Infant/Toddler Education

Children’s Dental Health

Did you know that cavities can be caused by germs that are passed from adults to children?

 Babies are born without the bacteria that prevent cavities from forming. They get it from saliva that is passed from their caregiver’s mouth to their own. Caregivers pass on these germs by sharing spoons, by testing foods before feeding it to babies, by cleaning off a pacifier in their mouth instead of with water, and through other activities where saliva is shared.

These germs can start the process that causes cavities even before babies have teeth, so it’s important to avoid sharing saliva with your baby right from the start.

 Tips for Parents from the Department of Health and Human Services:

  • Eat healthy foods to reduce the cavity-causing germs in your mouth.
  • Brush your teeth with toothpaste that contains fluoride.
  • Do not put anything in your baby’s mouth that has been in your mouth including spoons or a toothbrush, do not blow on your baby’s food.
  • Do not use your spit to clean your baby’s pacifier – use water instead.
  • You should brush your child’s teeth at least twice each day – once in the morning and once at night. Remember, the most important time to brush your baby’s teeth is right before bedtime.
  • Talk to your baby’s pediatrician or pediatric dentist about the right amount of fluoride for your baby.
  • Avoid giving your baby sticky foods and unhealthy snacks like candy, soda or juice in between meals.
  • Only give your baby treats or juice at meal times.
  • Avoid having your baby drink from a sippy cup filled with juice between meals.
  • Do not give infants juice until they are 6 months old.
  • Remember – first tooth, first birthday, first dental visit!

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Thanks to Child Care Aware for this information!


Overview of Child Neglect

Overview of Child Neglect
Acts of Omission: An Overview of Child Neglect, a bulletin from the Child Welfare Information Gateway, addresses the problem and consequences of child neglect.

The bulletin reviews definitions and strategies for assessing neglect, presents lessons learned about prevention and intervention, and suggests sources of training and informational support.

Strategies for addressing neglect are included.

YOUNG CHILDREN Article: Enhancing Practice with Infants and Toddlers from Diverse Language and Cultural Backgrounds

Valeria YC Article

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Article from Young ChildrenSeptember 2012 Issue
by Karen N. Nemeth and Valeria Erdosi

We are pleased to provide access to an article in NAEYC’s Young Children, which was co-authored by a founding member of CITE, Valeria Erdosi-Mehaffey, and one of CITE’s good friends, Karen Nemeth.  “Enhancing Practice with Infants and Toddlers from Diverse Language and Cultural Backgrounds” was featured in the September 2012 issue.  Copyright © 2012 NAEYC®.  Reprinted with permission.

Karen N. Nemeth, EdM, is an author and the founder of Language Castle, LLC, offering consulting and professional development on supporting dual language learners in early childhood education. She is the author of Basics of Supporting Dual Language Learners: An Introduction for Educators of Children from Birth through Age 8, published by NAEYC.
Valeria Erdosi, MS, is the executive director of The King’s Daughters Day School, in Plainfield, New Jersey. She is a founding member of the New Jersey Coalition of Infant/Toddler Educators and a well-known professional development provider.

Example of Parent & Caregiver Engagement Cards

Long time CITE member, Mary Lou Allen, initiated these ‘Building Brains from Birth to 36 Months of Life’  parent & caregiver engagement cards!
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