Oral care for your baby

Wonuola Adedigba Wed 21-Dec-22 11:12:13

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water

  • Dip clean cloth or gauze in warm water and wrap it around your index finger 

  • Carefully open the baby's mouth and insert your finger inside

  • You can open the baby's lower lip to enable opening of the mouth

  • Move your finger circularly over the tongue while being careful not to slide your finger over to the baby's throat

  • If there's any teeth present, carefully clean the teeth with gauze

  • Softly rub your finger over your baby's gum and on the inside of their cheeks too

  • Lastly, while cleaning the tongue and mouth, make sure to check for any stubborn thick white coating that wouldn't leave the surface in spite of wiping. It might be an oral thrush and might need medical attention.

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