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7/12/18

Brooke Griffiths

My 10 month old has quite an attachment to sucking on an empty bottle, as opposed to a dummy, but his day care won’t let him have it as they claim it’s a choking hazard as per Red Nose's guidelines. I can’t seem to find any information on your website to support this though.

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Posted a response on 14/12/18

Red Nose

Hi Brooke,

Red Nose does not include sucking on an empty bottle as part of our Safe Sleep guidelines.

Other baby/child advice services do have some information on baby using a bottle of milk (or other liquid to soothe for sleep.) However, most of the information is in relation to the risk of choking, middle ear infections and risk of tooth decay.
Raising Childrens Network is one of those organisations. https://raisingchildren.net.au/newborns/breastfeeding-bottle-feeding/bottle-feeding/giving-the-bottle#dangers-of-bottle-feeding-in-bed-nav-title

I am not aware of any recommendation about allowing a baby to suck on an empty bottle in place of a dummy. It might be worth checking with your Health Professional about any risks of sucking on an empty bottle.

Have you see Red Nose information about dummy use? https://rednose.com.au/article/using-a-dummy-or-pacifier

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