should I pay attention to concerning my childís diet?
There is no doubt
that breast-feeding is the ideal nutrition for an infant since mother's milk
contains all necessary ingredients that help the balanced upbringing of a
newborn baby.† Since you have decided to
bring a baby in this world it would be a great pity to deprive it of such a
precious experience.† After the first
months you will, of course, start improving its feeding step by step.
The basic dietetic
habits of the child are created during the first years of its life, when its
parents have the absolute control of the diet.†
For this reason the choice of food and the habits that are introduced to
the child are very important.† Try to
avoid food that contains large quantities of sugar, and putting sugar in your
childís food or milk.
If the child needs
to have snacks between meals, you should avoid food containing sugar (chewing
gum, candy, cookies, soft drinks, fruit juices that contain sugar).† Recommended foods are vegetables (carrot,
celery, cucumber), fruit and fruit juices without sugar.† Also, yellow cheeses would be a very good
choice, because they help in fighting tooth decay.† Children accept these foods easier if they
havenít been previously used to foods with large quantities of sugar.
habits generally promote the appearance of tooth decay in all ages.† An example of the effect of nutrition in
tooth decay, is the baby-bottle tooth decay or nursing caries syndrome.
is the nursing caries syndrome?
syndrome is a severe form of tooth decay, which is primarily due to bad feeding
habits (feeding in bed while sleeping).†
This tooth decay usually affects the anterior primary teeth of children
2-5 years of age.
does nursing caries syndrome occur?
The most usual
cause of this form of decay is the use of the nursing bottle during sleep.† During sleep the quantity of saliva in the
mouth is reduced and the milk, whether on its own or with sugar remains, on the
teeth causing tooth decay.† We will have
the same result if instead of milk we put fruit juice in the bottle, even if it
is diluted, water with sugar or honey, or if we give the child a pacifier that
has been dipped in honey or sugar.† Even
the motherís milk can cause this kind of damage, if the child is allowed to
nurse after the age of 1 year and whenever it wants to during night-time.
is the best way to deal with nursing caries?
The best way of
confronting baby-bottle decay is PREVENTION.†
Its prevention can be accomplished by informing the parents on what they
have to do and what they have to avoid.†
can I prevent nursing bottle syndrome?
breast-feeding your baby at least till its 4th or 6th month.
Put only milk or
water in the babyís bottle and use it only during daytime and never when the
baby is asleep.
Never put juices or
other fluids in the bottle, until the child is able to drink from a glass by
itself try to feed it with a spoon.
Never give the
child pacifiers dipped in sugar or honey.†
It is the worst thing to do to your child's teeth.
From the moment the
child's first teeth appear, clean them after every meal.† Start with a wet gauze and later with a small
and soft toothbrush without toothpaste.
bottle-feed the baby hold it, as well as the bottle. ††This way the child learns that its parents
are the ones who control the bottle.†
Under no circumstances should you confuse the time the child eats with
the time it sleeps.† These should be two
Visit the pediatric
dentist with your child as soon as it has some teeth and, certainly, never
later than the age of 3.
When should I stop the habit of feeding the child
with the bottle?
From the age that
the child can sit by itself, it can and should drink from a training cup.† In general, the child should stop the use of
the baby-bottle before it is 12 months old.
can I help my baby forget its milk - bottle?
There are 3 methods
that can be used for the discontinuation of this drinking habit.
The most drastic
way is to throw the bottle in the garbage after the 12th month.
Another way is to
gradually dilute the contents of the bottle with water so that after two weeks
the contents of the bottle will be pure water.
The third way is to
reduce the quantity of fluid in the bottle daily until the habit stops.
Replace the bottle
with a training cup with a special tip on its cover.† This will gradually lead the baby to the