With the big scare in the news over homeopathic teething tablets and benzocaine-containing teething gels, it’s time to take another look at the items your teething child is putting in his/her mouth on a daily basis.
“We recommend parents and caregivers not give homeopathic teething tablets and gels to children and seek advice from their health care professional for safe alternatives,” said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research to Fox News.
Now for the record, I never used numbing gels with my children after reading early-on that benzocaine can numb a child’s throat and tongue (not just the gums), making it difficult for them to chew or swallow. I did, however, use Hyland’s homeopathic tablets with all three of my children and loved them. I can’t verify how well they actually worked for the pain, but with a slightly sweet taste, firm texture, and easily dissolvable consistency, the tablets were, at best, quick pain relief and, at worst, a short-term distraction. I still strongly believe there is nothing wrong with these homeopathic tablets. If you know anything about homeopathy, you know that the levels of any ingredient are typically at the molecular level with extremely low potency. To put it in perspective, your child absorbs more harmful substances by crawling across the carpet or drinking tap water from a plastic sippy cup than chewing on homeopathic tablets.
So, if you still want to avoid teething tablets and teething gels, CNN recommends instead giving your child:
- Solid teething rings (not liquid-filled, as these can burst in your child's mouth)
- Frozen foods such as bananas, berries, or bagels (in a mesh feeder if your child is under 9 months)
- A clean finger for a gentle massage
- A wet, frozen washcloth
These are all good teething remedies. I happened to use my silicone kitchen spatula because 10 years ago there wasn't anything better. It was fantastic - the firmness of the silicone helped relieve the pain from inflamed and swollen gums, and the chewy texture satisfied and distracted my children. Plus, the noise their gums made on the squeaky silicone kept them entertained for hours, and frankly, they simply weren't interested in crying with a silicone spatula in their mouth.
However, a silicone spatula was definitely NOT a safe and appropriate teething toy. That’s why in 2014, I started designing my silicone teething toys for babies and toddlers.
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All the best!
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