Posted tagged ‘swollen gums’

Teething rings do not work!!

December 10, 2009

Babies don’t like them. Would you? They are too cold to hold.

Male deer or elk shed their antlers annually as a prelude to the regeneration, or re-growth, of new ones. Their horns, covered in velvet, are very sensitive so they rub frantically to get it off.

One day I was examining a 6 month old with early signs of the first tooth eruption. The baby was drooling like crazy. I saw a sliver of white trying to break through some swollen gums and I thought of those elk. I took my tongue depressor and started filing away.

SURPRISE!!   The baby loved it and smiled while I continued to file.

Since then every baby has responded in the same way. For infants under 1 year I use my fingers and rub firmly. With my baby I use a toothbrush and brush her red and swollen gums. Now that my daughter is 15 months, she holds her own baby toothbrush as I supervise. Caution – Don’t leave your child walking around unattended with a toothbrush in hand or mouth.

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