Blomberg Dental

Dear Blomberg Dental, Why do my kids grind their teeth?

You might have noticed your child grinding their teeth when they are asleep. If regular and ongoing, teeth grinding can wear a child’s teeth down, and lead to sensitive teeth or pain, as well as jaw aches or even headaches. As well, parents might notice their child having restless sleep, breathing through their mouth or snoring, with associated tiredness during the day or difficulty concentrating at school.

The causes of tooth grinding in children can be different to that in adults. Your dentist is trained to check your child’s teeth and jaw development, as well as signs of grinding on their teeth or jaw muscles. Research has also found a link between obstructed breathing from airways issues and teeth grinding, and your dentist can refer you for investigation if this if required. As always, a check-up at your dentist from a young age allows for early assessment.

Ruhl Family Law Centre

Dear Ruhl Family Law Centre, My children live with me, so does that mean I’ll automatically get child support?

You won’t automatically receive child support because the children live with you. You are able to apply for a Child Support Assessment, which may mean you are entitled to payment of an amount in child support from the other parent, but the other parent won’t receive a bill in the mail upon your separation.

The amount of child support you may be entitled to pursuant to a Child Support Assessment is dependent on a number of factors, including the income of both parents and the number of nights that the children live with each parent each year as well as the ages of the children. Because of this, if one parent earns more than the other, you may still be entitled to (or liable to pay) child support if the children live with you in an equal shared care arrangement.

Coastal Kids Speech Pathology

Dear Melanie, How can I help my four-year old be talking well for school?

By four years of age, your child should be really motoring with their speech and language. You should be understanding them most of the time, and starting to hear more complex vocabulary and sentences.

Research shows that kids with really strong language skills have had more exposure to story structures at the four to five-year age range. This includes hearing stories through books, but also the type of stories we tell each other about our day. Encouraging family members to talk about their day over dinner is a nice simple way of modelling these story structures to young children, and it gives kids the opportunity to try them out themselves. It’s also really important to make sure reading a variety of stories is part of your daily routine.