It seems like teeth brushing should be so easy. I mean look at this kid. (he's cute, right? I mean, check out that awesome bed hair!!)
|Finn (a friend's son) 18 months|
And she hates it.
I swear, my kid's mouth is open all day long. But as soon as I get close with that toothbrush, her mouth is a steel trap!! Then she does things with her tongue and lips that would shock the feeding therapist!! Why can't she do this with her food when she's eating??? And she's so dramatic with the fake coughing and all the gagging. Sometimes the goal is to brush those teeth without making her puke up her entire dinner.
It's traumatic for us all.
So, help me! How do you deal with brushing your non-verbal, sensory sensitive, disabled kid's teeth and make it a fun and enjoyable experience? Like this...
|my neice and sister in law|
Vibrating toothbrush (do they make these for 2 year olds?)
Yummy flavored toothpaste (like chocolate)
Singing a song and making it a game (this works if you're patient...which I'm not)
Getting help from the OT
Can you add to the list?