At Wesley’s six-month pediatrician appointment, upon noting his two new teeth, our doctor prescribed him some multi-vitamin drops containing fluoride. We were instructed to give him one dose per day.
Later that week, we picked up the prescription and I sat down to administer the drops. Being curious, Wesley opened his mouth and let me squirt the vitamins onto his tongue.
What ensued was the saddest, most horrible “This is foul! What are you doing to me?!” kind of face I have ever seen him make before or since. He closed his mouth and dutifully swallowed the vitamins, all while looking at me like I was the most cruel person he had ever encountered.
I then decided, hey! I wonder what this actually tastes like? I had tasted his (sugary, grape-flavored) generic Tylenol before giving it to him, why wouldn’t I have tasted the (not-sugary, purportedly cherry-flavored) vitamins?
HOLY LORD it was awful. Truly, truly awful. Like, swamp-water-infused-with-iron kind of awful. I felt so horrible about inflicting that filth on my defenseless baby and I haven’t given it to him since.
I am not really a firm believer in an infant’s need for fluoride anyway, but I am obviously not a doctor or a scientist. KellyMom tells me there’s no conclusive evidence that babies need fluoride supplements. Clearly my pediatrician thinks otherwise, or else he wouldn’t have prescribed them. I am pretty sure Portland does not fluoridate its water.
We do give him a vitamin D supplement when we remember, because it’s recommended for exclusively-breastfed babies and it’s colorless, flavorless, and basically unscented. The multivitamin+fluoride drops are none of those things.
I don’t think I’m harming him by not administering the drops, especially since children under 2 aren’t supposed to even be given fluoridated toothpaste, but… why would my Ped prescribe them if he didn’t think Wesley should have them? What to do?