When we went to Stella’s 6 month pediatrician’s visit, in addition to the 4 shots they stuck in her poor little legs, we left with a prescription for fluoride drops. Fluoride, honestly, hadn’t even made it on my radar prior to this. After all, my kid does not yet have teeth. There are plenty of signs that they’re on the way, but thus far her maw remains as pink and toothless as the day she was born.
In any event, being a good mommy, I wanted this filled right away and the dosage of fluoride to commence. Over a week later and I have only given her one dose. Y’all, this stuff is VILE. I tasted a bit, and it is supposed to resemble grape (maybe?). But the smell is what is horrific. You know how adult vitamins smell? Kind of like fermenting dog food. This is WORSE. Or at the very least, this is much stronger. My child’s face contorted up like Jim Carrey’s. She was clearly very angry about this. And the smell clung to her for 3 days.
I have since started researching this issue. For starters, I’m not sure if our tap water contains it. Our community draws from a fairly extensive aquifer at multiple locations, and it doesn’t seem as if there is consensus on which (if any) wells have added it (our water company may as well be run out of a Pleistocene-aged cave, for as much info as their website contains). I also realize that due to the whole breastfeeding thing, she wouldn’t get as much, anyway. Still, some is better than none. And anything is better than these damn drops. Finally, there are a ton of websites/individuals who warn against giving babies fluoride. It’s pretty toxic stuff in doses greater than 6-8 ppm (parts per million).
So what to do? Fellow moms: any thoughts on this????