Category Archives: Kids

Choosing the Right Dentist for Your Kid

Going to the dentist can be very stressful for a child, especially if it is one of his or her first visits. It can also be stressful for parents when they worry about how their child will react to dental treatments. Finding the right kids dentist Jacksonville can make all the difference.

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The dentist that you choose should be a pediatric dentist who specializes in working with children from infants to teens. Having a dentist who specializes makes dental visits a positive experience that helps kids feel comfortable and safe going to the dentist. A pediatric dentist also knows how to adapt to kids who may feel anxious.

Positive Language

When looking for a kids dentist in Jacksonville, one of the first things to look for is how the dentist and staff talk to your child. You want the dentist and staff to talk in simple terms, ones that are positive and will not frighten your child. Whether your child needs a routine cleaning or a fix for a broken tooth, the dentist and staff should make your child comfortable throughout the entire process and explain the process in terms that will not scare a child.

Inviting Atmosphere

When finding the right pediatric dentist, look for a place that is fun and makes your kid feel comfortable and, if possible, excited to be there. A pediatric dentist office should use bright colors and fun themes to put your kid at ease from the moment he or she walks through the door.

Lasting Impression

Word of mouth can help you find the right kids dentist in Jacksonville. Ask others about their pediatric dentists. Look for testimonials from others who have used a certain office. Most importantly, find the one who makes your child feel comfortable, safe, and positive about going to the dentist. Choosing the right pediatric dentist helps to build a lifetime of good dental health

Carnival rides

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Families are taking advantage of the long school vacation to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. There are those who prefer to stay at home and watch movies, while others enjoy the carnivals and amusement park rides.

Visiting parks and carnival are the activities we rarely do these days. If there are opportunities to go out, you would find us at the mall, usually inside the bookstore and rarely at movie theater.  I still have qualms about allowing my kids to ride carnival and amusement park rides. How safe are carnival and amusement rides? Are those rides made of sturdy metal buildings and strong enough to hold the weight of riders?

I heard from the news that carnival operators are more cautious now in conducting regular maintenance check to different rides. A carnival operator being interviewed on TV said they have strengthened safety barriers and have double the number of attendants to check on the safety of riders before they operate.

I’m glad carnival operators have taken these measures seriously for the welfare of riders. They may be safe, but I’m still not sure if I will allow my kids to be on their own or with friends to ride carnival and amusement rides.

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Immunization Schedule for Teens and Pre-teens for 2014

Moms and Dads, please take note of the following immunization schedule for our teens and pre-teens at home. It pays to know the type of vaccines and the age they are appropriately administered. My kids are both candidates to receive some of the vaccines and booster shots mentioned here.

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How to Handle Hyperactive Kids

There are some people who find it hard to deal with hyperactive kids because they are hard to teach. People who do not know what to do will only end up being frustrated and may end up hurting the child in the process. It is important that you know these tips in order to handle hyperactive kids:

  • There are instances when being hyperactive is not psychological but environmental. This means that a kid is active because of reasons that teachers usually cannot directly ask.
  • You should let the child know that he or she is always loved and appreciated.
  • Do not yell at children who are hyperactive because they will tend to feel the need for more attention.

Remember that most of the time, hyperactive kids are not targeting the people around them. It is their way of dealing with the things that are happening to them that they cannot fathom at such a young age. Being understanding will go a long way.