Baby (primary) teeth are an important part of your child’s growth and development. Children with healthy teeth chew better, learn to speak more clearly and smile with confidence. A healthy mouth doesn’t have the germs that could put a child’s health at risk.
give teething biscuits. They are high in sugar and can cause tooth decay.
use teething rings filled with fluid. A hole can easily form and bacteria can enter and cause sickness. Small pieces of plastic can come apart and cause choking.
give raw vegetables or hard pieces of fruit for teething relief for babies. They are a choking hazard.
give numbing gels with benzocaine or lidocaine. The gels can numb the back of the throat and cause swallowing problems, choking, seizures, heart problems or death.
use teething necklaces. Any type of necklace around your baby’s neck could strangle or choke your baby.
If your baby seems uncomfortable and you’re thinking about using a teething medicine, talk to your health care provider or call Health Link Alberta toll-free in Alberta at 1-866-408-LINK (5465).
Teething may not be causing your baby’s problem
Teething doesn't cause:
These are signs that your baby is sick, not teething. To learn more about these symptoms and when to call your health care provider, call Health Link Alberta toll-free in Alberta at 1-866-408-LINK (5465).
Beaded teething necklaces
There are a lot of teething necklaces that make health claims including the ability to decrease teething pain. Any type of necklace around your baby’s neck can cause choking and strangulation. Necklaces can catch on furniture, hooks or other objects.
Never put a necklace, string, ribbon or chain of any kind on a child younger than three years old.
Keep these items away from children to prevent the risk of strangulation or choking.
These recommendations are also supported by the Canadian Paediatric Society and Health Canada.
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