What Parents Need to Know About the Child Who Died Under Dental Anesthesia

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Article original from Parents

Our hearts go out to the parents of the toddler who passed away during a dental procedure. And here’s what parents can take away from this unthinkable tragedy.

You may have read about Texas 14-month-old Daisy Lynn Torres, who passed away under anesthesia during a dental procedure back in March. But in case you’re seeing this heartbreaking story circulating again online, here’s what you need to know.

According to Yahoo News, a pediatric specialist at Austin Children’s Dentistry, Dr. Michael Melanson, at first informed Daisy’s mom, Betty Squier, that Daisy needed to be put under anesthesia to fill two cavities, because she wouldn’t be able to sit still long enough for the procedure.

But Squier recounted to Inside Edition that during the procedure, Dr. Melanson told her, “things have changed, [and it’s] six cavities. We’re going to go ahead and do 4 crowns and 2 fillings.”

Understandably, Squier wasn’t so sure putting a crown on baby teeth was necessary. But she explains, “I allowed him to do it because I trusted him.”

Unthinkably, Daisy went into cardiac arrest while under anesthesia. She was rushed to the hospital, where she later died.

The medical examiner concluded anesthesia likely killed this adorable little girl, according to the autopsy results. “One can only speculate as to why any treatment was performed considering no indication of dental disease or pathology,” the report also says.

In a statement to Inside Edition, Dr. Melanson’s attorney said, “There is no evidence that either the mother, the anesthesiologist, or the dentist did anything to cause the event. The best interest of the child was everyone’s only goal. Our hearts continue to go out to the family.”

As does mine. I am shattered for this mom.

Even worse is that this is not the first case of something like this happening. In July, a 3-year-old girl in California died after being put under anesthesia for a dental procedure, according to People magazine. And in January of 2014, a Hawaiian 3-year-old lapsed into a coma and later died after being placed under “heavy sedation” in the dentist’s chair, the Association of Health Care Journalists reports. And those are just the cases that made headlines. As the Huffington Post reports, 31 kids have died under dental sedation in the past 15 years.

Given this scary statistic, and in light of the tragedy that took the life of Daisy and other kids mentioned here, we talked to Jade Miller, D.D.S., president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), to ask what parents should know. When asked how young might be too young for general anesthesia, Dr. Miller replied, “The primary factor to consider is the severity of the dental disease. Young children with dental pain and/or infection require treatment at any age. Alternatives should be assessed to determine all options that may be available. In some cases, a general anesthesia is the very best approach for that child and can be completed in a safe and effective manner.”

If your dentist recommends general anesthesia, Dr. Miller said to keep these three tips in mind:

  • Get ALL your questions answered. “We always recommend if a parent has any concerns or questions related to their child’s dental care to make sure they are answered to their satisfaction,” Dr. Miller said.
  • Don’t be afraid to seek a second opinion. If you’re uncomfortable with or have questions about your child’s diagnosis or treatment, there’s no harm in talking to your child’s dentist or getting a second opinion.
  • Know your options. “Parents should understand any alternatives to a general anesthesia, which could include a conscious sedation and the advantages and disadvantages of an alternative approach,” Dr. Miller said. “They should ask about where the procedure will take place, such as in a surgery center or a dental office, and the experience and training of the anesthesia provider.”

My son was 2 years-old when I first took him to the dentist when he broke his frontal tooth, my first nightmare and first question was about the anesthesia, if gradually during the process he will be under general anesthesia or some type of local anesthesia, but the answer was NO.

I realize Daisy’s procedure was completely different, but the point is that I can relate to Squier trusting a medical professional’s advice as to how her daughter should be treated. And then, to have this happen? It’s unimaginable.

What to do if your kid has a broken tooth ? 

If your child cracks, chips, or breaks a tooth:

  • Contact your child’s dentist right away.
  • Rinse your child’s mouth with water.
  • Put a cold compress on the face to reduce swelling.If possible, bring the tooth fragment with you to the dentist.
  • One important to-do right now: Keep your dentist’s number in your phone.

Any dental injury, regardless of how minor it may appear, should be evaluated by your child’s dentist because often a baby tooth may not seem very serious, but the root of the tooth could also be fractured or the chip may extend so far that there’s a risk of infection.

  • Your child’s dentist can determine the extent of the damage and suggest proper follow-up care.

The most important thing to remember: “Never, ever try to replant a baby tooth that’s been knocked out,” says Lezli Levene Harvell, D.M.D,, a board-certified pediatric dentist in Newark, New Jersey. 

I hope you find this article interesting and helpful What to do if your kid has a broken tooth ? My son broke his front teeth a few hours ago and we are trying to collect the most important information to know how to proceed .

You got a toddler?

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You got a toddler? We know that there is a lot of energy to burn, and they love to experiment the most dangerous actions, they love the wheels and by the time they are in the 2-years old they will have the first scooters and tricycles and you will need to buy their gear to protect them.

Before you shop some of these items consider your child’s age and size, most of them don’t coordinate completely until they are 3-years old, but once you seem them ready. I recommend first the helmet, take them to the store to try it and make sure is comfortable on them, try to replace it if you see the helmet is already to tide in the chin. Insist to them to use it every time they are on the scooter or tricycle.

Teach them how to use the scooter or tricycle in a park, avoid the driveways and teach them to ride always in sidewalks away form the road; choose the sideways next to a grassy area, and also avoid be close to lakes and pools.  Could be necessary some knee and elbow pads to keep them safety, also protect your child foot with closed toe- shoes instead open toes-shoes. Try to wear your child with bright colors if they are in a crow area with so many kids for you to visualize them easier and big kids will be better out of them.

I suggest the below helmet, average in price and useful for the purposes.

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My son is on the process to dominate the tricycle, and on his scooter is even better each day; but….just in case we are prepare 🙂 I hope you found these tips useful if you are experiencing the situation currently.

Thanks !

How to battle weather changes in our children to prevent sickness

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When the weather changes,  it is the time that adults usually get with viral infections and bacteria. There are a few simple steps you can take to help prevent your children from getting sick as well.

Dress for the weather:
Dress your baby properly,  especially when you are planning to be out for a couple of hours. It is best to dress your children in layers so that you can remove or add layers to keep them comfortable through the day.
Bath them safely: It is easy for them to catch a chill when having the daily bath or massage . Follow these simple steps to prevent this:

  • Keep the temperature in the bedroom and bathroom the same. If this is not possible, choose the room that is most comfortable and do the bathing  and massage there. If you prefer not to get your bedroom floor wet, you can set up a safe changing table  in the bathroom  for massages. The key is to avoid exposing your child to change temperatures.
  • Make sure there are no drafts or gusts of cold air while you are massaging or bathing them.
  • Find a time of day when is least likely to feel cold and try to give a bath then. If it doesn’t get very cold where you are, be sure to dress your child before turning on the fan, and A/C. Make sure to dry her/his hair thoroughly as well. Also, protect them from the direct blast of cold air.

Give your child a balanced diet: Make sure that your child is on a balance diet. A good diet can give the vitamins and minerals they need to help fight infections. It’s even more important to make sure your children get enough vitamins and minerals.

Pay attention to hygiene: The easiest way for your child to get sick is by catching the bug from an infected person around them. Illnesses can be passed on from one person to the next through mucus, most often by sneezing or coughing.

If infected mucus remains on a toy at a doctor’s waiting room or on someone’s hands as they feed your baby for example, they can get sick. Here are a few steps to help prevent this:

  • Make sure that people handling your child wash their hands properly.
  • Bring your own toys or books when you take your baby to the doctor for their immunizations.
  • If your child goes to a day care and ask the supervising adult to put off sick children from attending.

Regardless of the efforts to protect your children from any illness, your child will get sick once in a while specially the first two-years, although maybe not as often as if you didn’t take any precautions at all.

Getting sick is a part of growing up and is the way that your child’s immune system will learn to fight off infections in the future. Make sure you know when to take your child to the doctor  and how to treat the most common infections such as the common cold and flu.

I also can recommend some preparations to battle a cold in your children:

  • Homeopatic preparations
    Umcka Cold Care comes in several forms: drops, tablet, syrup, and powder. Says Jim Wilk, a certified nutritional counselor at Holly Hill Health Foods. Always ask your physician before to give anything to your children.

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  • Garlic
    Onion’s pungent cousin contains allicin, a compound which has been known to have anti-bacterial properties. The only problem you might face is getting your kids to eat it. Try mincing the garlic very finely and addicting it to a light pasta sauce at dinner time to avoid its detection.

12 Tips for a Holiday Home Safety

Holidays decorations involves numerous of lighting, candles and garlands that having young children around could be hazardous at some point.

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Below some tips to keep your home safety this Christmas:

  1. Merry and bright: Inspect light strings every year to discard any worn cords, broken lamps, and loose connections.
  1. Light out: Always turn off your light when you leave home or when you are going to bed, to be honest something that I don’t like to do since I love how my house looks this time of the year, but completely necessary to do it to avoid any circuit collapse.
  1. Fresh is the best: Keep your tree watered and away from the candles.
  1. Timing is everything: Is very convenient to have an outdoor certificated by CSA International to switch lights on and off.
  1. Check for the Certification Mark:When purchasing light strings, extension cords, spotlights, electrical decorations, gas appliances, or carbon monoxide alarms, look for the certification mark of an accredited certification organization such as CSA International, UL, or ELT to ensure that the products comply with applicable standards for safety and performance.
  1. One and Done:Never connect more than one extension cord together; instead use a single cord that is long enough to reach the outlet without stretching, but not so long that it can get easily tangled.
  1. The Great Outdoors:When hanging outdoor lights, keep electrical connectors off the ground and away from metal rain gutters. Use insulated tape or plastic clips instead of metal nails or tacks to hold them in place.
  1. Climbing Up:Using a ladder when you put up lights? Choose the correct ladder for the job and double check for a certification mark to ensure your portable ladder complies with applicable standards.
  1. Keep the Gas behind Glass:Do not use your gas fireplace if the glass panel is removed, cracked, or broken, and only allow a qualified service person to replace fireplace parts.
  1. Sound the Alarm:Test your smoke alarms monthly to make sure they work, and be sure to install smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms on every level of your home — especially near sleeping areas.
  1. Filter-Friendly Furnace:To help prevent CO hazards in your home, have a qualified heating contractor perform a yearly maintenance check of your furnace and venting system, and clean or replace your furnace filter frequently during the heating seasons.
  1. Clean the Clutter:Do not store combustible materials such as gasoline, propane, paper, chemicals, paint, rags, and cleaning products near your gas furnace. Gasoline or propane cylinders should be stored outside the home.

Have a safety and happy holidays’ season  ! From our family 💕



I hope you found this article 12 Tips for a Holiday Home Safety useful to prevent any dangerous incident in your home since is a wonderful time to enjoy with the family without any risk. Follow my blog for more informative and family oriented articles.

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Food and pollen allergies are not the only ones

I hope you found something new in this new article Can You Be Allergic to Cold Weather? As an alternative (my case) my son has been getting sick with a moderate cold sometimes and I always try to find the most natural way against the symptoms.

I don’t live in cold weather but even living in Florida the chance to be more exposure to change in weather and temperatures makes us sometimes more vulnerable to develop some allergies or reactions to weather change from warm to cold and vice versa.

With food and pollen allergies on the rise, parents already have their hands full. But there is yet another, rarer allergy to be on the watch for during this time of year: an allergic reaction to cold temperature called cold urticaria.

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Though it sounds far-fetched, cold urticarial works in the same way that other, more common allergies do. Reactions can include redness, hives, itching and even throat swelling. Cold urticaria affects only one in 100,000 people.

Unfortunately, there is no blood test for cold urticaria. But Dr. William Lanting, at the Asthma and Allergy Center of the Rockies, managed to come up with a test of his own: hold an ice cube for three minutes and then watch what happens as the skin warms up. If hives spread on the tested area, it is likely cold urticaria.

Most people with cold urticaria have manageable symptoms and while there is no definitive cure, it can be controlled by taking a daily chronic antihistamine.

I can recommend some natural organic products to battle some allergies symptoms related to itchy eyes, nasal congestion and itchy nose. Picture from piriallergy

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