This article, entitled "Teething Tips," comes from Taryn Vanderford, MomsEveryday correspondent from Lincoln, NE.
Teething is a normal part of babyhood, and while we all want our little one's sore gums to be soothed, some methods are better than others.
The FDA says parents should avoid rubbing prescription drugs on their baby's gums, and instead use non-toxic alternatives.
Prescription and over-the-counter products that contain benzocaine or viscous lidocaine, which serve as anesthetics, can lead to a rare but serious condition in which the amount of oxygen carried through the blood stream is greatly reduced. Children under 2 are at a particular risk.
Instead of reaching for drugs, the FDA recommends soothing baby's gums by gently rubbing them with your finger, giving your tot a cool teething ring or a clean, wet and cool washcloth to chew on.
All babies teethe and will get 20 teeth from about 6 months to 3 years old.