Not All Teething Products Are Safe!
As a new parent, you’re often inundated with advice from other parents and research. Paired with an upset, fussy baby – it can all be overwhelming. If you’re looking for a solution for a teething baby, you might be inclined to purchase the first product you see online or whatever your friend recommends. Even with the best intentions, you may end up giving your baby a teething product that isn’t safe.
Dangerous Teething Products
When you’re baby starts teething, and you’re looking to help relieve teething pain, there are a few things you should know first.
There are a lot of over-the-counter numbing gels that can be rubbed onto the gums to soothe pain. While these gels and creams may temporarily relieve some discomfort for your baby, their effects are not long-lasting.
Additionally, these gels can be dangerous for your baby. The main, active ingredient in most of the brand-name teething gels is benzocaine, a local anesthetic. Using benzocaine can sometimes lead to a condition called methemoglobinemia. This means red blood cells are unable to carry as much oxygen through the body.
Designed for quick relief, teething tablets are a homeopathic teething remedy that quickly dissolved when placed on the baby’s tongue or in a bottle. Unfortunately, the FDA found some teething tablets to be dangerous for children. FDA reported that some teething tablets were found to have high levels of belladonna, a toxic substance, in them.
There is a lot of teething jewelry marketed to help soothe teething babies. Some are designed to be worn by the parents and some by the baby. Typically these products are made from wood, soft silicone, or amber teething necklaces, and are designed for the baby to chew on to relieve pain.
These products are not recommended by the FDA because they pose potential dangers such as strangulation and choking hazards. They can also cause injury to the mouth or gums.
Best Teething Products for Safety
To help provide your child with teething relief, the FDA recommends giving your baby a firm, natural rubber teething ring. Additional tips include finding one that is dishwasher safe and teething rings should never be given to your baby frozen. Freezing them can make them too hard and painful for your baby’s gums.
Other Ways to Help A Teething Baby
If you’re looking to give a baby extra relief, there are a couple of ways to help without the use of products and teething toys.
● Give them a gentle gum massage with clean fingers or a soft-bristled toothbrush
● Let your baby chew on a cold, wet washcloth
● Over-the-counter pain relievers like infant ibuprofen or acetaminophen