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Dos and Do Nots About Teething Toys
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Posted on 5/24/2021 by Fariba Mutschler
Image of a baby teething a toy in Portland.When a baby's teeth start to erupt, they may not like the process too much, as it can hurt, causing them some discomfort. Therefore, a teething ring is often used to bring babies some relief and keep them from crying. Teething takes place between 4 and 7 months old. The teething ring is easy for a baby to grasp and offers a solution to teething symptoms, including swollen and tender gums, drooling, and eating and sleeping problems.

Do Keep the Ring Cool but Do Not Keep It Cold

Before you give your baby a teething ring, place it in the fridge to cool it. This will provide just the level of relief needed. Please do not leave it in the freezer and make it icy cold. Doing so can bruise a baby's delicate and tender gums. While a cool teething ring is helpful, getting it too cold can cause some real damage.

Do Watch Baby While He or She Uses the Teething Ring but Do Not Tie the Ring Around Their Neck

While you should always monitor your baby while he or she is using the teething ring, never tie the teething ring around your baby's neck to keep it in place. Doing so could lead a child to choke or, worse yet, could lead to strangulation. Always play it safe. Give the teething ring to your child and monitor its use. Never take your eyes off your baby and tie the ring around his or her neck.

Do Choose a Teething Ring Made with a Safe Material and Design – Do Not Choose a Teething Ring with Any Type of Adornments

You will find that teething rings come in various materials. Some are made with silicone, while others are designed with plastic. Do not buy a teething ring filled with a liquid, as a baby could chew through the ring, which would cause the liquid to spill in the baby's mouth. Also, be careful about buying some plastic teething rings, as they break easily, which could present a choking hazard. Any adornments or small parts attached to a ring are also dangerous. While they may serve to entertain a child, they can end up being hazardous.

Besides using a teething ring, it also helps to rub the gums with a cool washcloth, washing the cloth each time you use it. You can use a bottle as well, but only fill it with water. If you have any questions about your baby's dental health, we can answer them. Contact us today, to schedule a consultation, and dental exam.
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