Food & Drink

Pain in the Mouth

They say that teething pain is equivalent to childbirth. If that’s even half true, poor babies.

To help cope, the ABC’s of teething from NYC dentist/mom Dr. Marcia Grossman.

Appointment Time
Set up a dental visit at 6-7 months or when the first teeth come in; your kid will get used to the dentist and you learn about soothing teething pain, preventing cavities, and flossing baby’s teeth.

Bacteria Build Up
When first teeth start to appear, wipe them with wet gauze or a washcloth to remove plaque. For teething babies, wipe gums to remove plaque, which can ease pain.

Chew On This
Keep wet washcloths in the refrigerator for relief. Ditto teething rings. For severe pain try a tiny amount of anesthetic gel on the affected area (a little goes a long way).

Decrease Nighttime Feedings
Once teeth come in, do away with middle-of-the-night munchies to help prevent cavities.

Easy as 1-2-3.

Dr. Marcia Grossman, 525 West End Avenue, at 85th Street, suite 1g (212-472-7849).

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This Week in New York
Repeat After Me: Pattern

What: Kids ages 5-10 explore the MoMA’s collection and focus on colors, shapes, and symbols.
Why: It’s a closer look.
When: Thru Jan. 31. Sat. & Sun., 10:20-11:30 a.m.
Where: Museum of Modern Art, education and research bldg., 4 W. 54th St., b/t Fifth & Sixth Aves. (212-708-9805). Tickets at the reception desk beginning at 10 a.m.

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. & Inauguration Day

What: Mark the journey of a Civil Rights leader and the importance of Election 2008 with a dream wall, where kids can post their hopes.
Why: It’s all political.
When: Sat., 3 p.m.
Where: The Scholastic Store, 557 Broadway, b/t Prince & Spring Sts. (212-343-6166, option 4).

The Sleeping Beauty
What: This fairy tale comes to life through marionette magic.
Why: No strings attached.
When: Thru Apr. 5. Sat. & Sun., 12:30 & 2:30 p.m.
Where: Puppetworks, 338 Sixth Ave., at 4th St., Park Slope. For tickets, call 718-965-3391 or e-mail puppetworks@verizon.net.

338 6th Ave
@ 4th St
Brooklyn, NY 11215
557 Broadway
bt Prince & Spring Sts
New York, NY 10012