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The Happy Tooth
WELCOME, BABY MILA! How to Have a Happy Baby
“While we weren’t ready for her to show up just yet, we’re all so happy to welcome Mila into the world.”
Dr. Janice here with some exciting news. A few weeks ago, one of our dental hygienists, Berenice Morales, gave birth to her first child, a beautiful baby girl named Mila.
Baby Mila was born on Aug. 4, 2018, at 12:18 a.m., weighing 4 pounds and 8 ounces. Her arrival was a bit of a surprise, because we didn’t expect her until early September. It was a little scary, but fortunately, both baby and mom were okay. Mila opened her eyes and was fully aware early on, though she had to stay at the hospital for a few weeks afterward, just to be safe. Berenice has since been able to take her home, and they are both doing well. While we weren’t ready for her to show up just yet, we’re all so happy to welcome Mila into the world. She’s so cute! Everyone at the office is ready to provide Berenice and Mila with all the love and support they need as Berenice takes some time to get to know her daughter and get her bearings as a mom. This period of time can be nerve-wracking for new parents. Before my son, Jake, was born, I didn’t know what to expect. I was so excited to be a mom, but at first, I thought I was just going to wing it. This didn’t make me feel very confident, so I’m glad I found some courses to help me prepare. As a mom, the No. 1 piece of advice I can give to any new parent is don’t be shy about signing up for parenting courses. New parents can be really hard on themselves, especially new moms. We assume that after the baby comes, some maternal instinct will kick in and we’ll naturally know how to do everything. It can be frustrating as a new mom to realize you don’t know how to nurse your baby or get them to stop crying. But it’s okay! You shouldn’t be hard on yourself or think you’re a bad parent for not having all the answers right away. You’ll learn. I also have some advice for new parents as a dentist. First, before the baby arrives, it’s important to remember how much of baby’s health is connected to Mom’s. While you’re pregnant, even your oral health can impact your baby, so be sure to keep up with your dentist appointments during your pregnancy.
Speaking of oral health, not many people know that parents need to clean their baby’s mouth even before their teeth start to come in. After they nurse or drink milk from the bottle, gently clean around your baby’s gums and tongue with a soft wipe. This helps keep the mouth healthy and makes it easy for the baby teeth to come in. Being a parent is scary. Jake is 4 years old, and I am still learning what it means to be a mom. But I know that the most important thing is to do your best and show your child how much you love them every day. And don’t be scared to ask questions. If any parents out there ever need advice, I welcome you to ask me — talk to me while you’re at the office or send me an email. I’m happy to help however I can.
Once again, I want to congratulate Berenice on becoming a mom and welcome Mila into our A+ family. We’re so lucky to have you both!
–Dr. Janice Doan
October 2018 Edition
A+ Family Dentistry | 619-265-2467 | P1
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