That’s gonna leave a mark: Cuts, stitches & scars
Feb18

That’s gonna leave a mark: Cuts, stitches & scars

When is a Band-Aid (or a kiss) not enough? A cut (or skin laceration) needs professional medical treatment if the edges of the wound don’t stay together easily or if you can’t stop the bleeding. That’s it. The same principle applies to tongue injuries and other cuts inside the lip or mouth. If a wound inside the mouth flaps around when a child eats, or speaks, it needs repair. But if a child can eat and the mouth isn’t bleeding after...

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Baby’s soft spot protects brain and more!
Feb11

Baby’s soft spot protects brain and more!

I gladly oblige when parents ask me to check their baby’s soft spot; and then I pronounce it’s just fine. But the truth is that I don’t know what I’m checking. Nobody does. The tough tissue of the soft spot is so strong that it really won’t even stretch much if there is a brain problem1. And the pulsations from the soft spot, which are admittedly a little freaky, are not understood at all. What we do know is that the flexible...

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Handle a baby tooth injury with ease
Dec28

Handle a baby tooth injury with ease

At least half of all kids will damage a baby tooth in a toddler fall. And 99% of those will occur on Christmas Eve, Easter or any other time dentist offices are closed. I got a text message from a friend this year on Christmas Eve after her daughter hit her front tooth. She was worried that the tooth would fall out and she’d be staring at a prize-fighter-looking baby for the next 3 years. Don’t worry about the cosmetic effect of a...

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