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Do you need help picking the right childcare?

Being a parent in a sluggish economy is tough. Raising kids is a demanding job on it’s own and adding money stress to the mix often makes things worse. It’s hard, but like it or not, these are the financial realities many parents are facing today.

To help make ends meet, more and more families are becoming dual-income households. Studies show that 80 percent of children have parents who both work full-time in the first year of life.

But that extra paycheck may come at a price. For every minute mom and dad spends at work, they need someone else to watch the children. For millions of American this involves placing their infant child in childcare, which often stirs up feelings of anxiety and guilt in parents. It’s a hard choice, but what effects does being in childcare really have on the child’s development? For decades, these questions have disturbed and even panicked parents. Fortunately there are experts who can help make that decision less stressful.

“Parents looking for clear information on how childcare affects children are given a bewilderingly diverse set of conclusions,” says Kevin Nugent, PhD, founder and Director of the Brazelton Institute at Children’s, a research and training organization dedicated to studying the development of newborns and young children. “But it’s not all bad news.”

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Children's dental health month

Dental DBD image 2February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Did you know that your children should have visited a dentist by the time they’ve reached the age of 12 months? You can find other helpful information like this at Children’s Dental Health Center.

Massachusetts passed a new children’s dental health law that went into effect January 1 of this year. The state Department of Early Education & Care now requires all children in day care longer than four hours and/or who eat a meal, to have their teeth brushed on-site.

Some parents think that day care providers already have enough on their plate without adding this to the mix, while others have voiced concerns about the possibility of spreading germs.

But Children’s Dentist-in-Chief, Manwai Ng, DDS, MPH, thinks this new law is a great idea.

In this Boston Globe letter to the editor, Dr. Ng makes her case:

We see young children every day with pain and infection from untreated early childhood tooth decay. Children as young as 2 commonly present with eight or more cavities. Each year, we take more than 500 patients to the operating room to provide dental care under general anesthesia.

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