I asked this question a while back, but the problem seems to be getting worse. My son who will be one next week, has horrible tantrums when I brush his teeth. He only has four teeth, but I have to literally sit on him to get them brushed. He screams the entire time and cries out, "Mama! Maaaama!" It makes me feel so bad, but we go through this twice a day. I've tried holding his nose to get him to open his mouth, but then I have no hands left to hold his thrashing head. Any ideas on how to make this a better situation for both of us? I don't want him to associate brushing his teeth with something negative later on down the road.
Answer by christyg at 3:54 PM on Oct. 22, 2008
Answer by FertMert at 3:56 PM on Oct. 22, 2008
make it fun! That is what I had to do. My mom use to do this song/game when I was little and I kinda took that and made into a song w/ brushing teeth. So my DD will laugh and giggle and try to get away... but I get her teeth in the process. So it is a fun thing instead of something she will dread every morning and evening. When this doesn't work, I give her the tube of toothpaste and let her hold it and play with it to keep her attention. Or give her my cell phone. Try different things or maybe a different toothpaste.
Answer by Coastiegirl96 at 9:27 PM on Oct. 22, 2008
Answer by bassyentihw at 10:20 PM on Oct. 22, 2008