Parenting in KFL&A
Baby sitting on the floor holding a wooden block.
Your baby is now 7 months old, and we are sure there are lots of ‘new’ things happening at your house. This month we’ll talk about a few of these things, like how new foods are changing your baby’s poop and new teeth.
Adult changing baby's diaper.
Your baby’s poop may change when you start introducing solid foods. Poop will become firmer, may have a stronger odour, and may contain pieces of food. Brown, tan, yellow, and green are all normal colours for a baby’s poop.

Changes to watch for:
  • Hard, dry poop may mean your baby is not getting enough liquids.
  • Increase in the number of poops or more liquid poops may be a sign of diarrhea.
  • Explosive diarrhea may be a sign of infection.
Call your doctor if your baby:
  • is vomiting,
  • has maroon, bloody, black, white, or grey poop,
  • has a lot of mucus or water in the poop, or
  • is straining to pass poop.
Smiling baby showing two bottom teeth.
The first teeth commonly appear from 6 to 10 months of age, but may come in earlier, or even later than this. You may notice these signs that your baby is teething:
  • Drooling
  • Crankiness and irritability
  • Red cheeks
  • A need to chew on things
Fever, stuffiness, runny nose, and diarrhea are not signs of teething. If your baby is experiencing these symptoms you should speak to your doctor.

Babies who are teething may have sore or tender gums. You can help your child by:
  • Massaging the gums with a clean, wet cloth that has been chilled in the refrigerator.
  • Offering a teething ring to your child. Babies massage their own gums by chewing on hard, smooth objects.
Avoid giving your teething baby the following:
  • hard foods like raw carrots that could cause choking,
  • sweet foods and teething biscuits that could cause tooth decay, and
  • over-the-counter teething gels unless advised by your doctor.

Caring for baby’s teeth
  • As soon as teeth appear, brush your child's teeth at least twice a day, using a child-sized, soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Toothpaste is not necessary for children under 3 years of age, unless it has been recommended by a dental professional.
  • When your child has finished feeding, do not allow milk to pool in the baby’s mouth. When milk sits on a baby’s teeth (e.g., while falling asleep) the natural sugar in the milk can cause decay. If you use bottles, hold your baby during feeds.
  • Lift your child's upper lip regularly and look to see if white or brown spots are on the teeth. These may be the first signs of a cavity. If you see any, take your child to the dentist.
Adult brushing their teeth.
Parent's dental health
A healthy mouth is important to overall health throughout life. Brushing your own teeth is a great way to role-model healthy habits!

Adults should brush twice a day for two minutes each time, using a fluoridated toothpaste, and don’t forget to floss daily! See your dentist regularly.
Baby mouth showing two bottom teeth.
Healthy Smiles Ontario
Your baby may be eligible for free dental care through Healthy Smiles Ontario.
For more information call KFL&A Public Health at 613-549-1232 or 1-800-267-7875, ext. 1218.
We hope the next couple of weeks are filled with toothy smiles! We’ll connect again next month when your baby turns 8 months old.
KFL&A Public Health, 221 Portsmouth Avenue, Kingston, Ontario K7M 1V5