FDA: Avoid Teething Products, Be Mindful of Baby’s Teeth


Baby’s TeethThe first throes of a baby’s teething period involve plenty of crying and screaming, to the distress of parents. To ease the pain of the little ones, parents turn to home remedies and tablets. Not all of these remedies, however, are safe.

FDA Recalls Homeopathy Teething Tablets

The Food and Drug Administration, for instance, issued a recall of teething tablets produced by homeopathy manufacturer Hyland. The organization found through a laboratory analysis that the product contained inconsistent belladonna levels and they may exceed the amount on the label.

In excess, belladonna is potentially toxic. Excessive levels of the substance may also cause seizures, fevers, and constipation, among other health symptoms.

Protecting Baby’s Teeth

While the FDA recommended that parents avoid certain products, caring for a baby’s teeth doesn’t end there. As soon as the milk tooth erupts, parents should bring them to practices that offer family dentistry, services to receive advice or two about how to properly care for their new chompers.

Here are, moreover, some important things to know when caring for new teeth:

Know when to start brushing

Your little one may have no more than their two, tiny front teeth, but dentists say they still need brushing. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing baby’s teeth as soon as they first come through.

Know how to brush properly

Brush your little one’s teeth with a child-sized toothbrush, until they are old enough to do it on their own. Use a smear of toothpaste just the size of a grain of rice. Once the child reaches the age of three, you can increase the amount of toothpaste to a pea-sized amount.

Dentists recommend that parents take the baby for a visit before they turn a year old. Babies can get cavities as soon as the teeth come out, and regular dental visits help ensure their teeth are clean, strong, and straight.

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