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Explain the issues around bottle use in babies and toddlers.?

Explain the issues around bottle use in babies and toddlers.?

Tooth Decay: It doesn't take long for our mouths to be colonized with a bacteria called streptococcus mutans. This is the bacteria most responsible for dental caries or cavities. When infants who have teeth go to bed with a bottle of milk it feeds this bacteria with the sugar in the formula or milk causing it to release a substance called glucan. Glucan is very sticky and causes tooth decay and cavities. ...Read more

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Marijuana (Cannibis) Use (Definition)

Marijuana ("pot") intoxication is the euphoria, relaxation, and sometimes undesirable side effects that can occur when people use marijuana. Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in the United States. The drug is usually smoked, but is sometimes eaten. Today, there are more than 12 million marijuana users in the United States and more than 300 million regular users worldwide. ...Read more


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Is magnesium citrate safe to use? GI told me to drink 1 bottle & use enema to clean me out & start Linzess tomorrow 4 chronic constipation. Side effec

Is magnesium citrate safe to use? GI told me to drink 1 bottle & use enema to clean me out & start Linzess tomorrow 4 chronic constipation. Side effec

Common protocol: This is a commonly used protocol for cleaning out the bowel. The fact that it is available in many areas over the counter gives you an idea of how safe it is.The most common effect is you go to the bathroom a lot and it often makes you very loose. ...Read more

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I have a bottle of 5 mg glipizide tablets that I forgot to use. Bottle says Use before 7-27-18. Are they still safe to use?

I have a bottle of 5 mg glipizide tablets that I forgot to use. Bottle says Use before 7-27-18. Are they still safe to use?

Probably OK: Drug expiration dates are very arbitrary -- they mean only the drug's effectiveness and side effects haven't been tested after a longer time. If properly stored and not overheated, like in a car's glove box, almost certainly it's still effective with no increased risk of side effects. Anyway, this may be an arbitrary date, a year after the prescription. ...Read more

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I just accidentally drank old water it could be a week old or more.. it was in a bottle I use to fill my diffuser is there anything I should watch for? Should I be worried about this? It was a aquifana bottle and had a mix of another water in it.

Old water....: Unless the bottle you drank from was contaminated with something, you should be fine. You do realize that water does not have an expiration date... the water you are drinking today has been around since the dawn of time and has been recycled hundreds of millions of times. There is no such thing as "new" water. ...Read more

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What is the best bottle to use?

What is the best bottle to use?

Brest is best 2.0: ...But if you need a bottle, i like the ones that have a little bag inside that deflates as the baby drinks the contents. Less likely to lead to swallowed air, which is what the gas is in a gassy baby. ...Read more

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What's the best brand of bottle to use for newborns?

What's the best brand of bottle to use for newborns?

Baby bottle: Any brand of bottle will suffice. No special bottle is needed although the nipple may be more important. ...Read more

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I am going to breatfeed only for 6 weeks. Pumping & going back to work. Is the tommee tippee bottle the best bottles to use?

I am going to breatfeed only for 6 weeks. Pumping & going back to work. Is the tommee tippee bottle the best bottles to use?

Who knows?: Normal healthy babies can use a regular standard nipple & bottle, easily found in any store. Standard nipples have worked fine for decades. But if a baby is having trouble with the milk-flow from a standard nipple, other nipples can be tried. Also, if a baby seems to be swallowing too much air while feeding, other nipples may be tried. ...Read more

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What is a good age to take a child off her bottle and use only cups?

What is a good age to take a child off her bottle and use only cups?

12-15 mos.: I recommend by 15 months of age to eliminate bottles (and pacifiers) to protect the teeth. But any time earlier is fine. ...Read more

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When should a child be taken off a bottle and pacifier? How do you ween also? My son is drinks milk from a bottle and use a pacifier for security.

When should a child be taken off a bottle and pacifier?  How do you ween also? My son is drinks  milk from a bottle and use a pacifier for security.

The natural time of : Weaning is around a year, when whole milk & milk products are limited to 16-21 0z./day to avoid constipation, iron deficiency anemia (which can cause developmental delays), & ?'ed appetite for solids. Juice is limited to 4-6 oz./day. Sipping milk/juice off & on or falling asleep with a bottle promotes cavities. Use an open-mouthed cup with 2 handles to promote lip closure for speech. ...Read more

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How long to use bleph 10 (sulfacetamide) for pink eye ? prescription on bottle says "use as directed".

How long to use bleph 10 (sulfacetamide) for pink eye ?  prescription on bottle says "use as directed".

Usually 5-7d: Most pink eye meds do their work quickly & can be stopped after 5-7 days. Bleph 10 (sulfacetamide) can be a little irritating so a little redness with use is common. Some providers will recommend using it longer. Many patients that do not seem to respond actually have a viral process that may tale a few weeks to resolve. ...Read more

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My friend has 4th stage breast cancer, her lungs are filling up with tumors, why wouldn't her docs give her an oxygen bottle to use whenever needed?

My friend has 4th stage breast cancer, her lungs are filling up with tumors, why wouldn't her docs give her an oxygen bottle to use whenever needed?

Unclear: Oxygen would only be helpful if her oxygen levels are low. This is easily checked at the md's office and it may be that even though your friend has multiple metastasis, she does not have low oxygen levels. ...Read more

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What is the best bottle nipple to use?

What is the best bottle nipple to use?

Whichever works best: Use the nipple that your baby feels most comfortable feeding with regardless of age. I recommend silicone nipples. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between artificial tears in a bottle vs. single use vials?

Is there a difference between artificial tears in a bottle vs. single use vials?

Preservative-free: Usually, eyedrops in a bottle are meant for multiple doses, and have a preservative to prevent germs from growing in the bottle after the bottle is opened. Single-use vials are meant for only one dose (one use), and do not need preservatives because they are expected to be thrown away after being opened. ...Read more

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Whats the best way to break my 17 month old twins from the bottle? They only use it when going to sleep

Whats the best way to break my 17 month old twins from the bottle? They only use it when going to sleep

Wean: I would recommend you slowly wean from milk or formula to water, they generally lose interest once you get to 3/4 water, but at least it won't risk their teeth! you mix a little more water with the milk every week, general if you use 4 oz of milk, then start with 3 oz milk to 1 oz water, then go to 2 and 2, and finally to 1 milk/3 water, it may take a week or so at each step. Good luck! ...Read more

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My 4 years old son has high arched palate. He still Uses bottle feeder. What should i do. Please suggest?

My 4 years old son has high arched palate. He still Uses bottle feeder. What should i do. Please suggest?

Pedodontist: Was your son seen by a Pedontist (Pediatric Dentist) yet? This is recommended around the age of one. Regardless you son should be examined and you counselled not only for Orthodontic considerations but also for general oral hygiene and cavity prevention. ...Read more

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I found a layer of mold? Imside half of water bottle that I use daily. Is it harmful to 31 week old unborn baby? I m very scared now.

I found a layer of mold? Imside half of water bottle that I use daily. Is it harmful to 31 week old unborn baby? I m very scared now.

No: No, your digestive enzymes(hydrochloric acid) will take care of ingested mold. However, please thoroughly wash and rinse that water bottle to avoid a case of the "grunge". ...Read more

Baby Bottle Syndrome (Definition)

Baby bottle syndrome is dental caries resulting from prolonged use of baby bottles especially with juice or other sugary drinks. The distribution of the caries start in the central middle teeth- central incisors- where teeth are in contact with the bottle nipple. If severe can result in loss of baby teeth and sometimes ...Read more


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Baby Bottle Tooth Decay (Definition)

Circumferential decay of deciduous teeth, most commonly incisors, usually in the gingival 1/3 of the crowns, Caused by putting child down to nap or sleep with a bottle containing milk or juice. Sugars in the liquids lay on the teeth, combine with bacteria (plaque) to ...Read more