Painkillers Dangerous for Teething Babies

May 6, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Posted in guide, information | Leave a comment
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Painkillers dangerous for teething babiesIt’s common practice for some mommies to rub Anbesol or Orajel on their babies sore gums when they’re teething. But The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning that an ingredient in these pain relievers is linked to a serious illness……………read more

This recent article states that  teething gels can cause serious illness to babies due to them containing benzocaine, a topical anaesthetic.

Personally, I do not believe that there would be a sufficient amount of benzocaine in any product meant for babies or small children to actually cause harm. These products have been around for many many years. There is always a risk with any medicine though, particularly if there is an underlying problem, in this case, such as heart disease, breathing disorder or enzyme deficiency.

If you prefered not to take the risk then what alternatives could you use?

You can use cooled teething rings, these are bought already filled with water for you to put in the fridge. The coolness helps to soothe the gums and the baby’s chewing will help the teeth to cut through.

Use a clean damp face cloth  for baby to chew on. This can also help mop up the copious amounts of dribble a teething baby produces.

Teething toys, you can buy all sorts of colourful teething toys for baby to explore with his mouth.

Frozen pieces of fruit, baby can suck on these for comfort. The fruit can be boiled before freezing for a younger baby. It’s best to leave them for at least 5 minutes once they are out of the freezer to prevent freezer burns.

Homeopathic teething powders, contain all natural ingredients and can relieve the discomfort of teething.

At night it might be wise to give a baby over 3 months a small dose of baby paracetamol to ease the pain and help baby sleep better.

Teething can be a nightmare but it doesn’t last forever.


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