Teeth Brushing

Melanie - posted on 02/21/2010 ( 63 moms have responded )

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Hi ladies my 15 Month old has almost 16 teeth trying to encourage her to brush her teeth is like getting blood out of stone I always put her paste on her brush and give her to her but she either throws her brush on the floor or puts her face into the floor to hide away from the evil tooth brushing ritual I have tried everything with her sang her favourite song put her music cd on given her favourite toy even had dad in the room with me to keep her occupied nothing seems to work except holding her down and brushing them for her HELP !!!!!

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Sweetandcutie - posted on 02/21/2010

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maybe you can brush her teeth while she is taking a bath. I do this with my son sometimes. He doesn't seem to care as much about the toothbrush because he is more interested in the water and toys in the tub.

Jennifer - posted on 03/20/2010

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My 15 month old son asks to brush his teeth whenever he sees me doing it. Thing is, he just sucks on the brush. Once I finish brushing mine, I sit him on my lap and make it a game by singing "I'm tickling your teeth... I"m tickling your teeth... Up and down and all around... I'm tickling your teeth!" to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell. We do this with great gusto and repeat the song as many times as we need to get the job done. So far, it seems to be working pretty well.

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Beverly - posted on 09/10/2010

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Wow, lots of teeth! I agree with brushing along with her, maybe get the rest of the family in on it too. Let her know that brushing is "fun" cuz everyone does it. I started out by letting my son pick out his toothbrush and let him hold it in his mouth at random times so he would get used to it (supervising at all times of course) then we would talk about mama and dadda and his brother brushing. We make up songs about brushing teeth. Now everytime he sees me(atleast 3/day), he wants to brush too. He's actually started playing with floss!!

Rebecca - posted on 09/08/2010

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My son is 22 months and we have been brushing his teeth since about 1 year old. We taught him by letting him hold his toothbrush and watch us brush our teeth. He loves it now. I just hand him his toothbrush and he works on his mouth while I brush mine ( of course i help him brush his after i am done since he doesn't really do a good job). But he is pretty good with it. In due time your little one will adjust to the idea. I do think the best way to introduce it is to do it with her.

Yvonne - posted on 05/08/2010

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We started doing it when she was around 1 year old. I open my mouth wide and challenge her to do the same. I show my teeth and she does it too. We have a funny toothbrush and let her sometimes squeeze the toothpaste on. Maybe you can sing, "This is the way you brush your teeth..." (to Mulberry Bush)...at this age, she shouldn't be brushing on her own. I read somewhere that you need to do it for them until they are 5 or 6 for the proper technique. Lately she finds the spitting out part fun. Good luck! :)

Sharna-marie - posted on 05/07/2010

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my OH has an electric toothbrush and my son loves watching him brush his teeth in the mornings so when he got a new one he gave the old base to my son and we got him a new brush.....he giggles when he has it on as it makes funny noises and it tickles his teeth, he even moves it side to side just like daddy :)...lol its rather more of a struggle to get him to hand it over now other than getting him to brush...but he loves to be a little copy cat at everything :) they have childrens electric toothbrushes floating about in most supermarkets maybe you could try one, you never know :)
hope that helps some x

Holly - posted on 03/23/2010

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One of the best pieces of advice I got was from the hygenist, though it might be too late for Melanie it might still work for others, was to give my daughter a toothbrush as soon as she could hold it and let her chew on it. She would use it for her teething more than any teething toy, and now she is really good about letting me brush her teeth as it is a favorite "toy." Like others have said here, we brush our teeth together and then I finish up for her making sure all her teeth are covered.

Rebekah - posted on 03/22/2010

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i think brushing teeth at this young age is more to develop the habbit and not so much to really brush... We dont use toothpaste - just water, and even if she just lets me brush 2 or 3 times - i count it as win! that is a lot of teeth!! my 16 month old is just now breaking in the 4th tooth on the top and bottom and 3 molors.... all at the same time... lol

Kim - posted on 03/22/2010

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My daughter of 16 months LOVES to brush her teeth. I am not sure how she started but she watches my husband and I brush our teeth and so that might have a little bit to do with it. I also believe that because my mother in law bought her a tooth brush at christmas that sings and she played with that for a long time before we actually started having her try to brush with tooth paste and everything. Not sure where we got it but if they have a tooth brush that plays a song, you might try that.

Stephanie - posted on 03/21/2010

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In the morning my daughter brushes her teeth right after breakfast. I leave her in her high chair and we get both of our tooth brushes ready and we start brushing together. When I'm done I take her brush from her and do a "good" brushing (she usually starts to cry cause she wants it back to do herself) so afterward I give it back to her and she finishes and I dont let her out of her high chair til shes done because I dont want her wondering with the tooth brush. At night we either do it after dinner (same as the morning one) or in the tub.

Stephanie - posted on 03/20/2010

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I tried the finger brush but with a child with over 14 teeth, that ends up with him biting the brush and me desperately trying to pull my finger out of it before he breaks the skin. lol

Vicki - posted on 03/20/2010

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What type of brush are you using? I would recommed using the orajel finger brush (if you are not using it already) my daughter loves it... It comes with a fruitty flavored tooth paste made just for infants and toddlers. That should help the problem with your child not wanting to brush!

Melissa - posted on 03/19/2010

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Hi, I might have a solution for you! my daughter was the same way! she is sixteen months and I figured the brissles on the brush might be irrataing her gums so i tried wetting a small cloth putting it over my finger and adding a dot of tooth paste, and i brush them with the cloth over my finger, it works wonders, she lets me do it everytime and then sucks the water out of the cloth when we are done! let me know if it works for you!

Delenia - posted on 03/19/2010

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My little 16 month old boy started off not minding it too much but now doesnt want it anymore..i find starting off with my electric brush very softly & gently also not too long, just 2 strocks over top & bottom he still lets me do but it has to be minimal...then i brush the rest of the toothpast wich is almost nothing onto his normal toothbrush & let him chew around on it to finnish off..& i continue brushing my teeth with mine..he seembs to like doing what i do....i asked the dentist...he says not to realy give u`r baby an electric brush yet but i think if u are holding it & keeping it short it cant hurt!!!

Melody - posted on 03/18/2010

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I have the opposite issue that you have...my daughter is 16 months today & is obsessed with brushing her teeth...I started out by showing her how I brush mine & then I allow her to brush her own, once she starts I tell her mommy will help her & i brush them for her & then allow her to finish on her own...so she gets to start & finish by herself, which she loves the independence...Kids are so different, where one finds it scary, another finds it exciting, hope this helps :)

Kayleigh - posted on 03/17/2010

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hi, my son is 16 months bt a couple of months ago i got him a small toothbrush with a teether the opposite end, it was quite gd as i let him av it as he pleased so he could get used to the feeling of the brush in his mouth and also it had the teether on it...wen i say teeth to him in the morning he will go to the bathroom so i can brush them which is quite gd(obviously i got him a new 1), i got this toothbrush from poundland so very gd price and its nt jus a crap make its a gd 1

Rochelle - posted on 03/17/2010

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What do u mean by " she was using her imagination"? my daughter also has 16 teeth and also has this problem. just wondering

Angelique - posted on 03/16/2010

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I had the exact same problem until the other day I bought her a whale battery operated tooth brush that spins and she loves it and she even brushes her gums and everything with it. Good Luck

Leonahenahe - posted on 03/16/2010

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well what i did was let her play with the toothbrush. I let her put it in her mouth and hold it just so that she wouldn't be scared of it. Then I slowly would take the toothbrush from her and brush her teeth. She would pull away from me but then i'd try it again later that night. I started this before she was 10 months. But now, she's 16 months and she'll try to brush her teeth. She doesn't do a good job, but she lets me brush it now. She won't pull away or try to close her mouth. So you could try letting her play with the toothbrush. good luck.

Stephanie - posted on 03/14/2010

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I make a game out of it. My 15 month old tries to bite the brush as i am brushing his teeth. so i snatch it away making a big deal about it. when he starts with a wide mouth belly laugh, i start again til i get all of his teeth brushed.

Ivy - posted on 03/13/2010

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My almost 15 month old had her 16th teeth at 12 1/2 months so I went to ask her pedia if I can take her to a dentist they said that the dentist normally sees toddlers at age 3 for their first check-up but since I insisted they suggested a pediatric dentist might help. It is kind of hard to keep them still with their mouth open you know.:) But as for brushing his teeth my suggestion is try brushing with her show her you are having fun brushing your teeth open your mouth to reach the back, close your teeth and brush the front, and then ask her if she wants to brush her teeth with Mommy. If she sees you enjoying it and has the perception that brushing can be fun then she might jump in with you. They also have this toothbrush that lights up for a minute or two that your child might enjoy brushing his teeth with it is just hard to find the soft bristle but that might work, too. Give a big smile and be patient. :)

Vicki - posted on 03/12/2010

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My son didn't like his toothbrush either - I tried everything even a glittery toothbrush that flashed. In the end he used to love either mine or my husband electric toothbrushes - don't know if it was the noise, the feel of it or just cause we used them. I tried them on him using the sensitive setting and bingo - happy toothbrushing time. He now goes and get the toothbrush himself as he is so looking forward to it. Hope this helps.



PS I use a separate head on it for him

Nic - posted on 03/11/2010

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My son was the same but he didnt have that many teeth! Wow! I just gave him a tooth brush that he picked out at the supermarket (made it into a toy) to play with and he would walk around during the day chewing it and therefore brushing his own teeth in a round about way. He is now 2 and a half and have had no problems since.

Holland - posted on 03/11/2010

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My daughter likes to brush her teeth, but she seems to like it more when we do it together. I would just keep trying to give it to her, put paste on there and put it out for her to get used to it. And let her see it when you guys brush your teeth, she'll figure it out that it's not so bad. You don't want to hold her down and force because than she'll never want to brush her teeth.

Amanda - posted on 03/11/2010

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Teeth brushing has always been part of our morning and bedtime ritual. However, my 16 month old son is going through a very independent phase right now. We bought him a tooth brush with Elmo (one of his favorite characters) and Toy Story toothpaste. When we start I always know there is going to be a battle to let me brush over his teeth but I keep a smile on and a positive sounding voice. I put toothpaste on his brush give it to him and tell him "You brush them first then when Mommy is done brushing her teeth she's going to help you finish." We have many days when he tries to touch it on other things, like the toilet, but I tell him toothbrushes are for our mouths only and tell him that if he doesn't do it I'm going to take it away. He seems to really like me allowing him to be a big boy. (I also remind him often big boys do this and you are a big boy). Then when I am done I tell him that its time for me to help I scrub his teeth put away the brush on the shelf and tell him we will brush later. Does your little one have any older cousins? I also found out in the past couple of days that he really likes doing what his older cousin who is almost 4 does (which helped get a jump start on potty training) so he did everything she did. Maybe an older cousin could help?!

Deb - posted on 03/11/2010

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My son loves to brush his teeth...while Im getting ready in the morning he sits next to me brushing his teeth. Maybe try a different brand of tooth paste.

Reg - posted on 03/11/2010

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Hi Melanie,
have you tried different brands of toothpastes? may be she dislikes the taste of the one you are using currently.

Erin - posted on 03/10/2010

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I bought two tooth brushes, one for her to "brush" with, and one for me to actually brush with. I also let her practice brushing my teeth sometimes, she finds it much more interesting.

Megan - posted on 03/10/2010

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don't know any tricks...my son LOVES to chew on his toothbrush. However, he doesn't really let me BRUSH his teeth. lol

Marcie - posted on 03/09/2010

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My son is 16 month and i gave him a electric toothbrush. I let him play with it and help him when he's ready for u to help her. Still do the songs, clap, cheer; and mike it a big deal. My son has 7 teeth and we have no problems. U can also let her pick ou her toothbrush at wal-mart or the dollour store, some light up and have music. All that matters now is that she brushes, not what time of day or night. O let her talk it with her everywere she love that and incourage her to tell and show everyone.

Demar - posted on 03/09/2010

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My daughter was the same way until I started brushing my teeth with her. She seems to be interested in mimicking everything I do, so I sit with her on the floor and show her how mommy brushes her teeth! It seems to work!

Gayleen - posted on 03/09/2010

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hi my wee man norton is 15months i began brushing his teeth wen he was taking a bath to and he seemd to like it now he thinks its part of the bath routine

Genevieve - posted on 03/07/2010

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This is a bit random, but I let my son brush my teeth first. I say, "brush mummy's teeth" & he sticks the toothbrush in my mouth then he is more likely to let me brush his.

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i brush them for my little girl. in my case i just don't think she has the coordination or desire to do it herself. since we've always done it that way, she doesn't fight me. she knows it's part of the routine. if she fought me, i would make my hubby hold her while i did it. sorry i'm not much help.

Sarah - posted on 03/07/2010

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Mine likes the Tom's of Maine toothpaste that's strawberry flavored for kids. Also, ours doesn't like the evil toothbrush either, so I have a set of washcloths set aside specifically for brushing her teeth. I just put some toothpaste on it and gently rub her teeth (she only has 6, and they're in the front). Also, I wash the cloths with normal detergent, but do an extra rinse cycle with vinegar. It gets the detergent residue/smell/taste out, and the vinegar smell goes away when it dries.

Dannii - posted on 03/07/2010

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Maybe try not to push her as hard! Do it with her, make it a fun thing to do.., with our son, Lj, I would always brush my teeth infront of this long mirror and act all happy doing it and he would always curiously stand there and watch me. One day I gave him his tooth brush and he proudly stood there in the mirror with me brushing! Obviously not properly but that came later! Now he brushes them in the morning in the long mirror with mommy and at night in the shower with dad! Make it a fun thing for the kid, not something serious, the seriousness can be stressed to the kid when they are four or five! I hope this has helped!

Tavia - posted on 03/07/2010

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my girl has had her teeth brushed since first cutting @ 3months. i use the toothbrush you put on your finger its like a plastic finger u put on and put the toothpaste on the finger and put it in and brush and yes you will get bit but you'll have clean teeth.

Anna - posted on 03/05/2010

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My daughter naturally took an interest in this when she saw my husband and I doing ours. I think she also likes the taste of her toothpaste which is the one from Walmart with the bear on it..I can't think of the name but its bubblegum flavored lol and flouride free so they are safe to swallow it. We brush our teeth together in the morning and at night but letting her watch deff. helps! She tries to copy us. The best thing to do is to make sure to get a routine going.

Amanda - posted on 03/05/2010

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Hi, My daughter is 15 months and we always brush our teeth at the same time every day, she looks forward to it.
You should make it part of your daily routine, have breakfast, get dressed, go to the bath room and brush your teeth. I think she enjoys it because she knows what is coming next and feels clever because she thinks she is in control of what is happening rather then doing something that is a chore

Diane - posted on 03/01/2010

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lol,
hi Melanie,
I sure do emphathize with you, mine is 15months too, with a mouth full of teeth and brushing is like i'm murdering the poor child. i've changed her toothbrush FOUR times and even changed her toothpaste to yummy strawberry - NOTHING works. she screams, cries and i end up feeling like a sh*tty mother for not getting such a simple task right. So i feel for you and guess time will tell, there is surely no adults walking around who don't brush their teeth ;0).

Cyndi - posted on 02/28/2010

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I usually start by brushing as much as possible as quickly as possible...then my son clamps down and shakes his head...he won't really let me do a thorough brushing....so typically I will let him take over. He chews and "brushes" for a few minutes and I feel like the combo of our efforts is working. LOL I do like a lot of these suggestions, though. I need to find one of those spin brushes for the little ones!

Taryn - posted on 02/28/2010

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I don't know if this will help but my 15 month son likes brushing his teeth after we got him an electric toothbrush (you can get junior ones) and he turns it on and because it makes a noise and feels funny it seems to become a bit of a game.

Lisa - posted on 02/27/2010

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Ive tried all the things sugessted with my daughter and she plain out refuses to even look at the tooth brush now! she used to have it as a toy but now its just not fun for her...especially when she is teething!!

Sarah - posted on 02/27/2010

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Let her "play" with her toothbrush....I let my daughter who is 15 months walk around with her toothbrush....CLOSELY MONITORED of course :) I just put a little paste on the brush and right as im giving it to her i do a quick swipe on all of her teeth then she carries on chewing and brushing all by herself. After a few minutes I just tell her "all clean" and she hands me her toothbrush OR she just chunks it on the floor when she's done....lol...whichever comes first

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My daughter is the same age and she has days when she will not let me brush her teeth. One trick is to do this in two (my husband brushes her teeth and I tickle her feet). Another option is do put toothpaste on a rag and wipe your daughter's teeth (while you let her hold a toothbrush). Then if she is willing, hold her hand and help her brush her own teeth. If she doesn't let you, at least you have cleaned them. Good luck :)

LeLani - posted on 02/27/2010

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I've given my son a toothbrush to play with. He has one in the bathroom and one that he plays with all day. I started out just letting him play with one and never really forced it on him. Now he loves to brush and we are getting ready for his first teeth cleaning in a couple of weeks! THAT'S gonna be fun since he doesn't like for people to look at his teeth!

Krista - posted on 02/27/2010

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With all 4 of my kids, I have give them a toothbrush to "chew" on when they were infants in the bathtub....and my 16 month old loves having her teeth brushed now...so have one for the bathtub and one for the sink on nights they don't take a bath. Since the don't need toothpaste, they are getting most of the brushing done themselves just by chewing on the brush for 20 min the bathtub and when you wash the rest of them. take 10 seconds to do it yourself.

Lisa - posted on 02/27/2010

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Hi! Im glad we are not alone in this issue! ive been trying to get Paige to brush her teeth since she started teething ( she is also 15 mths). We took her to the school dentist at our local primary school ( its fully funded in NZ) and she sugessted mum and dad sit together, opposite each other and mum have legs inside dads, lay her down with her head in your lap and dad hold her hands, and you do the brushing, Paige has a little cry while we brush, but its over so fast that there really is no lasting problems and i say to her " now dont you feel better for having clean teeth?" and she smiles and runs off! it seems a bit mean at the time, but like i say it dosent last long and its better to look after their teeth and gums now, than to suffer the consequnces later ( have you seen pictures of toddlers teeth when they havent been brushed! Eww its mortifying!) and she will learn in time that its part of the routine ( Paiges dentist said even if you can only manage once a day, like before bed after all the food and milk, thats great!), and she will also learn to spit out the paste after brushing... I hope this has been helpful to you. Good luck! and keep calm and positive!

Katrina - posted on 02/27/2010

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I started brushing my daughter's teeth as soon as she cut her first two. Sometimes she can be a bit defiant but I find if I make a game of it, brush mine with her, offer her loads of praise when she does brush her own, make lots of silly faces & go oooo ahhhhh to get her to open up so I can finish off. She's pretty good as each morning & night I only have to say 'Lets brush your teeth' & off she trots to the bathroom. just make it fun x

Nina - posted on 02/27/2010

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My daughter was the same. She would scream and cried when I brushed her teeth. Though she only has 8 teeth, she's also 15 month. I let her "brush my teeth". When I brushed my teeth, I let her hold the toothbrush and she loved it. It's not an instant result but now she's more tolerable with teethbrushing..

Rachel - posted on 02/26/2010

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my son has only teeth, but he loves to brush them. I let him do it 'himself' at first, and then finish up when he's done. Hav eyou tried having her watch you brush your teeth and make a big deal over how nice it is to brush your teeth? THen she might be more excited about it if she dsees you making the big deal about it.

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My 15m old has 8 teeth, was not too thrilled about brushing UNTIL I recently bought a Colgate battery powered spin brush, he LOVES IT! He uses it sometimes just vibrating to teeth on when he's sitting in a chair. And I don't have to worry if his teeth are getting cleaned well b/c I know the brush is doing alot of the work for me!

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