For those of you who often provide bottle milk while sleeping dental health your child will be damaged. One of the tooth decay that often occurs in babies who are given bottle milk while sleeping is the four front teeth or milk teeth. This is related to the front teeth that play a role in holding the bottle nipple. In addition to disturbing the dental health of the baby, giving a bottle milk while sleeping to the baby will cause ear infections to the baby. Initially it was due to the inaccurate selection of a baby’s pacifier when the baby’s pacifier secretes milk even though your baby stops sucking it will result in the fluid filling the cavity in the ear in the middle. The accumulation of fluid in the baby’s middle ear will result in the appearance of a bacterial infection and also the fluid that collects in the back of the eardrum will cause hearing loss in your child.
In overcoming the habit of drinking milk while sleeping in your baby, you should do some habits so that the baby leaves his habits without being forced:
1. Hold the baby in bottle feeding
In babies under six months you should hold and cuddle your baby when bottle feeding. This is so that the position of the baby’s head is higher than the stomach and reduces the risk of straining to the baby. If you find that the milk has run out and the baby is still comfortable sucking on the pacifier, you should slowly remove the bottle. You can do this by tucking your little finger into the baby’s mouth slowly.
2. Give Milk Before Bedtime
You can get into the habit of drinking milk in your baby before bedtime. You can try giving a bottle of milk before bed and removing the bottle
milk when your child is asleep. We recommend that for babies aged six months or more, milk is replaced with plain water. This will reduce the risk of tooth decay in babies due to the high sugar content.
3. Give water
For your baby who is over six months old, you can put plain water into your baby’s bottle to clean your child’s teeth. The way you can do is by giving milk into the milk bottle, then after it runs out and your child asks for it again, you can fill the bottle with water to clean your child’s teeth.
4. Take care of your child’s teeth
It’s not enough to schedule bottle feeding before your baby falls asleep. In babies who are just teething, you can take care of them by cleaning their teeth with a soft towel or gauze. Meanwhile, for babies who have started teething, you can get used to taking care of your child’s dental health. You also have to get your baby into the habit of caring for baby teeth by brushing your teeth regularly.