Childhood Diseases

Posted by: J | 2008/09/02


Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

I posted here a while ago regarding my baby' s teeth. She is now 20 months old and had decay on all four her front top teeth - the dentist names it BBTD because of drinking too much liquids from her bottle (juices). Luckily, yesterday, they could save all four top teeth and very beautifully repaired them. We were given a second change and now we require some guidance on how to get her out of the habit of wanting her juice bottles at night. This is a nasty habit and our fault - we did everything to make live easy for us - taking her into our bed and giving her juice whenever she wakes at night. I now dilute only apple juice (no more orange or berry) with 50ml juice and 150ml water at night - but I am so scared that is still enough juice to cause damage all over again. She does not want milk, tea, milo, water or anything else - she will not take the bottle and then wake up completely and cry untill we give her the apple juice / water mixture - if we try to leave it she will carry on crying untill she gets it even if we leave it for an hour. We also started to put her into her own bed seeing that her little sister will be born in December. How can we get her off the night bottles. PS during the day she does not have a problem with a straw cup at all !! Please, any advise.

Expert's Reply



You need to stop all fruit juices for your litttle girl or her teeth problems will recur. You are going to have to go the tough love route here. You are going to have to let her cry for at least 5 minutes initially before going to her. Offer her only a bottle with milk. Then leave the room. If she starts again leave her for an extra 5 minutes before going to her. Again the same process. Next add another 5 minutes. You may have one or even two virtually sleepless nights but she will get the message that someone is not going to appear at her bedside when she starts crying at night and that she will only get milk if she does start crying. She will eventually get the message and fall asleep.

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Posted by: collette | 2009/01/08

hi my little boy is 2 and he still not sleeping through at night...
he cry' s for me and his bottle the hole night... i have treid to just leave him but is that a good thing....Pls could you help... he is off the " bottle"  he drink out of n " Power aid"  bottle and he is very thirsty at night...

What can i do

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Posted by: Jean | 2008/09/02

Hi there
my son also 2 now. i started seeing that his top tooth is getting bad and took him off the bottle that same night. its mutch better now.
well. i took the bottle' s tiet and cut it halfway thraugh (just make shure u have more-for when not working with your LO). wel i gave him the bottle and he told me its broken and hes dad or me must fix it. well i tried fixiing it until it completely broke of. then i told him i cant fix it. and he should throw it away. let LO do it. well that night and the night after he asked for his bottle. and i fetched it and gave it to him reminding him that it broke and he through it away. well he then used his sippy cup for about 3 nights and now he does not drink anything during the night. good luck.

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