will put far less of a strain on the relationship your child has with you and your partner. 


Make Your Time Together Count 


Next, you should think about the time that you spend together when they are in your care or at your house. It’s important that you make the time, however limited, count. This might mean that you should avoid going on your phone or another tech device when you are with your kids. It doesn't matter what you do as long as you are spending time that is focused on them or the both of you. 


Use The Tech At Your Fingertips


It’s important to use the tech at your fingertips when you are a weekend parent. You won’t always be able to see your child in person as often as you like. But there’s no limit on how often you can call them or speak to them. If you are comfortable with your former partner, then you can likely speak to them every day. That’s important as it ensures that you are a more active part of their life. It might seem unnecessary to ring them every day as very little is going to change in 24 hours. However, you can ask them about their day, make sure you keep up with their interests and be there if anything is wrong. 


Plan Activities 


Finally, you should think about planning out activities that you can enjoy together when your child is over or you are visiting. This will stop you from doing nothing for two days which can be dull for you and your child. Instead, you should think about engaging in lots of different activities. This could include everything from bowling to other sports or simple planning a movie night in the house. 


You might think that if you are only seeing your child on weekends or in the holidays then it could impact your relationship. The good news is that there are steps that you can take to guarantee this won’t happen. Here are some of the options we recommend. 


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4 Ways to Boost Your Self-Confidence

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The more confident you are, the easier it is to get through life. When you have high self-esteem you are far more likely to pursue your goals and dreams than you would be if you did not feel happy with who and what you are.


By boosting your self-confidence, then, you can make pretty much every area of your life, from work to dating, better, more fulfilling, and ultimately happier. But, how exactly do you boost your self-confidence? Here are a few ideas:  


1. Write down your positive qualities


We all have positive qualities, but if your self-esteem is low, it might not feel like that. Sit down with your journal and spend as long as you need to jotting down your positive qualities. Are you a hard worker? A good friend? A committed volunteer? Pretty soon your pen will be flowing and you will come to see that, actually, as a person, you’re not bad at all.


2. Improve your appearance


Many people feel better about themselves when they look good. If you are one of them, doing what you can to improve your appearance, whether it’s getting a new wardrobe tailored to fit you like a glove or booking teeth whitening sessions with your dentist, once it’s done, you will look great, and looking great will help to boost your confidence, even if it’s only just a little.


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3. Be kind to yourself


You’re probably kind to everyone you meet from friends and family members to co-workers and the people you meet in line at the store, but are you kind to yourself? If you are the kind of person who never has a good word to say about yourself, it will obviously knock your self-esteem. 


If you want to be confident, you need to start being kind to yourself, so every time you think a bad thought, whether it’s I’m too fat or I’m useless at work, think about what a good friend would say and tell yourself that. This will require your brain to think more positively about yourself and you will see a vast improvement in your self-confidence if you keep it up.


4. Set yourself a challenge


If you have no self-confidence, you will probably hate the idea of setting yourself a challenge because you will probably feel worthless and ineffective. However, doing so is a really good way to turn things around.


If you set a challenge that is not too easy, but also not impossible to achieve, and you work on meeting your goals, you will have lots of little successes along the way that show you that you are useful and you can do things if you put your mind to it. This will build up your confidence better than almost anything else, and when you achieve that ultimate goal... well you’ll be absolutely beaming with confidence, that’s for sure!


You deserve to be confident, and high self-esteem can really open doors for you, so do whatever you can to feel better about yourself today!


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PPD & Me: 5 Tips That Can Help You Manage The Situation

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Post Partum Depression is a very common issue facing new mothers and the symptoms can feel even worse in the post pandemic era. After all, we all (not just parents) have been more prone to bouts of sadness and a lack of energy. The truth is that there is no magic cure for the situation. On a brighter note, however, you can learn to manage PPD in a better manner.


The first step is to accept the situation and realize that it’s not your fault. You wouldn’t punish yourself for any other health complaint and should never consider ignoring PDD. Focus on the following responses, and you should see a noticeable improvement in the way you feel.


Focus on providing for your child


Becoming a parent changes your life forever. Even when you do not feel in control of personal matters, giving your child the best start in life will be a major triumph. Experts at Foryourlittleone can help you find the perfect baby products for the nursery and daily life. Aside from the right surroundings, you will want to master some nutritious meals for when your baby reaches the wearing stage. Remember that your childcare workers are available to answer your questions and provide any advice that you may require too. 


Establish a sense of organization


PPD can often leave you feeling all over the place. Therefore, restoring a sense of control should be one of the top items on your agenda. While it’s great to set long-term goals, learning to take each day as a new challenge is equally vital. There are many reasons to create a daily routine, but it will ultimately allow you to stay on the right track at all times. Likewise, you will find that a schedule is hugely beneficial for your child. It may help you with issues like establishing a positive sleep routine.


Talk


As a new parent, most of your time is dedicated to your child. While it is an amazing and beautiful thing, there is no doubt that it can leave you feeling a little lonely from time to time. Social activities with other adults will have a positive impact, and this should include time with non-parents too. Perhaps more importantly, you must also remember that keeping your PPD locked up inside will do you no favors. Mental health experts are available while even using forums like Whattoexpect can be useful. You will no longer feel alone on this journey.


Try to reduce stress


It would be impossible to eliminate stress from your life. However, high stress levels will continue to make your PPD symptoms feel worse. So, any opportunity to reduce stress should be grabbed with both hands. Gaining control of your financial health is a good starting point. Avoiding people and habits that trigger stress or responses that indirectly cause stress will help. If nothing else, it will free your mind and allow you to enjoy the moments where PPD isn’t in control. 


Live Healthily


As a new parent, your child will be the priority. Still, you must remember that a healthy and happy mom is a better mom. With this in mind, there should be no sense of guilt about taking care of yourself. Make time for meditation and exercise. Eat the right foods. And be OK with the fact that you need personal hobbies and daily activities that focus on you rather than your child. In many cases, your baby will still be involved. Even when they aren’t, the balanced lifestyle will allow you to become an even better parent while also reducing PPD.



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