Preventing Baby Bottle Tooth Decay in Child Care

Baby bottle

Child care providers can help support good dental health in young children. Bottles should be used only for feeding, not as a pacifier or for comfort. Allowing infants to have unlimited access to a bottle of milk, formula, or juice, or a sweetened pacifier will cause tooth decay.

Baby bottle tooth decay is often painful and can damage all of a child’s primary teeth. Severe toothaches, cavities, loss of teeth, crooked permanent teeth and possible ear and speech problems can …

Guidelines for Child Care Providers to Prepare and Feed Bottles to Infants

Bottle feeding baby

Infants in child care programs have special feeding needs, and developing a feeding plan should be an important part of enrolling an infant in child care. Parents and child care providers must work together closely to ensure that infants are being fed in ways that promote healthy growth. Child care providers are responsible for feeding infants in their care appropriately based on the regular feeding routines parents have developed in consultation with their child’s pediatrician.

Helping Parents Make Infant Feeding