Observe the child in the bathroom for daily routines.
The adult combs or brushes the child’s hair.
The child understands the use of the brush and where it will be used and moves his head toward the adult. (Note: children with tactile sensitivities may avoid hair brushing.)
Help parents understand the importance of early dental care. Infants should avoid drinks with sugar and have mostly milk and water. Tell parents not to put the child to bed with a bottle, as the sugar in the milk sits in the mouth and causes decay. Many parents think children of this age are too young for teeth brushing, but children’s teeth need to be cleaned. Have them help by giving them a brush, as well. The adult demonstrates and then the child tries. Demonstration and imitation works for washing and combing hair as well.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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