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Can a child grow out of a gummy smile? Our eight year old has a very gummy smile, to the point that other kids at school will make fun of it. Of course this makes her very self-conscious, and prone to covering her face with her hand when she smiles. So, i

Can a child grow out of a gummy smile? Our eight year old has a very gummy smile, to the point that other kids at school will make fun of it. Of course this makes her very self-conscious, and prone to covering her face with her hand when she smiles. So, i

To : To answer your question regarding “growing out of the gummy smile, typical no, in fact usually the gummy smile will become worse with additional growing time. A gummy smile can be the result of an upper lip musculature that literally raises the lip up excessively when smiling. A gummy smile can also due to and excessive vertical length of the bone structure (covered by the gum tissue) surrounding the teeth. Ideally the upper lip will just barely cover the gum line of the upper front teeth when smiling. An excessive display of gum tissue when smiling can be a result of either of the 2 afore mentioned situations or a combination of both of them. The bone surrounding the upper teeth, which is covered by the gum tissue, continues to grow vertically in most people until they reach the late teenage years. So continued normal growth throughout the teenage years will result in an increasing amount of gum tissue display. Surgery can be one answer to resolving a gummy smile. However there are other ways that may be very effective in handling the gummy smile problem. There are some things that can be done interceptively to help ameliorate this condition. If your daughter has a dental deep overbite the upper front teeth can be moved to lessen the amount of gum tissue displayed in smiling while resolving the overbite condition. Additionally there are some things that can be done through conventional orthodontic treatment to reposition the entire upper dental arch if that is necessary as well. It is best to see a university trained orthodontic specialist and he/she, after a thorough diagnostic evaluation, can develop the best way to resolve your daughter’s condition. There are things that can be done now to help your daughter, t is best to seek advice at this time in the possibility that interception may significantly help prevent an extremely difficult problem to resolve. ...Read more

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Anybody know what to tell a child that would make fun of somebody for a physical "handicap" or use the r word?

Anybody know what to tell a child that would make fun of somebody for a physical "handicap" or use the r word?

It is wrong: Many times children copy what they see and hear at home? Is it possible you may say something cruelly about others, and not meaning it? We are not perfect, and we must learn to understand and care for others, regardless of disabilities or other differences. ...Read more

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Any good healthy recipes for a overweight child besides exercise, i'm talking about food (don't like veggies) any way to make it fun?

Any good healthy recipes for a overweight child besides exercise, i'm talking about food (don't like veggies) any way to make it fun?

Fun food: Depending on the age of the child, you can get them interested in cooking and food preparation. Show them how to mix ingredients in a bowl. Older children can cut up vegetables and other ingredients. Gradually, involve them in the actual cooking, with close supervision. Also, you can sneak vegetable puree into various foods- ie. Pureed squash goes well in macaroni and cheese. They'll never know! ...Read more

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Will my child grow out of their eczema?

Will my child grow out of their eczema?

Most likely: It is estimated that approximately 15% of children with eczema will continue to have it into adulthood. Majority grow out of it by 10 or 11 years old, or have very mild intermittent flares. ...Read more

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When should I take a child's suppository out?

When should I take a child's suppository out?

Children suppository: You do not remove the suppositories.Once you insert in the anus these go up in the rectum and dissolve.If used for constipation like glycerine or Dulcolax it makes the child move bowels, these are epelled out with the stools and there is no absorption.The medicated suppositories are used for absorption of the medicine in a child who is vomiting and help in absoption of meds like tylenol (acetaminophen) suppositori. ...Read more

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My child has a cold im trying to find out what kind?

My child has a cold im trying to find out what kind?

Why?: A cold is a cold. There are many different cold viruses, but we don't test for them, because it doesn't help to know which virus is the cause. ...Read more

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How can I find out if my child has asperger’s syndrome

How can I find out if my child has asperger’s syndrome

Aspergers: Seek out a licensed psychologist who is familiar with the spectrum. Here is a video on assessment http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7ke5d_115e and here is my take on asperger's. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xg1ngp1ngds. ...Read more

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How can you find out for sure if your child has down syndrome?

How can you find out for sure if your child has down syndrome?

Chromosomes: By studying his chromosomes. Babies with down syndrome typically have an extra copy of chromosome 21, that is why it is also called "trisomy 21. ...Read more