Bibs & Neckerchiefs

Eating Time, Oral Care, Bibs & Accessories

Practical, affordable bibs and neckerchiefs to aid the daily living of children and adults with special needs or disabilities. Adapted feeding bibs help protect clothing, making mealtimes less messy while neckerchiefs are a stylish solution for those who dribble or who need protection while feeding or drinking.

View our extensive range or contact us for further information or support. If we do not stock the product you are looking for, we are happy to point you in the right direction.

Bibs & Aprons

Waterproof and absorbent aprons and adult and toddler bibs designed to protect clothing and reduce mess at mealtimes. 

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Neckerchiefs

Stylish alternative to traditional bibs, these neckerchiefs provide good protection at mealtimes and for those who may dribble.

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COMMON ISSUES & SOLUTIONS

We know that caring for a disabled child can be very challenging. We can help.

Our Solutions Information leaflets cover the fundamental issues involved with Oral Care and Hygiene while presenting some of the most widely available product solutions to meet those needs.

Brushing your teeth and oral care can be upsetting and uncomfortable - especially if you have a sensory processing disorder or do not understand why you need to brush your teeth in the first place. This can make oral care and teeth brushing a challenge for families and carers. Generally, it is a good idea to brush the teeth gently, avoiding vigorous brushing which may push the toothbrush too far back into the mouth and cause gagging. Soft bristle brushes are also preferable in many cases. Your dentist, health professional or occupational therapist should be able to advise you on the best solutions for you.
There also are a number of oral care products available which can help with oral care and hygiene:

Unflavoured Toothpaste – many children and adults can find the strong taste of many toothpastes unpleasant. The foaming action of many toothpaste brands can also cause gagging and discomfort, leading to spitting. An unflavoured toothpaste, which does not foam can help solve some of these issues and make tooth brushing a better experience for both child and carer.

There also are a number of oral care products available which can help with oral care and hygiene:

Unflavoured Toothpaste – many children and adults can find the strong taste of many toothpastes unpleasant. The foaming action of many toothpaste brands can also cause gagging and discomfort, leading to spitting. An unflavoured toothpaste, which does not foam can help solve some of these issues and make tooth brushing a better experience for both child and carer.

Finger toothbrushes and gum massagers – rubber finger brushes are used to massage the gums and brush the teeth, gently removing plaque while allowing the child to get used to the idea of having their teeth brushed. These are ideal for babies and young infants as well as those who need help in brushing their teeth.

Bug Brush – this bug shaped tooth brushing aid is covered in bristles on both sides. When an infant chews and bites on the Bugbrush, the bristles massage the teeth and gums, removing any unwanted plaque or food. It is a good way of introducing an infant to brushing their teeth in a fun way.

Specialist Toothbrushes, angled or shaped toothbrush heads – by using a toothbrush with a different shaped head, it can be easier to brush the teeth with fewer strokes and clean both sides of the teeth at one time. This can be a better solution for those who find teeth cleaning stressful.

Dr Barman’s Superbrush
– available in three sizes, these brushes have two heads, which set at an angle, so that both sides of the teeth can be brushed at the same time. With fewer strokes, both sides of teeth can be cleaned effectively. 

Collis Curved Toothbrush – this brush has curved bristles which arch over the head of the toothbrush. The bristles part in the middle when the brush is used, allowing both sides of the teeth to be cleaned. At the same time short bristles at the base of the head, brush the top of the tooth. Thus, both sides and the top of the teeth are cleaned simultaneously meaning fewer strokes are needed to clean the teeth.

Electric Toothbrushes – for some the vibrating effect of an electric toothbrush can be soothing, although they will not suit everyone due to the noise.

Bigger Grips for Toothbrushes – if someone has a weaker grip they may find it hard to grasp the toothbrush. A tubular foam grip pushed on to the brush handle would help. Increasing the width of the handle makes it easier and more comfortable for the person to hold, allowing them to brush their own teeth.

PLEASE NOTE: Discomfort and an unwillingness to have their teeth brushed may be sign of a dental problem or other medical issue. If you suspect this may be the case, then please seek professional advice.

Fledglings has a good range of Oral Care products available at reasonable prices. Please see our Brochure or look on our website at www.fledglings.org.uk.
Our helpline staff will be happy to help if you have any queries.