Awareness of the problem is an important first step, followed by these preventive measures:
- After each feeding, wipe your child’s teeth and gums with a damp dishcloth or a clean gauze pad.
- Never allow your child to fall asleep with a bottle containing milk, formula, juice or any sweetened liquids. If your child refuses to fall asleep without a bottle, fill it with water and then remove it from his or her mouth when he or she falls asleep.
- Plan on scheduling your child’s first dental appointment around his or her first birthday or earlier if you think your child may have dental problems.
Baby bottle tooth decay may go unnoticed. If it seems your child’s teeth are chipping easily or the teeth seem to be wearing down fast, he or she may be a victim of baby bottle syndrome. Please don’t hesitate to bring your child into your dental office for an immediate evaluation. Additional information can be found on the post More Baby Bottle Blues. Leave your comments or questions. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.
Baby Bottle Syndrome
The most common cause of tooth decay in babies and toddlers results from frequent and long-term exposure of a child’s teeth to liquids containing sugar, such as milk, formula and fruit drinks. Saliva helps to wash some of this sugar away, but when the child falls asleep, saliva production decreases. Bacteria in the mouth convert the sugars to acids that may dissolve the enamel of the teeth, leading to decay.
Baby bottle tooth decay can cause painful toothaches that can not only hinder eating, but can develop into infections and the need to extract teeth. If your child’s teeth are damaged or lost too early, he or she may develop poor eating habits, speech problems, crooked teeth and damaged or discolored adult (permanent) teeth.
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Baby Bottle Syndrome
Posted: February 14, 2014 in Childrens Books Blog, Childs Future, Environment, Learning
Tags: baby bottle syndrome, baby bottles, childs development, childs future, dentist, education, kids development
Baby bottles filled with milk or juice give both nutrition and comfort to most babies. However, you need to be aware that your baby’s ritual of falling asleep with a bottle in his or her mouth could lead to a dental condition known as “baby bottle syndrome” that could destroy your child’s teeth.
Symptoms: Stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, cough, low fever.
Duration: 1 week.
How you feel: Tired, with symptoms focused on nose, throat and head.
Self-Care: Prop your head at night to help your nose drain. Drink lots of fluids.
Medication: Over the counter medications can ease symptoms. There is no cure.
When to call a doctor: When discharge from nose or throat is yellow or green.
Prevention: Wash hands often and avoid contact with sick people.
Symptoms: High fever, chills, weakness, loss of appetite, body aches, dry cough and burning eye.
Duration: 1 week to 10 days.
How you feel: Worse than a cold, sore and weak like you could sleep all day.
Self-Care: Sleep and rest and drink lots of fluids. Stay home a day or 2.
Medication: Antiviral medicines can shorten the flu.
When to call a doctor: You have another chronic illness or symptoms last more than 10 days.
Prevention: Get flu shot early, wash hands and avoid sick people.
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Practice skills related to addition and subtraction as well as chance and probability with these games.
Players roll the dice and find an Array Bingo card with the same number of dots. Players then turn that card over. The first player to have a row, column or diagonal of face down cards calls out “Bingo!” and wins the game.
Players choose a spinner to use during the game. They choose a team to cheer for, checks or stripes. They then predict which team will win based on their spinner. They spin the spinner to check their prediction.
The basketball game is played by two teams, each consisting of 3-5 players. The number of points scored by each player in each half is determined by rolling a twenty sided polyhedral die or 3 regular dice and using their sum. The team that scores the greater number of points wins the game.
Hit The Target
Players choose a 2 digit multiple of ten (10, 20, 30…) as a target number. One player enters a starting number on a calculator and tries to change the starting number to the target number by adding a number to it on the calculator. Children practice finding differences between 2 digit numbers and higher multiples of ten.