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Baby Teething Blues: Consider these safe and easy teething remedies

Nov 28, 2016 08:15AM ● By Hood Magazine
By Kim Suga, DDS, Family Dental Center

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently warned consumers to stop use of all homeopathic teething remedies. The FDA is stating these products contain a small level of a substance called ‘belladonna’. Belladonna is toxic at high levels and can cause symptoms such as: seizures, difficulty breathing, lethargy, excessive sleepiness, muscle weakness, skin flushing, constipation, difficulty urinating, or agitation. The problem with these over-the-counter remedies is that the levels of belladonna are inconsistent. Thinking about putting your precious baby at risk unintentionally is scary, especially when using a product that had been deemed safe. 

Teething is a part of every childhood and fortunately there are safe and easy ways to make it more comfortable for them. If your child has swollen and tender gums, a gentle massage with your finger and offering a cool teething ring or a clean, wet and cool washcloth to chew on, can easily do the trick. Something as simple as a clean, cool washcloth from the freezer can be life changing for your child! Please throw away all homeopathic remedies and keep your baby safe!
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