The Paediatrician and Pediatric dentist's advice dilemma.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for about 6 months, followed by continued breastfeeding as complementary foods are introduced, with the continuation of breastfeeding up to 1 year
While the IAPD Recommends
Oral care of infants from Day 1 starting from gum massage to wiping gums with a clean cloth after every feed.
It also recommends introduction of fluoride toothpaste as soon as the first tooth erupts.
Early childhood caries can be avoided EARLY.
Prolonged Breastfeeding as per recommendation and no/minimal oral care equals ECC.
The threat of Early Childhood caries is real in children as young as 12 months.
Oral care of infants since day one is equally important as breastfeeding.