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The Teething Tricks to Use and Avoid

December 2, 2016

Did you know there are things you can do to soothe your teething baby? Well, it’s true! However, there are also things you should avoid when trying to soothe your child. Today, our Victoria Pediatric Dental & Orthodontics team would like to tell you all about the teething tricks to use and avoid so you and your child can have a better teething experience. Here is the information you are looking for:

Don’t try this at home:

-Many people like to use amber teething necklaces. However, our team asks you not to. The necklace manufacturers claim that the stones release a pain-relieving substance that is sent into the bloodstream after transferring through the skin, but there is no scientific evidence that supports this theory. The beads in the necklace may also pose a choking hazard.

-Don’t use lidocaine. Lidocaine is a topical anesthetic that can be toxic to young children and infants. Using this substance can result in seizures, brain damage, or even death.

Tried-and-true methods:

After washing your hands, use your fingers to massage your child’s gums. Be careful while doing so—it’s natural for your child to bite you.

Put a spoon in the refrigerator or freezer for a moment to let it cool. Then, place the spoon in your child’s mouth. Put it on the sensitive gums.

While watching your child closely, let them chew on a cold washcloth.

Before giving your child their binky, chill it in the refrigerator.

Give your child a teething ring to bite on whenever they feel is necessary.

If you avoid the bad tricks and use the helpful tricks, you’ll be on the right track toward helping and soothing your child. Teething can be an uncomfortable experience for you and your child, so if you have any questions or if you would like more tips on how to make this phase better, please call our office today at (361) 433-4704. Your dentist, Dr. Manshadi, Dr. Roden-Johnson, and Dr. Afridi, and our dental team are more than happy to tell you more about teething in Victoria, TX!