Teething Tips!


Teething can sometimes be a difficult stage for infants. Below are some helpful tips and pointers regarding ways in which you as parents can confront your child's teething issues. 

 

 

Keep in mind there are several signs/symptoms your child may display that can be related to their teething, including, drooling, diarrhea and a low-grade fever. 

"Keeping your child hydrated, sticking to a BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce and toast) and giving them children's Tylenol will often reduce the diarrhea and fever, and alleviate some of the pain associated with teething."

Chilled teething rings are very helpful as they tend reduce the pain and swelling of the gum tissue.  The hard material also helps break-up the gum tissue and allow the teeth to erupt a bit faster. If your teething toddler will not tolerate a chilled teething ring, massaging the gums with your fingers also helps to alleviate some of the pain and irritation from teething.


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"Wooden teething rings, Sophie the Giraffe and teething necklaces made of hard cotton balls are great alternatives to chilled teething rings."


I always warn parents about the dangers of Baby Orajel. I know it is marketed as a topical to help with teething issues in toddlers, but there have been some very serious medical complications, in particular, methemoglobinemia (a blood disorder that decreases your red blood cells ability to release oxygen), with its use in children under 2 years of age. Here is a helpful link discussing this in more detail: FDA Warning for Baby Orajel

Finally, avoid using other over-the-counter products that have not been tested for their efficacy or safety.  I would first speak with your pediatric dentist before using these products.

As always, if you have any questions feel free to leave a comment!