"Mom, do you know what's going on with my tongue? … It's got some weird patches on it … yuck!"
How's that for a question not commonly found in the parental handbook? What your child is most likely concerned about is what is referred to as a "geographic tongue." The condition is nothing serious, and it really doesn't have much to do with Geography. It is something you might want to know about, though, particularly if your child is wondering why their tongue suddenly looks like it’s sporting the map of Europe.
So, What IS that Funny Shape?
Geographic tongue is a harmless condition of the tongue caused by the loss of some of the tiny little pinkish-white "bumps" that cover the surface of the tongue. Those bumps, called papillae, serve two main functions, the first is to help create friction and grip the food that enters your mouth, and the second is to provide...
If your child is afraid of the dentist, they’re not alone. In fact, a majority of adults have a fear of the dentist –- as many as 75% -- according to the Dental Fears Research clinic at the University of Washington. This anxiety is primarily caused by a bad experience of his or her own during childhood. But such fears are unfounded, and helping to make your child comfortable during their visit is the best way to ensure a positive experience for everyone. What are some of the ways you can help?
Don’t Teach them to be Scared: One thing you have to realize is that fear of the dentist isn’t passed with mother’s milk. It’s an acquired fear. Ironically enough, parents are often the ones most responsible for teaching this fear to their unsuspecting offspring. Remember, kids don’t know they’re supposed to be scared. The first visit to a dentist is the same to...
Do you have little one who like to help in the kitchen but you are stressed out trying to find ways to include their help? Check out this fun article from our friends over at Hands On As We Grow. They share some insight in creative ways that you can include your children in your culinary opportunities.