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May 23

Oral Hygiene – Top Tips

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Children usually develop a relatively stable oral flora by the age of 4. If hardly any decay causing bacteria have set in by then, these are the best conditions for continuing healthy teeth.

  • A soft microfiber cloth is best, in order to gently cleanse inside baby’s mouth.

 

Once the first tooth has come through it is time to start with proper dental care.

  • Brush teeth daily.
  • Replace toothbrush every 6-8 weeks and after infectious illnesses.
  • Regular dental check-ups.
  • Use bottles only for feeding or fluid intake and not for help when going to sleep.
  • Water instead of sweetened drinks.
  • Be conscious of soother use.

Children follow the example set by parents. Sensible nutrition and dental care are best taught by example.

 

MAM Oral Hygiene Brochure

May 03

Meet Katie the Midwife

midwife, midwife tips, midwife advice, labour, pregnancy, pregnancy tipsWe will be holding a live Q&A session on 5th May, during International Midwife Day, on the MAM UK Facebook page. Feel free to join in between 1-2pm to ask Katie the Midwife any questions you may have.

Here is a little introduction to Katie:

Katie Hilton is a dual qualified nurse, midwife and health visitor. Her experience has been mainly in labour delivery, postnatal and public/family health setting within both the hospital and community. Katie has experience working with families in both the UK, North America and Asia. Her specialist areas include infant feeding, sleep and child development.

Katie currently practices independently as a Midwife and Health Visitor and provides specialist advice to parents and families on behalf of the parenting press and nursery industry brands.

Don’t forget to join in on Thursday afternoon!

Apr 29

Combination/Mixed Feeding – Clare Byam-Cook

breastpump, baby bottle, baby bottles, mam bottles, best bottles, breastfeeding, bottle feedingIt is very common for mothers to worry that if they give their breastfed baby even one bottle they will create ‘nipple-teat confusion’ and ruin breastfeeding forever. This is a great shame as this ‘all-or-nothing’ approach will often cause a mother to give up breastfeeding earlier than she wants, particularly in the early days when she might be having common breastfeeding problems such as sore nipples or a low milk supply. It is far better for these mothers to give themselves temporary respite by offering their baby a bottle than to give up breastfeeding altogether. And, not only do I think it is fine to give the occasional bottle of expressed milk (or formula when needed), but I also think it can enhance the whole breastfeeding experience by allowing others such as Dad to get involved with the feeding.

Returning to work is another time when combination feeding might be better than giving up breastfeeding completely. There are many different ways that mothers can do this and much of it will depend on her milk supply and work schedule. Some mothers opt to breastfeed morning and evening and then express their milk at work, so that their baby can be bottle-fed breast milk during the day, while others are happy for their babies to be given formula milk. If a mother does not want to express at all during working hours, she should spend a week or so before returning to work gradually reducing feed times during the day to help her breasts adjust to the new routine. If she does not do this, she will almost certainly suffer from hard, engorged and painful breasts along with the risk of developing mastitis – which is the last thing she needs when she has just gone back to work.

Prior to returning to work, it is also essential to make sure that a baby is happy to feed from a bottle, especially if he/she has rarely or never been bottle-fed. I find that the MAM bottle suits babies of all ages, and is the one (using the fastest flow teat) that I most frequently use when helping an exclusively breastfed baby learn to bottle-feed

Try a free sample bottle! Use code: TRYMEFREE at checkout

Clare Byam-Cook

Author of ‘What to Expect when you’re Breast-feeding….and What if you Can’t?’

Presenter of her DVD ‘Breastfeeding Without Tears’

Apr 28

Oral Hygiene right from the start

The importance of oral hygiene and dental health starts teether, baby, baby teethers, baby gums, teething ring, teething toys, baby teething toys, when do babies start teething, baby teething symptomsvery early on for babies, even before they are born. As early as the 6th week of pregnancy your tiny baby is already growing teeth. Between the 4th and 6th month of pregnancy the first hard tooth structures are formed and babies are born with teeth in place in their gums, which will start coming through from around 6 months.

It doesn’t take parents long to realise that a child’s development does not always stick to given timeframes. For this reason, the plan above is only an approximate guideline for teething.

 

How can I tell my child is teething.

Tingling, itching and pushing sensations are felt with the onset of a growing tooth beneath the surface.

  • The bottom front teeth (incisors) are generally the first to come through followed by the two front teeth. At this stage, babies particularly like to put things in their mouth and chew on them providing relief.
  • The back teeth for grinding food (molars) come in next at around 12-15 months. This can be more painful and a cooled teether can help. The different surfaces on the MAM mini Cooler are fun to experiment with and the cooling element is specially shaped to reach the molars.
  • The canine teeth come at around 16-18 months and the second molars at around 20-24 months. The full set of milk teeth are usually through by the age of 3. At this age there are many teether toys that offer chewing surfaces and a play element for distraction.

 

MAM Teethers

MAM products are distinguished by intelligent design. The smart MAM teether series is perfectly suited for baby’s development and age because every teething phase is different and children develop rapidly. They stimulate sight, hearing, motor skills and healthy dental development.

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  • The pair for getting started: Starter & Clip. The smallest children can hold the teether themselves and the clip ensures it doesn’t get lost. This means the lightweight Starter encourages babies’ motor skills while the textured surfaces stimulate their sense of touch.

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  • The smart Mini Cooler & Clip has a water-filled cooling element that can easily reach the back teeth. As it is extra-light and curved, babies can easily hold the teether.

 

 

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  • The Bite & Brush soothes and cleans: its soft bristles clean the teeth during chewing and massage babies’ sensitive gums for a good feeling. Chewing also trains the oral muscles.

 

 

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  • The Cooler reaches every tooth. Its water-filled cooling element is perfectly thought out: it can reach every spot where chewing feels good. The curved shape makes it easy to hold.

 

 

 

 

 

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Tiny mouth, big responsibility…

The MAM Oral Care Rabbit is ideal for a baby’s first step in oral hygiene. It cleans a baby’s mouth in a loving and affectionate way, removing plaque and bacteria right from the start. The Oral Care Rabbit provides a great opportunity to bond with your baby, creating tender and special moments, and getting your baby used to the feel of oral care right from the start.

 

 

 

 

MAM toothbrushes make dental care fun. Developed in the MAM design studio, the smart duo, Learn to Brush set, ensure a perfectly cared for baby smile. At the same time, the stylish brushes also look great. 

It starts with the MAM Tteether, baby, baby teethers, baby gums, teething ring, teething toys, baby teething toys, when do babies start teething, baby teething symptomsraining Brush: the extra long handle means that parent and child can hold the brush together, making it easy to learn the correct cleaning motions. The non-slip, ergonomically formed handle guarantees a secure hold for all.

Children take the step to independent cleaning with the MAM First Brush: the short handle is ideal to independently imitate the adult cleaning motion. It is especially easy for little hands to hold the compact handle.

 

  • Both MAM brushes clean first teeth with soft, rounded bristles – effortless and gentle removal of plaque and bacteria.
  • The rounded toothbrush heads on MAM toothbrushes are perfectly adapted for baby’s tiny mouth
  • On the bottom end of all MAM toothbrushes, MAM designers have added a massaging head. This massages sensitive gums and is an ideal tongue cleaner.

 

Have a look at the MAM Oral Range

Apr 26

MAM Soother use – The Pull Test

We always want to be as helpful as possible to all MAM fans. So we have put together some key reminders for the usage and sterilising instructions, for all our MAM Soothers!

  • ALWAYS check each soother before and after handing it over to your child, we at MAM call this ‘The Pull Test’ (video below) – pull the soother teat in all directions, and discard at the first signs of damage or weakness.
  • We recommend that you REPLACE soothers every 1-2 months for safety and hygiene reasons.
  • The MAM teat is designed to have an air vent, which allows the teat to retain its orthodontic shape. Expect to see water inside the teat after sterilising. Therefore, squeeze remaining water from the soother teats with sterilised teat tongs before giving to your child.
  • REMEMBER your soother carry case can also be used as a steriliser box! Remember to pre-wash the soothers before sterilising (using any method of sterilising).

Do you know about ‘The Pull Test’? We were surprised when we found that 86% of mums who give soothers to their babies’ think there should be more awareness of the Pull Test and its benefits for parents with small children.

MAM are now making it their mission to ensure that every parent who uses a soother is aware of this important issue and have created this video to help raise awareness:

 

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We hope that this has helped our MAM fans! If you were to have further questions on these reminders, then please contact our customer service team at customerservice@mamuk.com.

Jul 31

Information about nutrition and breast milk

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Breast milk – the mega-mixture

All experts agree that breastfeeding is the best thing for babies. For practical reasons – breast milk is always there, always at the right temperature and is guaranteed to be free of any germs – and for health reasons:

  • Breast milk contains everything that babies need in the first few months: vitamins, minerals, healthy fat, carbohydrates, immune defence.
  • In terms of its quantity and mixture, breast milk automatically caters for the needs of the child. Its composition is variable, the constituents also change during the course of breastfeeding – very individually and exactly as baby needs.
  • The suckling at the breast not only promotes the mother- and child relationship, but also the development of the jaw and facial muscles – this has a benefit later on when baby is learning to eat and talk.
  • Breastfed babies tend to be less susceptible to infections and allergies, diabetes or obesity.
  • Breastfeeding mothers also tend to stay healthy: puerperal infections are rare, and the German Cancer Research Centre says there is also evidence of a lower risk of breast cancer.
  • Breastfeeding is also beneficial to involution – you get fit again faster. It is easy to digest. This means that gastrointestinal complaints are less common.

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Jul 28

Oral Care

For over 35 years, MAM has been developing baby products with experts from medicine and research that are unique in function and design and support the individual development of every child, mamam LOGOking everyday life with a baby, just a little easier. The business is proud to recently announce the results of a randomized control study(1) that found the MAM Perfect soother minimises the risk of malocclusions such as an open bite and increased overbite in children previously diagnosed with soother-associated teeth misalignments, when compared to a conventional or physiological soothers.

It is clear that we still have a long way to go as an industry to persuade parents on the importance of good oral hygiene from an early age, as a recent report (2) showed that a third of children don’t brush their teeth every day. Clearly if parents are coming to the dentist with a child who has problems then they will be more susceptible to advice about that child. However, if they are coming with younger siblings, then it presents the perfect opportunity to talk to the parent about the key early stages, to avoid problems developing. But, how to approach these conversations?

Here, Peter Röhrig, Founder of MAM, uses his 35 year expertise operating in the baby industry and with medical experts, to provide Ten Top Tips on the emotional trigger points for parents with a baby and how to answer some of the pressing questions they might have about their baby’s development, behaviour and oral hygiene. He also provides some information on the products available to young children who might develop damaging habits.

1. Remain impartial

Parents always want the best for their growing baby, but time pressures and natural instincts can lead parents to ignore damaging behaviours, especially if they appear to be of comfort to their child. No parent wants to be made to feel that they are doing a bad job, or to feel preached to by experts who might not understand the pressures that they are under. It is important to present a parent with facts and clear sound bites of advice, while remOral Care Rabbit_girl_squareaining impartial at all times. This will enable the parent to feel that they are researching options with a valued specialist, without being judged on their child’s behaviour or choices.

2. Why sucking is important

Parents often ask about the drawbacks of non-nutritive sucking. Sucking is a natural need for babies and important for their development. Its effect on tooth placement and dental growth is certainly a current topic of discussion.

Soothers are a suitable alternative to a finger, thumb or toy because they are easier to wean off, and have been proven to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. However, many soothers can exert too much pressure on the teeth and jaws because of material drawbacks and suboptimal shapes. We developed the MAM Perfect through intensive cooperation with medical experts. It is 60% thinner and three times softer than common soothers. A longitudinal scientific study has confirmed that this soother positively supports healthy tooth and jaw development.

3. Teething: fact from fiction

Teething is a very emotive issue for parents as it has been allowed to be exaggerated to the point where, ‘searing pain’ and ‘tiny shards of glass’ have become common phrases associated with the experience. It is important to understand that many new parents fear teething, but you can manage these expectations, while providing sage advice on dealing with it. In the majority of cases, the sensations felt by the baby as their teeth come through are more likely to be tingles, presses and itching than serious pain. We would never recommend to parents that they turn to anaesthetic gels as they must not become a permanent solution. Chewing and rubbing the gums provides a suitable alternative as it not only provides some relief from the symptoms but is also part of the natural instinct of a young child and enables a baby to train their fine motor skills.
Oral_Care_Rabbit_blue small4. The role of a teether
The teether plays a key role in early oral hygiene – as important as its role as comforter – and parents should be made aware of this dual purpose.

We developed our portfolio of teethers with pedagogues and paediatricians to provide babies and toddlers with the optimal age-appropriate visual stimulation, textures and chewing surfaces. As the child is more able to hold and co-ordinate movement, there are products that supplement daily dental care, in a playful way. For example, the MAM Bite & Brush provides 2-phase options, suitable for babies from two months old. The first phase product cleans baby’s first teeth while it is being chewed, thanks to its soft bristles, whereas the second phase, from 4 months is especially designed for back teeth. Other teethers in the range have been designed to reach the molars while providing cool relief from teething.
5. Routine will create a healthy start

Children thrive on routine and most parents will agree with this. Introducing daily dental care at a young age, and the child will soon expect, and enjoy it. With young babies it is also important to add fun into the routine. Many parents in the UK will assume that they need to move immediately to using a tooth brush. This isn’t necessary with very young children, and it can also become very messy as the parent and baby tackle over who will hold it! For young babies, we worked closely with paediatric dentists to develop the Oral Care Rabbit, a soft microfibre cloth that fits snuggly over the parent’s fingers, to massage inside the baby’s mouth, over the gums and to remove bacteria. What’s important is to educate parents that this should become a small part of the bedtime routine. Many parents follow the ‘Bath, Bottle, Bed’ mantra, so we like to suggest, Bath, Bottle, Bunny, Bed. Just one extra minute in these early stages can make all the difference for a lifetime of good oral hygiene.
6. Getting ready for a brush

Most parents will not know that as soon as the first tooth comes through, a child must start with proper dental care and move to using a brush and that they should be helping their child to brush their teeth daily. There are many brushes on the market designed especially for young children that will help keep the experience enjoyable, such as those with very soft bristles, flashing lights and extra-Oral Care_Mum acts as Role Model_3 smalllong handles for parents to help guide the little hand. Again, many parents will search for advice, but may defer to a child’s behaviour for a more peaceful bedtime. So, it is important at this stage to communicate to a parent in a succinct way. We suggest focussing on three key messages for any parent with a child who is developing their first teeth:
• Once a day until the age of 2;
• Replace a brush every 6-8 weeks;
• Regular dental check-ups.

If a parent is struggling to keep the baby focused, suggest lying them on the changing mat or sitting them on their lap and to carefully lift the upper lip with the index finger whilst cleaning

7. Weaning from the bottle to a cup

Children should be encouraged to move from a bottle to a cup by the age of one and many manufacturers provide transition cups from the age of 4 months. However, many parents find this transition difficult as it represents that their baby is growing-up. Explain to the parent that eating and drinking like the grown-ups is not just an important development step from baby to toddler but is also good for teeth and jaw muscles. Furthermore, unchecked, continuous sucking on bottles increases the risk of damage. There is plenty of information about the importance of drinking only water and unsweetened teas from a baby cup but it is necessary to keep reminding your patients about this, as it continues to be an issue in our society.

8. Weaning off a soother

MAM_Baby Bilder-Rahmen_Teil1-6_COEWeaning off a soother is often difficult. The international (3) guidelines recommend stopping the use of soothers at two and a half years of age. This is to allow the child to perfect the various functions of the mouth. Clearly, the most important of these are mastication, phonation and deglutition. The presence of a soother beyond the age of two and a half coupled with prolonged use during the day can impede the tongue, teeth and maxilla from developing the correct rapport with one another during their different functional phases. Many children use their thumb in place of a soother, and the resulting negative effects on the teeth and jaw have been clearly shown in numerous studies.

The therapy proposed is gradually withdrawing the soother in phases by reducing its width. The diameter can be reduced to 4mm and, finally, a soother with a thickness of 2mm can be used. At this stage, removing a soother does not present any more difficulties for the parents.

Dr Wagner, who headed a clinical study at the Department of Preventive Dentistry and Paediatric Dentistry, Jena University Hospital, Germany, said: ‘As weaning completely from a soother can be a challenge, a 12-month study using the MAM Perfect clearly pointed to an orthodontically proven alternative weaning option for parents.’

9. Weaning from a thumb

Thumb sucking provides comfort to children for a variety of reasons and can be a difficult habit to shift. As not all thumb-sucking is equally damaging, more aggressive sucking will create more damage inside the mouth, than passive suckers, it’s important to start the conversation with the parent by asking about the technique. If the child is a vigorous sucker, then the advice is to start curbing the behaviour at around the age of 4 and by this age, many children will have stopped the habit. Starting school and peer pressure is also a common deterrent so it is worth advising the parent to wait till this point before exercising some alternative techniques.

Our advice for parents who need to intervene is to watch the child’s behaviour and anticipate moments when it will happen. As it’s usually at points when the child is looking for comfort, this is likely to be at bedtime, when they are relaxed, frustrated or fearful. Consider distracting the child in these scenarios with a substitute, such as a comforting blanket, a squishy ball or a teddy. The key is not to reprimand the child for doing it, as in most cases it will be a subconscious behaviour.

10. Take-away information

Busy mums are well known for being a little forgetful, with so much going on each day to remember. Consider using a leaflet which provides busy parents with key pieces of advice, which they can take away. They can then use them as prompts and checks at home, while keeping a record of any future appointments. MAM’s Oral care information leaflet can be requested for use within your surgery, please sign up here: mambaby.com/professionals

Parents will always want to talk about their baby with you. What stages they are at, what habits they are developing, what preferences they have. It provides a perfect opportunity to start a conversation with them about milestones and small changes that can be brought in to the everyday, which will give their child the very best start toward a lifetime of good oral hygiene.
1. Wagner Y, Heinrich-Weltzien R, Examining the effect of a special pacifier on the primary dentition. The study was conducted over a period of 12 months with 86 babies ranging from 16 to 24 months of age who already exhibited an increased overjet and/or overbite.
2. Denplan 2015: UK based survey of more than 2,000 parents of children aged 2-11
3. American Academy of Pediatrics Dentistry Guidelines

Jul 28

30 Days of Summer – The Wooden Play Den

“We love wooden toys, and our aim is to provide quality toys for learning and fun! Our wide range of toys are great for babies, toddlers and older children and we love to find something a little bit different. If you are looking for toys, our online store enables you to browse by age and also by toy type. In addition we have a range of nursery accessories, some of which are handmade and would be a beautiful addition to a child’s bedroom.
All of our toys and nursery items are chosen for their quality and many of our products are handmade. We love supporting British business so we source from the UK where possible. Supporting your child’s development is also high on our priority list so we select toys which are fun as well encourage learning and our motto is ” Make Learning fun with Wooden Toys made to last”.the-wooden-play-den-newportFor more information visit www.thewoodenplayden.co.uk or www.facebook.com/thewoodenplaydentoys

Jul 27

30 Days of Summer – Cheeky Wipes

Cheeky cloth baby wipes are an eco-friendly, green and natural way to clean your baby’s bottom! Our lovely natural washable cloth baby wipes use just water and 0.16% (or 4 drops!) safe essentialcheeky wipes logo oils, which are biodegradable and smell great too!

Cheeky Baby Wipes don’t create mountains of washing either as you can just pop them in with a normal load.  Even better, they don’t need to be dried every time, so no tumble drying makes another environmental bonus!

 
Priced at £27.95 – http://www.cheekywipes.com/baby-wipes-kit/baby_wipes_kit_hands_faces.html
We understand (sort of!) that some people are squeamish about poo, but the good news is that you can still use Cheeky Washable Baby wipes for hands and faces at meal time (plus the table, the wall, your blouse etc…Weetabix can go a long way you know!)
• 25 – Lovely cloth micro-fibre baby wipes, 5 each of yellow, aqua, mauve, pink and blue, 15 cm x 15 cm
• 1 – Fresh Baby Wipes container
• 1 – Fresh Wipes Bag
• 1 – ‘Bottoms up’ Mucky Wipes Bag
• 1 – 10 ml bottle of Lavender Fresh Baby Wipes Essential Oil Blend
When used on faces and hands, our washable baby wipes can be thrown straight into the washing machine.

 

For more information visit www.cheekywipes.com or www.facebook.com/cheekywipes

Jul 25

30 Days of Summer – Spillyspoon

Spilly Spoon, the non-spill medicine spoon is designed to introduce a fun element into the administration of medicine as well as being practical for the parent. Medicine is poured into the handle of the spoon, it can be laid flat on a work surface with upto 10ml of medicine. The child can hold it themselves & self-administer without spillage. It’s the perfect solution for administering medicine in the middle of the night. The days of having to change medicine-covered bed linen or pyjamas are over with a Spilly Spoon!

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Today, Spillyspoon has teamed up with MAM and are giving away 12 Spilly Spoons! To enter – www.facebook.com/mambabyuk

For more information visit their website www.spillyspoon.com/

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