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Diet counseling during the infant oral health visit.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15460303     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Diet counseling is an integral part of anticipatory guidance during the infant oral health visit. Similar to dietary instructions for children of all ages, the primary emphasis is on sugar intake frequency. There are, however, other infant-specific dietary issues that must also be addressed during the infant oral health visit. Breast-feeding should be promoted during the first year of life, although ad libitum nocturnal breast-feeding should be discouraged after the first primary tooth erupts. Bottle-fed infants should not be put to sleep with the bottle. Weaning from the breast or the bottle should be encouraged by 12 to 14 months of age. Infants older than 6 months and with exposure to less than 0.3 ppm fluoride in their drinking water need dietary fluoride supplements of 0.25 mg fluoride per day. Only 4 to 6 oz of fruit juice should be consumed by infants per day. Infants should not be given powdered beverages or soda pop, as these drinks pose increased risk for dental caries. Iron-fortified infant cereals, along with breast milk or infant formula, should be consumed by infants who are at least 6 months of age. Cow's milk should be completely avoided in the first year of life and restricted to less than 24 oz per day in the second year of life. Parents should be cautioned regarding the potential of various foods to constitute a choking hazard for infants.
S M Hashim Nainar; Shamsia Mohummed
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatric dentistry     Volume:  26     ISSN:  0164-1263     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatr Dent     Publication Date:    2004 Sep-Oct
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-10-04     Completed Date:  2004-10-25     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7909102     Medline TA:  Pediatr Dent     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  459-62     Citation Subset:  D; IM    
Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry, University ofMichigan, Ann Arbor, Mich, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Bottle Feeding
Breast Feeding
Cariostatic Agents / administration & dosage
Dental Caries / prevention & control*
Diet, Cariogenic
Dietary Supplements
Fluorides / administration & dosage
Infant Food
Infant Nutritional Physiological Phenomena*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Cariostatic Agents; 0/Fluorides
Comment In:
Pediatr Dent. 2004 Sep-Oct;26(5):389   [PMID:  15460290 ]

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