Baby Teethers

Written by Norene Anderson
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Teething is a process that begins about the sixth week of pregnancy when the primary teeth begin to form below the gum line. Teething may manifest around four months of age with the first tooth showing by six months. It is very unusual, but some babies are born with a tooth already erupted. The process usually ends by about age three with a full set of primary teeth.

During this time, the gums will intermittently be irritated as a new tooth works through the tender gum. Many common symptoms accompany teething such as chewing, drooling, and being cranky. At this time, it is particularly important to provide excellent quality baby teethers. The instinct to chew is part of the way to get the tooth through the gum.

Safety for Baby Teethers

Chewing on a teether can provide a great amount of relief from the pain. Teethers are available in all shapes, colors, and designs. Some baby teethers are filled with water and offer relief when the teether has been refrigerated. The cold surface acts as a numbing agent and also reduces the swelling that accompanies the tooth eruption. Teethers should always be made of a material that can be properly sterilized. The constant moisture from the drooling mouth is an excellent medium for bacteria growth.

Baby teethers are made to go on the rail of the crib. These fit snugly on the rail and they are non-toxic and easy to clean. Many babies will bite on the crib rail just because it is there and it is the right height when they stand in the crib. Without the guard, they will be subjected to possible toxins in the paint or wood.

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