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Spring is here. The weather is getting warmer, and yes, spring sports are in full gear. That’s why April is National Youth Sports Safety Month. This month helps create awareness of protecting youths from sports injuries, including oral traumas, which can happen when not using a custom mouthguard.
More than 3.5 million children aged 14 years and under receive medical treatment for sports injuries, according to Safe Kids USA. Most of these injuries include sprains, muscle strains, bone or growth plate injuries, repetitive motion injuries, heat related injures and of course head injures (concussions and mouth traumas).
Sports safety includes having the right safety gear such as a helmet, pads, gloves, and mouthguards. Using the right equipment correctly decreases that chances of injuries while letting children enjoy playing sports.
Now with childhood obesity epidemic, it’s even more important to stress physical activity in children. Sports are a great way to promote healthy activity, however, the catch 22 comes with sports injuries. While most injuries are not life threatening, injures can become quite expensive. Emergency room trips, minor surgeries or even a loss of teeth can end up costing much more than buying the right equipment and ensuring the overall safety of children.
Here is a short checklist to use to prevent youth injuries during activities:
- Check the athletic grounds for hazards like rocks, holes or water.
- Equip children with appropriate and properly sized/adjusted protective gear for practices and games.
- Get your child a sports physical before he/she starts the season.
- Actively supervise children during play.
- Ensure responsible adults know and enforce the safety rules of the sport,
- Have supervisors present to provide supervision and are trained in first aid and CPR.
- Providing children with adequate rest breaks during practice and games.
Now is the month to get in the habit of ensuring the right protection during sports. One of the best ways to do that is using the right protection equipment, such as a custom fit mouthguard.
Equipped with the the right protection, such as a mouthguard, your children can enjoy the outside weather and play ball!
There comes a time when all parents have to ask the question “do I let my baby use a pacifier?’ There are benefits along with consequences to baby pacifiers, according to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD).
Of course, there are plenty of positives. For example, pacifiers provide a source of comfort for infants. They also assist in greatly reducing the occurrence of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Babies with pacifiers sleep less deeply than those without, so they are aroused from sleep easily to prevent the stoppage of breathing.
But just like everything else, there is a downside to pacifiers. They can negatively affect the growth and development of teeth and the mouth. Prolonged pacifier use can change the roof of the mouth’s shape, prevent proper growth of the mouth and can create issues with tooth alignment.
Because of the significant problems of pacifier of use there are some points parents have to remember:
- Restrict pacifier use when the infant needs to fall asleep
- Look for a pacifier with ventilation holes in the shield to increase breathing ability.
- Always clean the pacifier before giving it to the baby
Breaking the habit
AGD recommends that children should stop using pacifiers up to the age of two. If anything goes beyond that then alignment problems with the teeth or the developing bone is usually corrected after pacifier use is stopped.
But breaking the habit of pacifier use is not easy. Here are some suggestions the AGD proposes to help stop the habit.
- Dip the pacifier in white vinegar
- Pierce the top of the pacifier or cut it shorter to reduce sucking satisfaction
- Leave it behind on a trip
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