There's been a lot written about teething over the years. Some of it good advice, but there's a lot of "old wives tales" too. It's just as important to know what not to do at this stage of your child's life. Surprisingly some of the old fashioned remedies can sometimes be the best.

There's been a lot written about teething remedies over the years. Some of it is good advice, but there's a lot of "old wives tales" too. It's just as important to know what not to do at this stage of your child's life. Surprisingly some of the old fashioned solutions can sometimes be the best.

1. Don't use pain relief gel too often - If you use too much gel, it can numb the back of your baby's throat which weakens his gag reflex - a gag reflex stops him from choking on his own saliva. Although these types of teething remedies are usually safe, they can cause an allergic reaction in some people.

2. Don't put anything sweet, like honey, on pacifiers or dummies. Baby will come to expect it and may not accept the pacifier if it doesn't taste sweet. If your baby already has some teeth, the sugar could cause decay.

3. Don't give your baby a lot of fruit juice - Even natural fruit juices contain a lot of sugar, but, even worse, they also contain acid which can wear the teeth away over time. Give natural fruit juices in a cup, not a bottle, which may stay in contact with the teeth.

4. Don't use toothpaste containing a lot of fluoride - A baby will swallow the toothpaste so use a children's toothpaste with less fluoride (or no fluoride) until they are able to spit it out by themselves. Fluoride is toxic in excess.

5. Don't rub gums with alcohol - It should be obvious why alcohol isn't a good teething aid, however there are still those who use it. Perhaps they think the alcohol will help get baby to sleep - it won't!

6. Don't tie a teething ring around baby's neck - It may get caught in something and strangle him. Attach it to his clothes instead

7. Don't give teething rings containing liquid - Avoid rubber or plastic teething rings with liquid inside because they may break and leak. If you do use a teething ring, cool it in the freezer for a while. However remember to take it out of the freezer before it solidifies, it might bruise those already sore gums.

8. Don't skimp on cleaning milk teeth - If they're just going to fall out anyway, why bother cleaning them? Milk teeth can decay easily and fall out before their time. Those first teeth serve as a guide for the second teeth appearing after. Without this guide, baby's permanent teeth may grow crooked. As well, cleaning those first teeth teaches children good habits. Habits picked up at an early age usually stay with us for life.

9. Don't give baby too much Tylenol (acetaminophen) - Although it's generally thought to be safe, Tylenol may cause damage to the liver on overdose. Never exceed the maximum daily dosage!

10. Don't give baby aspirin, it's dangerous. Aspirin has been linked to a potentially fatal condition known as Reye's Syndrome in children. It's rare, but not worth the risk. So don't even rub baby's gums with anything containing aspirin.

You're probably wondering if there's anything you can do. There's plenty!

You can put a wet flannel in the fridge or freezer and give it to baby to chew. The cold will help soothe sore gums. Rubber teething rings or rings filled with water are fine to use, put these in the fridge too.

Use natural teething remedies for babies that are completely safe and contain natural ingredients such as:

Calcium phosphate promotes both healthy circulation and strong teeth and bones, Passiflora (Passionflower) soothes anxiety and promotes calmness and relaxation, Chamomilla (Chamomile) is a well known herbal remedy for teething which also supports sound sleep and Matricaria Recutitais soothes the nervous system and calms irritability during teething.

Recently there has been some issues about the dangers of teething tablets, so ensure that any remedy you are considering is completely safe.

Article Tags: Teething Remedies, Don't Give, Teething Rings

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