Kids go through a lot of stress when growing up, from learning how to walk (which includes the odd fall here and there) to getting their first couple of teeth. It's not all rainbows and delicious baby food, there are definitely a few struggles children endure, and getting their first set of teeth is one of them. The pain children go through when their teeth are coming through their gums seems to be severe at the time. We all know how they feel because we went through the same thing, but each mother goes about coping with their pain in different ways.
Some mothers go down the natural route and some buy the new product that’s out on the shelf. Some products have good marketing, but they are not necessarily good for the baby. There are quite a few products that babies shouldn’t be putting in their mouths and we are about to find out which products and why they are not so good for our wee ones. The more a mother researches, the better the outcome is. Our babies should be given natural, healthy substances. It’s in a mother's hands to make sure they receive the necessary care.
20 What You Should Know About Using A Little Something On Your Baby's Gums
Some parents think that rubbing whiskey on their child’s gums will help the child’s pain and not only that but will help their kid sleep. According to vinepair.com “since the mid-1800s, parents and doctors have had an ambivalent reaction to dosing babies with hard liquor. Dr. M. Esther Harding, a psychiatrist and the first American Jungian psychoanalyst, wrote in 1920, “Alcohol is, I suppose, the most valuable sedative and hypnotic drug we possess for infants and young children.” Harding recommended a hot toddy as a useful “sleeping draught” for infants, but warned that even “small doses of spirit” could easily damage a baby’s liver.”
It’s better to play it safe and use a different product than alcohol. The baby is obviously very young and putting their liver at risk is not something you want to do or need to do.
19 Teething Rings Are A Choking Hazard
Teething rings seem like a good thing to buy for your baby to help with their pain. You especially think so when you read that they are non-toxic and BPA free. Unfortunately, some products claim that they are all this and that but they still do have harmful chemicals on them. Which again mean that they are still not that great.
According to cbsnews.com “to simulate the toy in the mouth of a baby, the scientists placed the teethers in water for an hour and found that BPA, plus a range of different parabens and antimicrobials — including triclosan and triclocarban — leached out into the water from most of the teethers.”
18 Stay Clear Of Orajel
Orajel is that numbing gel that has been around for a while and a product that a lot of people turn too but maybe shouldn’t. There is a substance in orajel, which is called Benzocaine. Benzocaine is an anesthetic that is supposed to stop gum pain, but unfortunately, it could cause a rare and sometimes fatal condition called methemoglobinemia. That condition is a blood malady where the oxygen that’s transmitted through the blood to the tissues drops to precariously low levels. Contingent on the severity of the situation, it could cause a child to pass away. Therefore to all you mothers out there, it’s important to always use caution with the products you put in your babies mouths.
17 Hot & Cold Teething Products Are Controversial
Hot and cold products: some will agree and some will disagree. Some believe that hot and cold products do more harm to your child than good. Why, because the temperatures throw your child off. Babies are very sensitive to foods and hot and cold beverages. Adults can be the same. Some adults cannot stand hot beverages and some can’t stand ice-cold beverages. Everyone has his or her own level of sensitivity. Some believe that giving your baby too many cold beverages and food items will make them more acceptable to cases of flu and infections. It’s personal preference and it’s totally up to the mother, what she thinks is right.
16 The Cold Spoon Treatment
The cold spoon treatment is good and bad. It’s good because it’s a natural remedy and your child will not get sick off any chemicals or substances you are putting in their mouth. The only thing to be careful with is the temperature of the spoon. If you are sticking in a freezing cold spoon this could make your child’s mouth very sensitive and they could become more sensitive to different foods. All and all, I would rather see you use a cold spoon on your baby than orajel. At least you know they will be safe and you don’t have to worry about the chemicals.
15 Household Items Could Be Trouble
Babies are known to eat everything in sight, especially when they are teething. This is because they are in pain and they want to shove everything they can in their mouth and whatever fits, usually goes in. Make sure you don’t leave anything around the house and in reach of your baby. There are many things around the house that could be hazardous to your child. It’s better to be safe than sorry. You might wake up and wonder why your child is so sick… you might not know because you were unaware of what your child ate and therefore they are not reacting to whatever it was they swallowed.
14 Are Natural Remedies The Way To Go?
Natural remedies are usually the safest bet with anything. Whether it comes to preparing food for your child or if they are teething badly, think natural and you should be good to go. One natural remedy you could try is rubbing your finger on the baby’s gums. If you don’t want to use your finger you can use a moist pad and rub in along their gums. This works as a soothing method to ease the pain. The same applies with a washcloth, you can dampen it and let the baby bite down on it. This usually helps occupy the child and they sometimes forget that they even had pain.
13 Amber Products For Teething, The Good & The Bad
Chewing on a necklace never seems like a good idea, especially if the necklace breaks… There are beads and if the necklace breaks, what do you think happens? The child will most likely swallow the beads or at least a few. Why run the risk? Not only can the necklace break but also you are running the risk of strangulation. The baby could get strangled with the necklace on. They could get it attached to something and it could choke your child. There are so many better products out there that are way more safe than using a necklace tied around your baby’s neck for teething purposes.
12 Do They Really Need A Teething Product?
Depending on the parent, some parents do not like to see their baby in pain and they run to the drugstore and get whatever they can. Some parents are a little more old school and use natural products that are around the house or they choose to use nothing at all. Your baby does not necessarily need teething products, you can choose the appropriate foods for your child to eat and that will play a huge impact on the pain your baby goes through while they are teething. Again if you want to use something, why not try a damp washcloth, which was stated earlier. It’s not only beneficial for your child but everyone has one of these at home too!
11 Natural Teething Tablets Could Be Dangerous
Again, teething products can claim that they are natural but not always are they 100% natural and safe. The FDA issued a warning last year about homeopathic teething products for babies which were based on numerous complained of serious reactions from consumers over a span of a decade. The complaints included over 10 babies who passed away from using these products. The products were removed from the shelves in the United States of America but are still sold all around the world and were available for a cost of $5.00. The price was very appealing; therefore the company sold a lot of products.
10 Dipped Pacifiers Could Cause Tooth Decay
There are many reasons as to why children should never use pacifiers. Dipped pacifiers could indeed cause tooth decay, depending on what you are dipping them in. According to colgate.com “The long-term use of a pacifier influences the shape of the mouth and the alignment of the teeth because as babies and toddlers mature physically, their jaws grow around anything held inside on a repeat basis. In fact, overusing pacifiers affects mouth and teeth development in the same way as long-term thumb-sucking.”
Not only will your baby depend on a pacifier for a long while after their teething is over, you will have a struggle trying to get them away from it.
9 Numbing Products Belong In The Garbage
It is never okay to numb a child because it is only a cover-up that doesn't really relieve pain. There are so many better substances you can use instead of a numbing cream. Not only will the numbing affect the way your child feels, but also they could be in even more pain than before. They will feel something strange happening to their bodies and it could affect them in different ways. If you have any numbing products lying around your house, I would put them in the garbage where they belong. Don’t give your baby something that could do more harm than good.
8 Massaging Your Child’s Gums Is Just As Beneficial
Yes, Yes, Yes! Massaging your child’s gums is very beneficial and is a natural way to soothe your baby’s gums. They no only enjoy you sticking your finger in their mouth but they like the feeling of the message on their irritated gums. Babies are funny and what makes them feel good might make you wonder. Whatever works-works and if it is not hurting the baby than you are doing the right thing. The child’s gum could be sensitive to touch as well, so it’s important to go slow and not just jam your finger into their mouth. Remember they are sensitive and you need to do everything with caution and very slow.
7 Do Teething Products Lead To More Issues?
Depending on the teething products you decide to use on your babies gums they could lead to more issues and some of those issues could cause tooth decay and other harmful infections in your mouth. Doing the appropriate amount of research before your baby experiences what it’s like to start teething is important and will pay off. Don’t run the risk of your children losing their teeth because you have chosen the wrong products to put in your child’s mouth. As a mother, they are in charge of the products they want to use and whether they want to run the risk of their child developing more problems.
6 Will A Wash Cloth work?
A washcloth will work for a while. The cooling effect of a cold washcloth will ease the pain from your baby’s gums. It is affordable and you can reuse and re-wet a washcloth whenever needed. You can even put some natural flavoring on the washcloth to make your baby taste something different. Of course, that flavoring should be natural and something that will not harm your baby. A lot of mothers try this method first and see if their baby feels at ease using a washcloth. It’s never too late to wet a washcloth and run it against your baby’s gums. It will either help the pain subside, or they will feel no different. Make sure you always use a clean washcloth!
5 Teething Necklaces
Teething necklaces apply to the amber necklace post. Necklaces are just not a good idea for your child for various reasons. The first reason being that necklaces break very easily without having to put them in your mouth. Babies can be very aggressive with what they put in their mouth and these necklaces could break very easily inside their mouth. This, of course, is a hazard because the baby could choke on the beads and become very ill. They could also strangle themselves with the necklace and get caught up on something. They are just not a good idea for your child.
4 Are Teething Products Just A Money Grab or Do They Actually Help?
It all depends on the teething products you buy for your children. Some can be good and some can be bad. For one reason some think they are a money grab because using a cold spoon or washcloth or buying the appropriate foods for your baby to eat is just as beneficial. It all depends on the approach you take with your baby. Some are definitely a money grab and those products are usually the ones that are not very good for your baby to consume or put in their mouth. They are usually the more expensive ones that a lot of people think are the best ones. The products that cost more do not mean they are better for your child.
3 Are There Certain Foods Babies Shouldn’t Eat When They Are Teething?
Babies should stay away from citric and acidic foods as they could cause irritation and can sting their gums, which will cause more pain for your baby than they are already experiencing. This is a no-brainer but do not feed your children anything that is spicy. You would be surprised that garlic and foods that are not considered spicy still so have a bit of a spice. These types of foods are not favorable by your child and the same applies to foods with a lot of salt. Salt could cause irritation and sting your baby’s gums. It’s better to just stay away and feed them plain food that will not irritate their gums.
2 Everything To Know About Frozen Supplies
Children love ice cream and trust me they are not the only ones. However, giving your child too many frozen and cold products could do more harm than good. You have heard me rant about how children are sensitive with hot and cold products and how they can build up sensitivities, as they get older. Make sure you monitor and keep track of how many cold products they have had throughout the day. Not only do frozen products have a lot of sugar in them, they are not all the healthiest options. Every now and then is good for your child, especially for their taste buds but you can overuse these products very fast.
1 Vitamin D is All They Need
Vitamin D is not only good for the health of their gums; it is an overall good vitamin for children and adults to take daily. Children lack sunlight when they are babies and vitamin D will supply them with the necessary vitamins to supplement for the lack of that. You might think the baby gets enough Vitamin D in breastmilk, but unfortunately, that is not true. The baby is only getting a small trace of Vitamin D in the milk. Giving your baby a Vitamin D every day will not harm the child in any way but will help their bodies function properly.