When Will My Kids See Their Grown-up Smile?

When your child is born, he or she has two sets of teeth in the jaw bone.  These teeth started developing early on during gestation, and they continue to form until they’re ready to erupt through the gums and into the mouth.

Your infant will typically start cutting teeth around the age of 6 months to 1 year of age.  This first set of teeth is called primary teeth, baby teeth, or even milk teeth.  By the time your little one is three, he or she should have cut in the entire set, which consists of 20 teeth (ten per arch.)

However, primary teeth are temporary, and around the age of six, your child will start to lose them.

What About Adult Teeth?

As your child grows, the permanent, or adult teeth, continue to develop under the primary ones. Once they’re ready to make their debut, they will push out of the gum, forcing the baby teeth to fall out.  Sometimes a child will lose a primary tooth prematurely (due to an accident or decay), but the permanent tooth won’t come in until it’s closer to its normal eruption window. 

The Makings of an Adult Smile

Consistently over the next few years, your child will be losing baby teeth and cutting in his or her new, adult ones.  The first permanent teeth to come in are the front four teeth on the upper and lower arches.  Next come the canines (“eye teeth,”) and/or the first molars. The first molars don’t take the place of any baby teeth, as they erupt as the last tooth on each side, per arch. You may have heard these called the “six year molars,” due to them commonly erupting around the age of six.

A few years into this transition period, your child will lose his or her baby molars, and permanent premolars (bicuspids) will take their place.  Your child will also receive his or her second molars, commonly referred to as the “twelve year molars,” behind the first set.

By the time your child becomes a teenager, he or she will likely have lost all twenty baby teeth, leaving 28 permanent ones.

There is one final stage of dentition, however, not everyone will experience it. Unlike the 28 other permanent teeth which developed in utero, the third molars, or wisdom teeth, start to develop around the age of 10 years.  These teeth may begin to erupt out of the bone and gum in their late teens. A select few individuals will be lucky enough to never get their 3rd molars!

Tomorrow Night at AMC, Deadpool 2 is Sensory Friendly

AMC Entertainment (AMC) has expanded their Sensory Friendly Films program in partnership with the Autism Society. This Tuesday evening, families affected by autism or other special needs have the opportunity to view a sensory friendly screening of Deadpool 2, a film that may appeal to older audiences on the autism spectrum.

As always, the movie auditoriums will have their lights turned up and the sound turned down. Families will be able to bring in snacks to match their child’s dietary needs (i.e. gluten-free, casein-free, etc.), there are no advertisements or previews before the movie and it’s totally acceptable to get up and dance, walk, shout, talk to each other…and even sing – in other words, AMC’s “Silence is Golden®” policy will not be enforced during movie screenings unless the safety of the audience is questioned.

Does it make a difference? Absolutely! Imagine …no need to shhhhh your child. No angry stares from other movie goers. Many parents think twice before bringing a child to a movie theater. Add to that your child’s special needs and it can easily become cause for parental panic. But on this one day a month, for this one screening, everyone is there to relax and have a good time, everyone expects to be surrounded by kids – with and without special needs – and the movie theater policy becomes “Tolerance is Golden“.

AMC and the Autism Society will be showing Deadpool 2 as a sensory friendly feature film tomorrow, Tuesday, May 22nd at 7pm (local time). Tickets can be as low as $4 to $6 depending on the location. To find a theatre near you, here is a list of AMC theatres nationwide participating in this fabulous program (note: to access full list, please scroll to the bottom of the page).

Still to Come in MayShow Dogs (Sat. 5/26)

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Editor’s note: Deadpool 2 has been chosen by AMC and the Autism Society for a Tuesday Sensory Friendly “Mature Audience” screening. Parents should be advised that it is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America.  As always, please check the IMDB Parents Guide for a more detailed description of this film to determine if it is right for you and your family.

Can I Get Pregnant Right After My Period? Teens Need to Know

Yes, although it is not very likely. If you have sex without using contraception, you can conceive (get pregnant) at any time during your menstrual cycle, even during, or just after, your period.

You can also get pregnant if you have never had a period before, during your first period, or after the first time you have sex.

There is no “safe” time of the month, when you can have sex without contraception and not risk becoming pregnant. However, there are times in your menstrual cycle when you are at your most fertile, and this is when you are most likely to conceive.

Understanding your menstrual cycle

Your menstrual cycle begins on the first day of your period and continues up to the first day of your next period. You are most fertile at the time of ovulation, (when an egg is released from your ovaries) which usually occurs 12-14 days before your next period starts. This is the time of the month when you are most likely to get pregnant.

It is unlikely that you will get pregnant just after your period, although it can happen. It is important to remember that sperm can sometimes survive in the body for up to seven days after you have sex. This means that it may be possible to get pregnant soon after your period finishes if you ovulate early, especially if you have a naturally short menstrual cycle.

You should always use contraception when you have sex, if you do not want to become pregnant.

Further information:

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Child Health & Safety News 5/14: Trump Requests $7B CHIP Cut

twitter thumbIn this week’s Child Health News: FDA expands approval of Gilenya as treament for multiple sclerosis specifically for adolescent and pediatric patients bit.ly/2Iama1n 

Welcome to Pediatric Safety’s weekly “Child Health & Safety News Roundup”- a recap of the past week’s child health and safety news headlines from around the world. Each day we use social media to communicate relevant and timely health and safety information to the parents, medical professionals and caregivers who follow us. Occasionally we overlook something, but overall we think we’re doing a pretty good job of keeping you informed. Still, quite a bit happens every day – so to make sure you don’t miss anything, we offer you a recap of this week’s top 15 events & stories.

PedSafe Child Health & Safety News Headline of the Week
Trump asks Congress to cut $7 billion from child health insurance; locals say No bit.ly/2IxEjFZ

  • Tomorrow morning, Avengers: Infinity War is Sensory Friendly at AMC bit.ly/2jgRIUn 2018-5-11
  • Concerned about your kids having dental x-rays? Thurs Time Capsule 06/11 bit.ly/2rA0GzM 2018-5-10
  • When trauma is passed from Holocaust victims to children bit.ly/2IpTmkI 2018-5-09
  • Melania Trump Announces Her Official First Lady Initiative Called ‘Be Best’ ti.me/2Ip5J0A – “Be Best” at educating our children about the importance of a healthy and balanced life 2018-5-09
  • 15 Things Teens Should Know About Sex: Q&A bit.ly/2K6UZRI 2018-5-09
  • Climate Change and It’s Impact on Global Child Health – an Overview by the American Academy of Pediatrics bit.ly/2I3BKI3 2018-5-08
  • The Stricter a State’s Gun Laws, the Fewer Children Die From Guns, Study Finds bit.ly/2jGDAUX 2018-5-08
  • Who Here Is Certified in CPR or Basic First Aid? Ask The School!! bit.ly/2I1Zsod 2018-5-07
  • Depression among parents of newborns can persist 6 months after NICU discharge bit.ly/2HS8ubr Parental age, education and # of kids can influence risk 2018-5-07

What Are The Benefits Of A Well Child Exam?

When you child is acting sick or unusual you are right on top of that and many times that ends in a visit to his/her Pediatrician.  Your mind is put at ease (usually), your child may or may not be given medication for the problem, you go home feeling much better about your responsibilities as a parent, and within a short period of time your child is feeling better.  But what about all the well child/baby exams that are scheduled for regular intervals: are they really that important?  After all they are inconvenient, cost you money and often times you leave your Pediatricians office with information that you knew all the time; your child is healthy.

But what if you were not capable of determining the status of your child’s health; not out of lack of trying or intelligence, but a lack of familiarity with the normal course of things that should take place in your child’s development and growth.  In other words, how do you know what you don’t know? Always a difficult question to answer about any issue.  In this case there is someone readily available who has had many years of training in order to identify the abnormal among the myriad of normal processes going on at the same time in your child.  Not only that but he/she has had the opportunity through many years of practice and observation as a Pediatrician to help identify the subtle factors that many might miss leading one to feel there is a problem there.  He/she can then explain in everyday language what the issue is and what can be done about it.

Your Pediatrician is the best source of information about your child and how he/she fits into or out of “normal”.   Let’s take, for instance, a major reason for well- baby/child exams, growth and development.  You can immediately notice symptoms of a cold with runny nose, cough sneezing and possible some fever, but what do you look for to tell you there is slow down in development or growth? By the time you (as a parent) will notice such subtle issues, these might have been going on for some time, and the first reaction in parents to seeing these is to deny their existence- “not in my child”.  This can result in weeks or months of delay in recognition and treatment.  Sure you can read everything you come across about childhood growth and development and sure you will begin to pick up the most obvious factors but nothing substitutes for the knowledge your Doctor already has.  Not only able to pick up these issues early but to possibly set your mind at ease about things you have noticed and worried about that are really insignificant.  He will also keep an exact record of growth in your child to include height, weight, and head circumference (in babies) in order to spot early issues.

There are psychological and behavioral abnormalities that can be seen early in life that can begin to formulate a plan of action as your child grows older and bigger. An observation of family/, and child/physician interaction, can become very important to the trained eye as to “normal” vs out of the range of normal of a child.

Then there is the entire issue of protecting your child from injury and disease through the one on one counseling taking place in the office and the very important use of vaccines as directed by knowledgeable organizations such as American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC in Atlanta.  All the vaccines recommended have been tested and retested over a matter of many years before being released for use in children.

As you can seed there are a huge variety of reasons why your child should not miss  his/her regular well-child/baby exams, so try to stick with the schedule that is advised by your Pediatrician

The Instability of the “Dreamers'” Future Hurts All Children

If you follow the news at all, I’m sure you’ve heard about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. To summarize it, it is a program that has kept around 690,000 young, illegal immigrants from being deported. It was put into place by the Obama administration in 2012 after numerous attempts by Congress to come up with a permanent solution for “Dreamers” failed. The DACA provides children who were brought into the United States illegally, as minors, the ability to work and go to school without fear of deportation.

Many of these children grow up without having any idea of what their legal status is or what being illegal means. Now, they are facing a very uncertain future, especially those who plan to go to college. However, what I really want to address here is why the debate over what to do with Dreamers matters to us as guardians of young people.

When we choose to take responsibility for a child or teenager, even to the smallest degree, we are choosing to also have a direct impact on the future of our society. Culture affects young people differently than it does adults. As adults, we have, in many cases, been given the resources and experiences to learn which aspects of our culture we agree with and which we do not. We then build up a worldview that we protect and that protects our sense of self.

Children do not have this yet. They are still sorting through their understanding of the world and learning their emotions. It is up to us to guide them along that path. This brings me back to the debate over the DACA. Social environments have distinct impacts on child and adolescent development. Children must be able to have faith in the structures of authority that surround them. These structures are supposed to provide them with the safe space they need to develop as human beings. When these structures show themselves as unstable it has far reaching psychological effects not just for the children directly involved, but also for the rest of the population.

Uncertainty and fear can cripple the human mind, especially the tender developing mind of a child or teenager that is particularly vulnerable to stress. Many of these children who are now facing an uncertain future want to pursue higher education. Putting their futures in jeopardy hurts them as individuals and through their struggles their friends and their friends friends will lose faith in a system that is already on shaky ground. The ripple effect of this kind of uncertainty is sure to have lasting repercussions past what we can see.

As these uncertainties become more apparent, it falls on us as caretakers, to work even harder than we do already to provide a stable and healthy environment for our children and the children around us to grow in. We must listen to their needs and support them, as individuals, and as a whole as we strive towards a better future for all.

Children Learn What They Live

by Dorothy Law Nolte

If children live with criticism,

They learn to condemn.

If children live with hostility,

They learn to fight.

If children live with ridicule,

They learn to be shy.

If children live with shame,

They learn to feel guilty.

If children live with encouragement,

They learn confidence.

If children live with tolerance,

They learn to be patient.

If children live with praise,

They learn to appreciate.

If children live with acceptance,

They learn to love.

If children live with approval,

They learn to like themselves.

If children live with honesty,

They learn truthfulness.

If children live with security,

They learn to have faith in themselves and others.

If children live with friendliness,

They learn the world is a nice place in which to live.

(Copyright © 1972/1975 by Dorothy Law Nolte)