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A Guide to Teething

Did you know the best over-the-counter product for your teething toddler is no product at all?

Several over the counter teething medications include benzocaine which can dangerous to young children. The best thing for teething is to either rub their gums gently or to give them objects to chew on.

A washcloth or plush toy is often effective as well as several teething toys on the market. It is okay to cool the objects in the refrigerator but do not use frozen toys as that can cause damage to your child’s cheeks and gums. If your child is still having a hard time with teething, it is fine to give a dose of acetaminophen or ibuprofen (but only give ibuprofen if they are older than 6 months).

I recommend families avoid the use of amber necklaces for teething as they are not only a choking hazard but also place the child at risk for strangulation. As always, talk to your pediatrician with any questions or concerns.

If you have any questions, contact your pediatrician.

Amanda Parsons Jones, MD FAAP
Pediatric Associates of Charlottesville

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