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Is it teething time? Then we at Allen Pediatric Dentistry feel for you and your child. This can be a rather difficult process, with many sleepless nights and a clingy child. We do want to assure you that this is completely normal. Also, the outcome will be worth it. You’ll likely want to remind yourself of this often. In the meantime, however, here are some dos and don’ts from Dr. Jessie Hunter to help your child feel better (and you feel better as a result):

Do:
-put a spoon, teething ring or pacifier in the refrigerator to save for rough moments. The moment your child shows signs of teething issues, give them the spoon to chew on. This will soothe your little one’s pain and put pressure on the teething area as well.

– use your finger when you aren’t around teething tools. Quickly wash your hands and then massage your child’s gums gently with your pointer finger.

Don’t:
-let your child chew on amber teething necklaces. These are marketed as releasing a substance that relieves pain, but there is no scientific evidence to back that up and it may be a hoax. The necklaces can even be a choking hazard.

-give your baby Lidocaine. This is a topical anesthetic that can be poisonous to infants and young children. It can cause seizures, brain damage, and death.

Do you have more questions about teething in Allen, Texas? Please call Allen Pediatric Dentistry at 972-727-0737. We are more than happy to support you as you help your child through the teething process. Feel free to visit Dr. Jessie Hunter for an appointment as well to make sure the process is going swimmingly.