Growth and development of infants depends on several factors such as the optimum nutrition, disease prevention and health in general. Babies need attention from their parents and as much care and caution is required. Similarly, the cleaning of a baby’s tongue is also a difficult task because most babies cry a lot in the process making it difficult to perform this simple but important task. We see that parents usually laugh with their babies in order to clean their tongue with their finger or sometimes engage in an activity, that can clean the tongue correctly. In all aspects, cleaning the tongue of a baby is not a piece of cake.
Why Should you Clean the Tongue of Your Baby?
Parents who do not take care of their babies will be facing oral health problems of their children in the future and so maintaining overall health is very important. If the tongue is not cleaned regularly, the risk of infection and disease by germs and bacteria increases, leading to gum and dental problems.
The main cause for which health care providers advise tongue cleaning is that it helps eliminate unnecessary food particles, which reduces bad breath and reduce the accumulation of bacteria. Tongue cleaning twice a day accompanied flossing and brushing is more beneficial and effective compared to flossing and brushing alone. It is important to focus on that habit and educate your child to do some of his oral hygiene.
How to Clean Your Baby’s Tongue
The protocols and methods to clean a baby’s tongue varies considerably by age babies.
1. Baby Under 1 Year
- Before cleaning the mother of the child, make sure your hands are clean. Prepare hot water in a bowl.
- Now take a small piece of gauze handle and wrap it around the finger. Wet gauze in hot water. Cleaning the baby language can also be used instead of a canvas, which are specially designed finger tissue available at most pharmacies.
- There are several ways that a parent can clean the tongue; The simplest of all is the cradle of the child in one arm and clean the mouth by the second hand. In this way, the child will feel a sense of security and affection.
- Pinpoint baby lips to the opening of the mouth.
- Once the mouth is open, place your finger on her tongue and rub / scratch gently on the surface of the tongue in a circular motion.
- After cleaning the tongue, turning around the finger and massage the sides cheeks, gums and teeth gently.
- If it is difficult to remove the accumulation, and gum cleaning are required. Avoid using fluorinated items like baby can ingest
- If the vacuum cleaner does not clean the stubborn accumulation then consult the doctor for an opinion.
- Perform this cleaning procedure at least once a day especially after drinking.
- In soft bristles, baby wet toothbrushes are available in the market that most doctors advise tongue and cleaning the oral cavity.
- Avoid using toothpaste against the foaming action as it can irritate your baby.
2. Toddlers January to May Years
Children between the ages of 1 and 5 years can not properly take care of their oral health.Doctors recommend regular brushing of teeth gently, in addition to the cleaning tongue twice daily in this age group. However, keep in mind that the use of scraping is strictly against-indicated. A finger toothbrush, which is soft and can slide on the fingertip, is ideal for this age group to clean the tongue. As the child reaches 2 years of age, a little dollop of toothpaste can be given to the child, but to remind him not to swallow it. It is important to clean the tongue gently cleaning not to hurt the taste buds. Make sure the child does not gag, as this can cause vomiting. Always brush your teeth and clean the tongue.
If you want to know more about how to clean the tongue of your baby, here is a simple video:
More Tips on Cleaning your Baby’s Tongue
- Use a piece of soft cotton cloth and dip it in hot water, but make sure the water is not too hot as it can irritate the mouth of the baby and the taste buds that can interfere with normal eating and alcohol consumption.
- Force the baby to open the mouth by lowering the tip of the lip.
- It is seen that, in some babies the tongues are glued particles strictly. In this case, rub the language using a cloth to size pea of toothpaste to remove solid particles stuck together (which are a major threat to bacterial growth).
- It is important to wash / rinse the baby’s mouth properly to limit the likelihood of tooth retention in the mouth (as enfantpeuvent swallow the toothpaste residue). This should be a concern for some toothpaste contains chemicals and hazardous agents.
- While cleaning tongue makes sure to clean the gums, teeth and cheeks that the baby will not give a second chance for at least a while.
- Some babies do not give a chance to clean the mouth. In all these cases, it is important to check the child’s specialists to learn effective solutions to this problem.
- Be sure to follow the pediatric visits and feel free to discuss issues and concerns you have.