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Although not necessary, pictures are helpful to have for your own records as well. You may also include a picture of your own assessment sheet if you desire.
What you will need:
1. Camera or smart phone
2. Two people (One to take pic and other to lift lip and tongue)
3. Good lighting. It is best to avoid dim lighting.
4. Swaddle or blanket to help keep infant still.
Step 1: Wrap your baby up.
For younger babies, wrapping up in a swaddle helps keep arms out of way and minimizes any unwanted movement.
For older infants it’s best to secure body with a larger blanket.
Step 2: Position yourself for optimal access and view
You may lay baby flat on a bed, changing table, floor, lap, etc, whichever seems most comfortable. The person doing the lifting of lip and tongue needs to be positioned behind baby’s head (just like you’re a dentist) so when they look down, the baby is upside-down. The photographer needs to be forward facing with camera as perpendicular to the baby’s face as possible. Avoid really low, high or slanted angles.
Tip 1: Use the focus lock feature by holding finger on the desired area of focus for several seconds.Therefore, the camera won’t try to re-focus when the baby moves.Tip 2: Use burst mode: Hold the shutter button down for a few seconds to take a bunch of photos and choose the best picture(s).Tip 3: Record a video and screen shot a still image.
How to take a picture of the lip:
Using both index fingers, pull the lip up to the nose. You may find it easier to use a “pinching grasp” by using your thumbs. Use your other fingers to help stabilize the jaw and chin to minimize head movement. Try to get the outer skin to touch the nostrils as seen in the pic.
How to take take a picture of the tongue:
Using both index fingers, press deeply into the squishy part under the tongue and lift up as high as you can. Your two fingers will be no more than an inch apart. While holding the tongue up, use your remaining fingers to push down on chin. This helps keep mouth open and minimize head movement.
Please upload your best photos. You may upload up to 6 photos if needed.