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    Default Milk bottles and tooth decay? Please enlighten me?

    Dd drinks herself to sleep!

    What's wrong with that?

    Dd is just over 1 and I just read on a Nuby bottle that this can cause tooth decay?? Drinking milk to sleep I mean.

    Eh? How? How the do I stop her? Hmm I'm confused!

    Anyone?

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    Because the milk stays in her mouth and hence in contact with her teeth while she's sleeping, ie an extended amount of time. If you can get her to have a drink of water between having her bottle and falling asleep, that would be better, but it really is best to start losing the bottles after 1yo.

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    Bottle feeding in bed to sleep leaves milk pooling in the back of the mouth which leads to decay, you can alleviate this by sitting her up once she is asleep so that she swallows whats left or just giving her water in bed in a bottle.

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    Omg I did not know this wow!!! Have I done damage now?
    How do I get her to lose the bottles? How will she drink! Sippy cups she won't use

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    Does she actually fall asleep while drinking? My DD takes a bottle to bed, but she finishes it, rolls around a bit and then goes to sleep, so I'm not worried that the milk is pooling. I also brush her teeth before bed so I know the toothpaste is protecting her teeth

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    Quote Originally Posted by CazHazKidz View Post
    Does she actually fall asleep while drinking? My DD takes a bottle to bed, but she finishes it, rolls around a bit and then goes to sleep, so I'm not worried that the milk is pooling. I also brush her teeth before bed so I know the toothpaste is protecting her teeth
    Ahhh well not really fall asleep on bottle your right so is that ok then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CazHazKidz View Post
    Does she actually fall asleep while drinking? My DD takes a bottle to bed, but she finishes it, rolls around a bit and then goes to sleep, so I'm not worried that the milk is pooling. I also brush her teeth before bed so I know the toothpaste is protecting her teeth
    DS does this too...its basically the only bottle he has all day, he refuses milk in a sippy cup but still wants a warm milk before bed so he has that then mucks around 10 min max and hes off to sleep. He has a sippy cup for water during the day but he finds it quite the novelty so if we stuck it in bed with him he would just play with it and become more awake...then fight sleep for who knows how many hours lol

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    Right so it's only if milk is pooling?

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    The concern for tooth decay is for babies who fall asleep with their bottle in their mouth. These babies then often have milk dripping into their mouth and pooling throughout the night.

    As long as you remove the bottle from your baby once they've finished it, and ensure they've swallowed anything in their mouth, you are fine

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    Right!! Thanks CAZ feel better now. Phew xxx


 

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