Most parents of a baby or small child have experienced the agony of teething. While some children sail right through tooth eruption without any fuss, other children seem to be in extreme pain. They cry, run a low fever, chew on everything in sight and generally seem to be miserable. For these children, some parents turn to teething necklaces and other nontraditional methods to ease their pain.
Typically, babies start teething between 4 and 7 months, and teething troubles can continue until most of the teeth are in. There is no set order for babies to cut their teeth, but most cut their top and bottom front teeth first. If the first tooth has not erupted by 7 months, this does not mean that something is wrong. The time at which the first tooth appears is often determined by genetics and can be much later in the first year or beyond. When babies are teething, their gums may be swollen or tender, they may run a low-grade fever and you may notice a bit more irritability than usual.
Because some babies experience more discomfort than others when it comes to teething, some parents turn to nontraditional methods to soothe the pain, such as amber teething necklaces. These necklaces are made of small amber stones. Supporters claim that wearing the stones against the skin releases soothing oils, which are then absorbed by the wearer, according to Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's product safety website. Some parents claim that these necklaces have helped relieve their children’s teething pain.
Teething necklaces, amber or otherwise, have a couple of potential hazards. The two main hazards are choking and strangulation. A necklace could break and scatter beads, which a child could choke on, or a child could strangle himself with a necklace if it became wrapped too tightly around his neck. These are both serious and potentially dangerous risks associated with teething necklaces, and you must take them into consideration if you are thinking about using these products.
If you are desperate to relieve your child’s teething pain, there are many safe products that you can use. Your baby might like to chew on a cold, wet washcloth or teething ring. Be sure to wipe your baby’s mouth often to keep his face clean and comfortable. If your child is eating solid foods, feeding him chilled yogurt or applesauce may soothe his gums. If none of these things help, ask your doctor about pain relievers or other remedies that might be appropriate for your little one.
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