Teething Toys Safety Tips
Teething rings and teething toys are not necessary. But these toys provide comfort and help in relieving pressure in the gums so it is usually a good idea to give your little one something to chew on during her teething process. Most babies do not start teething at around 6 months but this can vary from one baby to another.
When your baby starts to drool more than usual, then it is a good sign of teething. If you want to confirm if she is indeed teething, you can check her gums and you should feel a small bump on your child’s gums especially if any of her teeth are about to break through.
During the teething process, pain and discomfort are to be expected since the teeth will have to break through the gums. Your baby might be cranky and irritable during this time as well due to the pain and discomfort she is feeling. Some babies even have trouble sleeping and cry a lot.
When this happens, there are many things you can do to lessen the discomfort and at least alleviate the pain your baby is experiencing. You gently massage your baby’s gums or you can give her something to chew on like a chilled clean washcloth. You can also serve her some chilled snacks like mashed bananas, yogurt and applesauce.
If you decide to use toys to make the entire teething process less painful for your baby, there are a few things to keep in mind.
Never freeze your teething rings or teething toys
Always read the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings before giving the teether to your baby. If the manufacturer indicated that you should chill these toys, follow the instructions on how to chill and how long to chill the toys for. The cool temperature of the teether helps relieve discomfort. However, avoid freezing the teethers. Frozen teethers are too hard and could harm your baby’s gums. Frozen objects like a frozen teether are extremely cold and could lead to frostbite.
Keep away from liquid-filled teethers
Liquid-filled teethers are definitely not recommended. Keep in mind that your baby will be chomping down the teether and might poke holes in it and she could accidentally ingest the liquid inside that might be contaminated.
There are many good alternatives to liquid-filled teethers that are far safer. If you want your baby chomping on a soft teether, you can always choose between natural rubber or silicone teethers.
Clean these toys every after use. Remember that teethers go into your baby’s mouth so it is important to keep them clean all the time. Check the package label of your teether for the care instructions.
It is never safe to tie a teething ring or any objects for that matter around a baby's neck. THe baby might pull the cord and it could tighten and choke her.
Never leave your baby alone with a teether.
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