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    Default Swallowing toothpaste

    Any advice on how to stop an almost 3 year old from swallowing toothpaste? I use a tiny amount of that milk teeth toothpaste and while I'm brushing I constantly tell him not to swallow, but in the time it takes me to reach for the rinsing cup he swallows at the last second, then swallows most of the rinsing water too! He knows about spitting but he can't seem to coordinate brain and mouth. Any ideas?

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    Subbing! I'd also like to know.

    DS is 2 and we use jack and Jill natural toothpaste but he swallows it every time. I've been trying to teach him to spit but he spits out nothing...

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    Subbing. Both my girls swallow it too.

    I console myself like this... It's low fluoride toothpaste, there's fluoride in drinking water, even though the packaging says they should spit, they wouldn't be allowed to sell it if it could harm kids, as I'm sure most kids swallow at least some of it.

    Having said that, I'd still prefer they spat it out.

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    My DD didn't master the art of spitting toothpaste out until she was close to 4. Before that she used to swallow most of it. I think its something they eventually just "get".

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    Having this problem too. I demonstrate spitting each time and DS just laughs then swallows the rinsing water. I'm using Jack and Jill toothpaste too so not too worried but would still like him to spit.

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    A little bit of toothpaste going down won't harm them

    Practise the spitting technique with some plain water at other times, maybe whilst in the the bath or out in the back yard etc.

    I found brushing my teeth at the same time as them was the best way to teach them, brush, take a mouthful of water - over exaggerate the rinsing motion (puffed out cheeks etc) and then a it spit into the basin - maybe point to a spot in the basin you want them to aim for?

    they'll get it eventually.

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    I use milk teeth too, and DD would always swallow the little bit and it worried me so I called up the company and asked. The lady there said a lot of people call up to ask the same thing. Basically there's next to no fluoride in the toothpaste and they made it knowing that little kids are more likely to swallow and not spit. So it was made in a way that's safe if they swallow it.

    DD just turned 2 and has been spitting for about 4 months now.

    I just let her hold the cup of water whilst I brush her teeth and that keeps her entertained and then ill take a drink and spit, then i get her to, then repeat. And that's how I got her to spit, now she does it herself.

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    You can but natural toothpaste with no flouride in, the brand we have is jack n Jill's.

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    We use fluoride free Weleda , my DS would eat the whole tube if I let him! I figure like pp said he will get it eventually, the good thing is at least they are brushing their teeth!


 

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