"Coke babies": soda in the bottle, what risks?

More and more parents fill their children’s bottles with soda. A phenomenon revealed in a survey by the newspaper Médiacités and which particularly worries health professionals for the teeth of toddlers.

What is the Baby Coke Phenomenon?

Virginie Menvielle, a journalist from the Médicités site in Lille, conducted an investigation, published on June 10, on the unknown ravages of sodas on very young children. Health professionals call them the “Coke Babies“and worry about the consequences on the toddler teething. Indeed, more and more parents are filling their children’s bottles with soda.

Soda in the bottle: what consequences on baby’s teeth?

Result: from the age of 3 or 4 years, the little ones already wear dental prostheses, present early cavities, stained, blackened or even holed teeth, notes the journalist who interviewed health and early childhood professionals as well as teachers. “We sometimes see one-year-old patients who only have four teeth, all decayed. Only the roots are left and we have no other solution than to extract them. explains Angéline Leblanc, dentist and author of a thesis on early caries at the University Hospital of Lille, covering 50 of her patients.

“Parents have fun watching their babies make faces because of the bubbles”

For teachers, parents are not always aware of the consequences on the health of their children. “We support parents in great social precariousness, who sometimes do not know how to read. They think they are doing the right thing and are not aware that what they make their children consume can be harmful. Some only receive bottles of Coke or Ice tea… “, notes Stéphanie Leclerc, head of the early childhood center in Lille. Worse still: “Parents have fun watching their babies make funny faces because of the bubbles. So they give it back“, she worries.

What to do against baby bottle caries?

For prevent the risk of baby bottle caries and preserve the oral health of children, the health professionals interviewed by the journalist then claim a ban on sugary drinks for children under the age of 6, as well as labels aimed at dissuading parents from giving sodas to their babies. Angéline Leblanc also recalls that “20% of the French population concentrates 80% of teething problems”. Good oral hygiene is essential both for baby’s teeth, but let’s not forget also the risks of childhood obesity. A bottle of water or milk is therefore preferred for baby food.

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