February 28, 2019
Here at the Cabell County Family Resource Network, we promote children’s dental health every day of the year. When we spread the word about dental homes, age-one dental visits and other key information, we communicate about the Brush, Book, Bed campaign from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
This week, we will delve into the Bed portion of the Brush, Book, Bed campaign.
Sleep is a vital part of your child’s routine. Good sleeping habits start from birth, and parents can encourage positive sleep practices from the newborn stage onward. Routine is a powerful tactic when it comes to your child’s sleep. Waking up, napping and going to sleep for the night at the same times will help your child be his or her healthiest.
How can you ensure your child a good night’s rest? Try the 4 Bs: Bath, Brush, Book, Bed. It’s easy to remember and it gives you a structured routine.
- Give your child a bath. A bath is a good way to wind down from dinner and other activities. Plus, it gives you some quality time together — telling stories, playing with toys, singing songs and more. Change your child into her favorite pajamas and gather a beloved toy.
- Brush your child’s teeth. If he can brush their own teeth, make sure he brushes for at least two minutes. Use an age-appropriate amount of toothpaste. If necessary, sing a song or make up a story in order to encourage your child to brush!
- Read a book. Encourage her to choose her favorite book, and have a few minutes of parent-child storytime before it’s lights out. Put a time or number of books limit to ensure that your child gets good rest.
- No matter your child’s age, it could be a challenge to get him to sleep. Try to get him to sleep at the same time every night, even on weekends. It also helps to have your child fall asleep independently and in his own bed. You may hear crying and other protests, but your child will fall asleep.
Learn more about the 4 B’s: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/sleep/Pages/The-4-Bs-of-Bedtime.aspx
This project is done in collaboration with DentaQuest Foundation, and the Community and School Oral Health Team at Marshall University School of Medicine applauds the efforts of the Cabell County FRN as it works to empower families in our local communities. The Cabell County FRN recognizes that families cannot be healthy unless they have the proper knowledge and tools on how to care and maintain healthy teeth and mouths.
The Cabell County Family Resource Network (FRN) is a partnership of individuals, families and agencies working together to promote the well-being of children and families in Cabell County. Since its incorporation in September 1993, the Cabell County FRN has brought together a broad-based representation of partners, including business representatives, consumers, and service providers from health, education, housing, and social services. These partners are critical to improving the well-being of our families and children. The Cabell County FRN envisions a coordinated, community-based social service system responsive to the needs of families and effective in enhancing the success of individuals and families to responsibly achieve their goals.