March 29, 2020
When Does Teething Start?
Most babies start teething at around 6 months of age, but it can begin anytime between 4 and 10 months. Whilst timing can vary between babies, generally teeth come through in the following order:
Some babies breeze through the teething process but for most it can be painful. When teething starts your little one may cry more, drool more, eat less and in general be a little unsettled.
Teething Gel Dangers
There are many over the counter teething gels available. However, these contain ingredients that can be potentially harmful to your baby. One potentially harmful ingredient found in many teething gels is benzocaine. The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) warned that the use of benzocaine can lead to a serious condition called methemoglobinemia. Methemoglobinemia decreases the amount of oxygen flowing through the bloodstream and is particularly dangerous for children under 2 years. The FDA has urged manufacturers to stop marketing these products for treating teething in infants and children under 2 years due to the risks.
Fortunately, there are several safe and natural teething remedies which can provide relief to your little one. Some great natural remedies include:
Make sure that whatever remedy you choose, it is important that the activity is supervised and suits your child’s needs. If you have any concerns about any remedies or symptoms of teething please seek advice from you General Practitioner.
Teething can be a stressful time for you and your little one, hopefully some of these ideas help you both!
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