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our older 2 kids also had early cavities and required similar work (dentists blamed long term breastfeeding, esp. at night, but I don't believe it. . .). I had enamel problems as a baby, as well, so it could well be genetic I suppose. I REALLY didn't want to go through this again, tried to be really conscious about brushing, no sippy cups, little juice, no dried fruit, etc., but w/in months of the teeth coming in, they were turning brown and beginning to crumble. so sad and frustrating!
I am resigned to going through with the recommended treatment - GA and caps/extractions by a pediatric dentist at a hospital, but I'm still very nervous because ds won't even be 2 yet (nearly 23 months by then, though) (the other kids were quite a bit older when they had it done). I think waiting until he's older might just make matters worse, in that the teeth might abscess, and he's likely in pain already (he's still non verbal). he is a strong, healthy little boy, but very emotional and clingy. what I'm most worried about and would love some advice about are:
1. not being able to nurse him from midnight until after the surgery the next morning (he's never been that long w/o nursing and is still VERY attached, has huge tantrums that just don't stop. . . ). he's allowed clear fluids (water and apple juice) up until 6 that morning, so I guess we'll try that, but I have a feeling it won't be very popular. I know we'll survive, and night weaning might be for the best at this point anyway, but should I try to night wean before the surgery date so it's not so connected emotionally/psychologically? or should we just deal with it the best we can that night and figure out what feels right after that?
2. the hospital separation: pre-op. he hates talking to people he doesn't know, he's very shy, he's super clingy to me. I know they deal with toddlers alot, but he's often beyond what I'm used to in terms of extreme emotional responses - this kid gets really worked up when he's sad/mad/scared! I don't want this to be a horrible ordeal for either of us, but unless they let me accompany him into the OR while he goes under (unlikely) it's going to mean him getting dragged away from me kicking and screaming and crying until he throws up . anyone btdt with a lo this young? reassurance? advice? survival tips?
3. we are planning a short family holiday right before the surgery - anyone know if flying (5 hour trip) might be painful for his cavities? don't know why it would - the air pressure maybe - just wondering, worrying. . .
thanks so much for any help or input!
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