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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.

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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.
 
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