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Safe Teething Remedies for Babies

Not too long ago, the Food and Drug Administration cautioned parents against using homeopathic teething tablets and gels. Many parents are left wondering what the safest way is to help their children deal with teething.

The most common advice for parents with teething babies is to soothe them with chilled objects. Teething rings should be cooled in a refrigerator, not frozen, although frozen washcloths may be safely given to babies provided that they are not cooled to an extreme level. Food may be a choking hazard, and parents should monitor babies whenever they are eating, but some mesh products allow babies to suck frozen liquids safely. Parents may also try rubbing their baby’s gums with their fingers.

Teething usually begins when a baby is about six months old. Parents should start bringing their child to a dentist as soon as any tooth surfaces emerge to ensure they know how to clean their baby’s teeth properly. A dentist can also provide information about teething safety.

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