Taking care of a new baby in the heat of summer can be tricky. We are always trying to weigh out the risks and benefits of taking our activities outside and when we do go outside, we wonder if we are taking all the necessary precautions to keep baby protected. Whether you plan on staying in or venturing out, here are a few things to consider to help keep your babe safe and comfortable.
You may imagine your little one smiling at you in the distant future with their full set of pearly white adult teeth, and taking care of their teeth can seem of utmost importance - and it is. Taking your child to regular dental appointments can help protect their teeth and overall oral health. However, a simple dental visit can easily create anxiety for both parent and child. Be proactive to ensure that your child is the happiest one at the dentist’s office, and you will probably be the happiest parent there.
As an optometrist, I am often presented with children and/or their parents expressing an interest in contact lenses. Although this may be a terrifying thought at first for parents, I think contact lenses can be a great addition to glasses, especially if your tween or teen is active in sports, extracurricular activities, or has a higher prescription.
Surgery is the last thing most new parents expect to encounter during their baby’s first year, yet many do. Anthony and Kimberly Pope’s seven-year-old son Braylon had surgery at four days old for intestinal blockage. Robert and Jessica Cordova took son Wesley in for hernia surgery at seven weeks old. Colin Smith and Emma Lantz’s son Arlo, now three, had fundoplication surgery for reflux at five months old, along with seven other surgical procedures during his first year of life.
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