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Return of the Blogger…

10th March 2020

Hi everyone!

After nine amazing months at home with my gorgeous little lad, I am back, full of beans and full of blogging inspiration! You’ll have to bear with me, as my last blog was all the way back in the Summer (remember Summer?) – and I have so much to write about it’s unreal. So much has happened to me, so much has happened in the world – where do I even start? Brexit, Megxit, the loss of Caroline Flack sparking the ‘be kind’ movement? Dare I even mention Coronavirus?

I think before we hit the serious stuff, we should keep it light – and I’ll just gush about my beautiful baby, if you’ll just allow me a paragraph or two…pretty sure it’s the prerogative of a blogging Mummy.
The last time I bored you all with Freddie, he was a still a relatively tiny baby – he couldn’t move around much, he couldn’t talk, and apart from some pretty testing nappies, he couldn’t make much of a mess. Spring forward seven months from that, and I’ve got a bouncing nine month old who can crawl from the sofa to the cat’s food bowl in the time it takes me to blink. He’s all over the word ‘Mama’ – so I definitely know when I’m wanted! He eats actual human food now, and I am loving watching him try all these new flavours and textures. He had his first sandwich last week, and I nearly cried watching him realise the pleasure of a simple ham sandwich. He makes me laugh every single day, and has the brightest little personality. I don’t care how cheesy it sounds – I’ve never known a love like it. He started nursery yesterday, and he absolutely smashed his first day which made me so, so proud. I was so nervous about sending him, but given that he is a nice mix of chilled out and sociable, I really shouldn’t have worried so much.

Freddie has two sparkly little toothy pegs, sitting proudly on his lower arch. He is an absolute dream at the moment with brushing, as he loves putting everything in his mouth – so it doesn’t take much convincing. I’m pretty sure we have some more little peggies on the way, given the torrential amount of dribble going on – so watch this space. The arrival of his first teeth coincided with the start of weaning, and I actually hadn’t realised what a minefield it is to make sure he gets the best start with food. A lot of the baby foods on the market are packed full of sugar – from baby porridge, to melt in the mouth biscuits. Seemingly perfect for weaning, and very cleverly marketed – but actually more of a junk food than anything else! As time consuming as it can be, it is always worth looking into the sugar content of food – as there are often hidden sugars that over time, can be very harmful to our teeth and general health.


It’s probably worth a quick note about the dreaded Coronavirus, as on the back of media coverage, there is obviously a huge amount of growing concern about protecting ourselves and the ones we love.
I won’t launch into the signs and symptoms – as these are better found on the NHS direct website – but I can assure you all that as a dental practice, we have very stringent hygiene policies, and these won’t ever change – outbreak or no outbreak.
All Briars staff are highly trained in infection control, and we undergo handwashing audits regularly to ensure everyone is maintaining high standards. We have hand gel (now screwed down…!) at our reception desk, and we would strongly encourage patients to use this on arrival. There are handwashing guides up in every one of our toilets for staff and patient use – a couple of seconds under the cold tap won’t protect you, even if it feels like you’ve done enough!
The NHS are advising two rounds of good old ‘Happy Birthday’ to make sure those hands are getting a good soaping – remember in between fingers, especially between your thumb and forefinger! Make it part of your routine and it won’t feel like an extra task – it really is one of the best forms of defence against these nasty viruses, it will give you better protection than any face mask will.

A top tip from us too, as chronic hand sanitizer users and hand washers – get yourself a good moisturiser to protect your skin from getting too dry!

Look after yourselves, and I’ll be back next week!

Amy x


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