When a baby’s first teeth come in, it can be a pain for the whole family. Incisors usually break through at around six months, leaving parents and infants in sore need of relief.
Although a number of popular treatments promise to soothe sensitive gums, not all methods are reliable, or even safe. Here’s an overview of the best — and worst — ideas.
Proponents of amber teething necklaces claim that the stones release a pain-relieving substance that's absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin. However, closer scrutiny reveals no scientific evidence to back up those assertions – and the beads may even pose a choking hazard.
Another no-no is lidocaine. The topical anesthetic can be toxic to infants and young children, leading to seizures, brain damage or even death.
Rely on these proven strategies to give your child risk-free relief:
And, finally, just wait. Your child’s last teeth should come in by age two or three, bringing teething troubles to a close.
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Last updated May 10, 2022
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