Teething is a common cause of pain and discomfort for infants and toddlers. It typically begins between 6-9 months of age, although it may begin as early as 4 months or as late as 14 months.
There are some safe remedies that will help to ease the discomfort of your child.
- Teething rings
- Frozen washcloths
- Over the counter pain relievers acetaminophen and ibuprofen
**Warning about OTC teething gels: On April 7, 2011 the FDA issued a safety announcement regarding the use of benzocaine teething products in children less than two years of age. These products, marketed under trade names such as Orajel, Baby Orajel, Orabase and Anbesol, can cause a serious and poten!ally lethal condition called methemoglobinemia. Methemoglobinemia occurs when hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying protein in red blood cells, is changed to a form that cannot transport oxygen to your cells and !ssues. It is therefore recommended to avoid these medica!ons due to the poten!al danger to your child.