Home > Parenting > Child > How to care for your baby 19 August 2003 Baby bottle syndrome Baby bottle syndrome causes damage to primary teeth, especially the top four teeth. We show you how you can prevent it. 0 ASK The Paediatrician » Follow Health24 on Facebook » Quiz Are you ready for a baby? » Subscribe Parenting newsletter » 10 interesting Down syndrome facts Autistic savant 'reads minds' Baby bottle syndrome causes damage to primary teeth, especially the top four teeth. The cause of this syndrome is when your baby falls asleep when you breastfeed him/her or goes to sleep with a bottle of milk, fruit juice or sweetened fluid (such as tea with sugar). How you can prevent it: Let your baby finish drinking before you put him/her down. If your baby is used to falling asleep with a bottle, only give a bottle containing clean water. Don’t add sugar to fluids. Avoid acid-containing fluids such as fruit juice. If your baby is used to drinking fruit juice when he goes to sleep, dilute it gradually. Try to remove the bottle as soon as possible. NEXT ON HEALTH24X More kids and teens heading to ER with headaches 2016-10-24 15:42 More: ChildHow to care for your baby advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors 10 facts about diabetes and insulin you need to know How to care for your vaginal flora JHB - Free Caregiver Workshop with TENA experts - 15 February JHB - Free home visit and assessment with a TENA nurse advisor Live healthier Hello? » SEE: Interesting facts about hearing loss Earworms: Let it go Is it bad to sleep with earplugs all the time? SEE: Do women hear better than men? The reason why men often appear not to be listening could be because they actually can't hear you. Confident smile? » Acidic drinks can harm your kids' smiles The facts on bleaching your teeth Am I taking good care of my teeth? Why are my teeth stained? We know the rules – brush your teeth twice a day and floss to keep them healthy. But, have you ever wondered what causes those stains that sometimes appear?