Diseases & Conditions : Growth and Development
Nursing Caries (Nursing Bottle Caries)
What are nursing caries?
Nursing caries is a form of tooth decay that is caused by children sleeping with bottles. This is also called baby bottle or nursing bottle tooth decay. It is caused when a child goes to bed with a bottle filled with milk or juice--anything except water. It usually affects children between the ages of one and two years. Breastfed infants who fall asleep while breastfeeding are also at risk.
What are the symptoms of nursing caries?
The following are the most common symptoms of nursing caries. However, each child may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
How can I prevent nursing caries?
The following are suggestions to help prevent nursing caries:
Do not allow your child to go to bed with a bottle filled with anything but water.
Wean your child from the bottle in a timely manner.
Begin good early mouth care of the gums and teeth.
Give fluoride supplementation, as recommended by your child's doctor.
Have early dental visits for your child.