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Teething Tablets Secrets They don’t Want You to Know
- Updated: December 19, 2015
Teething tablets are something we older people got used to during our childhood, but apparently recent studies have shown that you may want to reconsider giving the teething tablets for your kids and toddlers. But before we get to the good part, let’s discuss how a kid’s teeth develop. We’re talking about normal growth of teeth in babies and toddlers.
In most cases, most babies start their teeth growth when they are less than 1 year old. Some grow their first tooth in the 6th month, while other takes longer. The first set of teeth erupted is the upper and lower central incissors, and followed by the rest of their milk teeth. In general most of the toddlers have a complete set of milk teeth when they are three years old.
During this spur of growth, there may be some discomforts that are often called as the teething symptoms. These symptoms may involves mild fever, hard to sleep, loss of appetite, etc. None of them are really serious, actually. But in some cases, there are children who have almost no teething symptoms.
Are Teething Tablets Safe?
Some mothers may feel sorry for their children and give teething tablets to relieve the pain and discomfort. But do you know what’s inside of teething tablets?
Teething tablets are considered as homeophatic remedies for teething symptoms. You can find them easily in many stores, because they are sold as over the counter product. Most of the teething tablets on the market uses the same ingredient, which may include calcium phosphate, coffee seeds, belladona and chamomile.
According some of the researches results, the belladona is indeed safe if they are taken on a very small dosage. However, overusing this ingredient may give you food poisoning. The toxic properties can give you constipation, flushed skins, problems in urinating, muscle weakness, lethargy and sleepiness. The U.S. FDA is still questioning the safety of this ingredient. Some of the teething tablets sold at the market indeed contain belladona, although the belladona used is very small.
Bottom line is, you can still give your kids teething tablets as long as you follow the instruction. You also have to place the tablets far away from the children’s reach.
If you are unsure of using teething tablets, you can opt for non-liquid teething ring to help your children soothe their teeth. Remember, using liquid teething ring has its risk (bacteria may develop inside the liquid). You also need to clean these products after they are used. This is an important baby dental care step.
So, are you still using teething tablets?