Teething Babies and Toddlers

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Could Pain-Killers Give Your Baby Asthma?

Seeing your baby in pain while teething is unbearable, and all moms want to help their child as much as they can. Giving them paracetamol – in the form of a medicine developed for infants – is what most moms believe to be a good solution to help alleviate their baby of pain, but new findings in Spain suggest this could be detrimental to your child’s health in the long run.

Link Found between Asthma and Paracetamol

All over the world many babies are given some form of paracetamol within the first six months of their life, whether that be to ease pain or reduce the symptoms of fever. The University of A Coruna in Spain has found a direct link between paracetamol and asthma, and it was discovered that children aged six or seven who had been given the pain killer at least twice a month were 5.4 times more likely to suffer from the respiratory condition.

Is It Unsafe?

There has been no official word to deter parents from giving their babies medicine containing paracetamol, but obviously many are concerned about the effects it could have on their child. It’s essentially a call that you’re going to have to make as a mom, which can be an unsettling prospect. If you choose to stop giving your child paracetamol as a matter of precaution, you’re going to need some alternative painkillers when you’re baby is teething.

Non-Medicinal Alternatives

Rather than going down the route of giving your child medicine, you could get them a cold teether to numb the pain. Simply pop it in the fridge and give it to your child to chew on; the cold plastic will help to ease the aching without you even having to reach for the medicine. If money is tight, a cold, wet flannel will do the same job.

A topical teething gel with antiseptic properties will stop any infections occurring in your baby’s mouth where the gums might be sore and broken. Make sure it’s a teething gel designed especially for babies though, as regular oral pain relief gels aren’t suitable for this age group.

Your baby might also develop a rash on their chin, neck or chest if teething causes them to drool more often than usual. To prevent this from happening, try to wipe their mouth as often as possible, and invest in an absorbent teething bib like these colorful ones from Amber Pumpkin.

Whatever you choose to do, as long as you’re making an informed decision and have your baby’s best interests at heart, you’re doing everything right. Only you know as a Mom what’s right, follow your gut.

Disclosure: Everything Mommyhood was monetarily compensated for this post. All opinions are 100% our own and were not influenced in any way. We only post content that we are sure our readers would be interested in.

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