When a baby tooth is loose and ready to come out, it will come out when it’s ready.
However, it can sometimes be inconvenient for a child to lose a tooth while at school.
For this reason, knowing what to do and preparing for this possible occurrence is important.
So, what should I do as a parent in this situation?
Talk to your child about the possibility of losing their tooth at school. Advise them what to do.
Especially for children who have not lost a tooth before, talk to your child about the possibility that they may lose their tooth at school.
Advise them not to wiggle their tooth during school and to be careful when eating during lunch to prevent the tooth from falling out during lunchtime, and to reduce pain of the loose tooth too, of course.
Consider packing your child’s lunch with softer foods, staying away from hard thing such as apples, crackers, and tortilla chips for example.
Also advise your child that if they do lose their tooth at school to tell their teacher or another staff member at school, or go straight to the nurse’s office if they’re at recess. If your child does not have a container or bag to put their tooth in at hand, the nurse often has something for them to keep their tooth safe, so your child can come home and prepare for placing their tooth under their pillow for the tooth fairy!
Once their tooth becomes looser, have your child carry a little box, plastic sandwich bag, or a tooth container in their backpack to prepare.
When it gets to the time where your child is ready to lose their tooth at any minute, it’s time to prepare your child by giving them some type of bag or container they can keep their tooth in and not lose it. Because teeth are so small and because children spend a good amount of time playing at recess, it’s not uncommon to lose a lost tooth. This is never a happy situation for children when they discover they can’t place their tooth under their pillow.
However, also inform your child that if they loss their lost baby tooth or accidentally swallow it that this is just fine. Don’t allow them to dwell over a minor situation as this.
Know that your child’s teacher and other administrators at school have dealt with this situation many times and will know what to do.
To ease your and your child’s thoughts, know that the staff at your child’s school have dealt with numerous amounts of lost teeth and know how to handle the situation. School nurses are often equipped with little prizes for children who lose their teeth or have some type of tooth container for children who lose their teeth during schooltime. There’s no need for you or your child to worry about this situation.
Overall, it’s important to discuss with your child regarding losing their tooth at school. However, don’t make your child feel guilty about the possibility of losing their tooth at school; the tooth will come out when it’s ready, not when you or your child is. Also prepare your child with answers to any questions they may have in terms of losing their teeth to give them the confidence in tackling the upcoming situation.