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 Childcare workers need to follow hand-washing guidelines 2016-12-02 10:40 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 Sun protection for all children Understanding your sunscreen The science behind cosmeceuticals Do you know these 5 facts about skincare? Live healthier The debate continues » Working out in the concrete jungle 7 top butt exercises for guys 10 things pole dancing can do for you The running vs. walking debate There are many different theories when it comes to the running vs. walking for health and weight loss. Veganism a crime? » Running the Comrades Marathon on a vegan diet Are vegans unnatural beasts? Can a vegan be really healthy? Should it be a crime to raise a baby on vegan food? After a number of cases of malnourishment in Italy, it may become a crime to feed children under 16 a vegan diet.