A special delivery at TAMC is the second “first” baby celebrated this year, this time in honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month.
Each year, the first baby born at TAMC in January is showered with gifts, but while it is common knowledge that it pays to be the New Year’s baby, the First February Baby also hits a jackpot of sorts. Thanks to ACAP’s Oral Health Education Program, and in recognition of National Children’s Dental Health Month, the first baby born in February received a basket full of goodies to promote good oral health for the whole family.
Alex Douglas Brown was born on Monday, February 3, at 9:49 a.m., and received a special gift basket full of dental education materials and products such as toothbrushes and toothpaste for mom and dad and several other toothbrushes including a Thomas the Train Spin Brush along with floss, covers, and baby soothers.
“We also include education around our other programs such as WIC and our Dental Sealant Program. The basket also includes onesies, receiving blankets, sippy cups, spoons, a snack bowl, lotion, powder, shampoo, baby wash, and various other items,” said ACAP’s Community Education Specialist Crystal Cummings.
Alex Douglas, son of Alan Brown and Anarae Holmes of Mapleton, weighed in at eight pounds, eleven ounces and measured 22 inches long. Although the newborn might have to wait a while before his first teeth arrive, Cummings says it’s never too soon to start on the path to good oral hygiene.
“We hope to raise awareness of how important it is to implement good dental habits even as early as birth. Educating parents is a vital component in preventing early decay which can begin as soon the first tooth erupts,” said Cummings.
ACAP has sponsored the First Baby Contest in February for years, presenting similar baskets to babies at hospitals all over Aroostook County. Cummings personally delivered the gift to the family before they left the hospital with their new addition.
“We are very excited that ACAP provides this service to our hospital to promote good oral hygiene among children,” said Pam Lilley, RN, manager of the Women and Children’s Health Department at TAMC.
Each year, ACAP and local dental professionals take advantage of National Children’s Dental Health Month as an opportunity to promote good oral health.
“It is important because we want to decrease dental disease in the community,” explained Cummings.
TAMC embraces any opportunity to promote a healthy community and therefore, welcomes this annual fun campaign, according to Lilley.
“Every baby at TAMC is extraordinary to us and ensuring their overall health in the future is a goal that all the staff hold dear to their heart. We are pleased to be able to present the first baby born in February with the wonderful gift pack that ACAP has provided filled with infant oral hygiene products and information,” she said.
“We’re excited to have Alex’s arrival honored in this way,” said mom Anarae. “We are aware that the first baby of the New Year is usually showered with gifts – and figured we had missed that by a month. This is a great and welcome surprise! As parents of a newborn, we hope that our child will be healthy – that includes dental health. We are grateful to ACAP for calling attention to the importance of dental health.”
For additional information about ACAP’s Oral Health Education Program, visit http://www.acap-me.org/.