Baby Care Basics:
5 Must-Know Tips for That First Week Home

1. Baby wipes
Most docs recommend avoiding premoistened diaper wipes for the first month of baby's life since some of their chemicals can irritate a newborn's tender skin. Instead, use cotton balls dipped in warm water. When baby’s ready for regular wipes, choose ones that are alcohol-free and unscented to prevent irritation.

2. Bath time
Until baby’s umbilical cord is off and healed, baby can only take sponge baths. Start by soaking your baby a little. Make sure to always keep one hand on baby, and remember that infants are especially slippery when wet. Start with his face–one area at a time since covering the whole face with a washcloth can be scary -- and work your way down. Make sure to thoroughly wash inside all the folds (under the arms, in the neck, the genital area, etc.) and save baby’s dirtiest parts -- aka the diaper area -- for last. Then, move back up and wash baby’s hair. And note: There’s no need to bathe more than every few days.

3. Newborn skin
At birth, baby's skin will probably appear to be dry. How come? It’s in the process of peeling off an entire waterproof layer of sorts. But in general, a baby's skin doesn’t need much specialized care -- just lots of TLC. A mild cleanser is safe, though many people recommend just plain water. Your baby's face takes a lot of abuse (just think of all that spitting!), so do your best to keep it clean. But if baby's skin seems excessively dry, irritated or itchy, or if you notice a rash or breakout, consult your pediatrician ASAP.

4. The umbilical cord get sucked into registering for cute toys or outfits Umbilical cord care has changed dramatically over the last 20 years; now, many hospitals recommend doing nothing but keeping the cord dry (read: sponge baths only). But some pediatricians still recommend using alcohol on the cord with each diaper change to speed up the healing process. That way you’ll be able to give your baby real baths, as opposed to sponge baths, sooner. So find out what your doctor recommends.

5. Fingernails and toenails
The safest way to keep a newborn’s nails short is to just file them and not cut them at all. Since the skin of the fingers is usually attached to the back of the nail, cutting the nails often results in nipping the fingertip too (ouch!). Even though the bleeding is minor and can be stopped quickly with a little pressure, it's very upsetting to the parent -- and always seems like a lot more blood than it really is! Once baby is a little older (18 months), you can cut their nails while they’re asleep.

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Q&A: Are teething tablets helpful?

Do teething tablets really help? What do they do?

Re: Do teething tablets really help? What do they do?

The Bump Expert Teething tablets don't work! Some even have medications that aren’t safe for children. Since babies teethe from 6 months old to 2 years old, I don't recommend medication at all. Cold washcloths or cold teethers are a safe alternative.

Dr. Paula Prezioso, MD, is in private practice at Pediatric Associates of New York City and is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the NYU Medical School.

re: Q: Teething tablets helpful?

I disagree my son actually benefited from the teething tablets as did my cousins three children. BTW I cleared the tablets i use with my pediatrician and she had absolutely no issue with them since they are herbal and all natural.

TakYelgif |

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I disagree. Although teething tablets are not useful for longterm discomfort relief they can give the baby a break while your pediatrician's recommended longterm relief takes effect. I use a tablet that is all natural with herbal ingredients and it works fantastic for this -- ceases crying and dries tears up in minutes.

silvurturtle |

re: Q: Teething tablets helpful?

Teething tablets made a huge difference with Joseph's teething pain, when all of the "expert" recommendations, from purchased teethers to frozen food to icy washcloths, were thrown away in screaming fits. Plus, they have the added bonus of letting Mom feel like she's doing something to make him feel better. Priceless!

LoriFalce |

re: Q: Teething tablets helpful?

I love Camilia drops - all natural! Baby like taking it and it helps a lot!

Jennifer0608 |

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We used Hyland Teething Tablets and baby Motrin at night - it really helped with the fussing! Even if it was jus the sweetness of the tablets that helped calm her down - I'm okay with the placebo effect working!

kipper1128 |

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Absolutely. I swear by them. Collyn stops crying instantly and we're all a happy family again.

arielle61083 |

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i liked the teething tablets and they worked great for my son and my friends son.

Jonahsmom821 |

re: Q: Teething tablets helpful?

I was told by my pediatrician that anything that contains belladonna is not safe for your child even if it is considered herbal. It is a sedative. The reason its helping is because its sedating the child. It is also toxic if they are given too much of it. I know that the Hylands teething tablets do contain belladonna because I called them for a specific list of ingredients that were in their teething tablets and also in their colic tablets. I think that it is probably safe in moderation like most things, but make sure you read the labels and check out all of the ingredients before giving it to your child. If it contains belladonna look up on wikipedia atropa belladonna.

jlpetty0880 |

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While it is true that hyland's and other teething tablets contain belladonna, which IS toxic, the amount used in the teething tablets is so miniscule, that a child would have to swallow about 6 bottles full at once to see any side effects. As always, clear it with your pediatrician first, and then speak to your pharmacist. You may not realize it, but your pharmacist has had 3-5 years of training in drugs and interactions, while Doctors usually only get about 3 semesters and are not necessarily as up to date on medications as a pharmacist must be.

Massage Mama |

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I live by those teething tablets. My doctor actually recommended them for my 10 month old. I love them!

emilysmommy30 |

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my daughter's Dr. recommended the teething tablets as well, and I did look them up (all ingredients are listed on Hyland's site) and researched the belladonna as well... if the tablets are given as instructed they are not toxic to baby... and they work like a charm for my baby girl!

RNE112506 |

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Those things have been a lifesaver for us!! I use them pretty regularly matter of fact. Sometimes that is all that will help her, that with a tylenol booster!

transcriber87 |

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Teething tablets are wonderful! They are FDA approved and the amount of belladonna is .0003% per tablet. For a child to be effected by belladonna they would have to consume 166 bottles of 200 perday. They have been around for over 60 years and my whole family uses them. We are perfectly fine. Teethimg tablets are the way to go!

kyrastapp |

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Actually, my mom suggested this for my 7 month old son. We never really need too much in helping him deal with teething, thankfully, but sometimes he would become a little cranky in dealing with the pain, so she introduced these "teething tablets" to us. I must admit that at first I was rather skeptical but I gave it to him once without even reading what ingredients it contained. Upon inspecting this information I actually realized that these specific tablets, Humphrey's 100% All Natural Teething Pellets #3, used "BELLA DONNA"! Now if you aren't familiar with this very dangerous and in some instances fatal "Alkaloid", in an abridged version, its POISONOUS! It was once used to dilate women's eyes because it was believed to make a woman more attractive. All though as with any form of medicating practices the harm or benefit lies within the dosing, and if it be true that as most of you have stated, you have had no ill effects in using these teething products, than by all means disregard my impetuous rebuttal, I however just wanted to inform you of the possible hazard involved in using these products. All I would ask is that as with anything that we are offering our children to ingest, and especially when in reference to ANY medicinal product, lets do our homework and weigh the pros and potential HAZARDS/cons.

j.z.urita@hotmail.com |

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We used them all the time! They seem to holp our little guy, he is happier after we give him 2. But I know every child is different..

MandyM25 |

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While homeopathy sounds nice and "natural", it is not regulated like a drug. Therefore, the natural ingredients in some teething tablets are untested. For example, our peditirician told us to avoid "bella donna"-- an OPIATE. Sure, that is natural, so is marajuana, but would you really want to give that to your baby, even in small amounts?

Wailea08 |

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Some tablets also have lactose which my daughter prceeded to barf up. So in addition to teething, she also had an upset stomach.

BevReese |

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I totally disagree with this- we use hyland's homeopathic teething tablets and they are like magic!

ShanLeAnn |

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We too used Hyland's and we have had no problems with them they help my little man and I don't give them to him all the time either. He did not like the frozen washcloth or the cold teether toys. They work for us.

aldahms |

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teething tablets are AMAZING!!!! nothing had worked for us until i walked into walmart and saw teething tablets and i said o what the heck theyre only 7 bucks we had tried everything and we tried the tablets they work just great they put him to sleep right away too

islasmelissa |

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Hylands teething tablets are more than wonderful.. my son used them and he started teething at 2 months and didn't cut a tooth until 7 months, my daughter started teething at 2 months and she got her two bottom teeth at the same time at around 6 months of age, currently she is 8 months old and her two top teeth are coming down, fast and HARD.. the teething tablets DONOT put them to sleep, I give her a few of them and she stops her crying and or fussing and she is all smiles again and back to her happy self,.. I recommend the Hylands Teething Tablets to anyone and everyone!

wrbmylife101507@gmail.com |

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I use Hyland teeting tablets and they are the only thing that have really helped with my 6 month old's teeting pain.

cisekj |

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We use Hylands teething tablets for our 8 month old baby girl and they have worked well. She still was a little fussy but other than that she was good. We also cleared it with our Pediatrician b/c of the belladonna in them and she said its was fine.

lj_gemneye |

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OMG YES!!! teething tablets are great, no medicine but stops them from hurting...I give my 18 week old about 2-3 a day (all at once) and she stops hurting and that is usually why she won't take a nap. they are wonderful

nje2008 |

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We use the Bioron Camilia drops on our son a couple of times a week, and he usually calms down within a few minutes. After looking up the three ingredients, it doesn't look like it contains any Belladonna.

DarbyJr |

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The first 5 days while the tooth was surfaceing I used tylenol & orajel and he kept waking up every 30 minutes so I put him in the bed with me. I then tried the Humphreys teething tablets and that night he slept all night right back in his crib. Needless to say I'm going to continue the use of them until all these teeth come out so we both can get sleep.

AmandaPaLooZa |

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yes they work!!! =] All you do is take one a rub it on babys gums an it dissolves.

Dathansmommy |

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I personally don't know if they "work" I do however think it distracts the child. We use HYLAND'S Homeopathic teething tabs...(walmart) Our pediatrician had no problem with us using them. I even said "I'm not sure they work because when I put one in my mouth I didn't taste anything"! He said there's chamomilla in the tab that the baby likes...I was expecting to taste something, like that God awful taste from ORAJEL "YOU'RE DONE"! LOL! We do use them but I don't pop these pills in his mouth constantly. We do whatever we can to make our son comfortable. Frozen washcloth's are great and probably the best besides a little acetaminophen (in rare occasion) They do say that teething is so painful that as adults we would not be able to handle that pain....

shelly6376 |

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There are many holistic teething tablets that work and are safe. A traditional western medicine doctor may not suggest them, but my doctor told me she gives them to her kids. You can get them at stores like whole foods.

jennifer945 |

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1) "All natural"= safe? There are so many "natural" things that will kill you stone dead (salmonella is "all natural"). It should not be assumed that something is safe or good for you if it is natural. 2) Most teething tablets are homeopathic, which means that it is nothing but a sugar pill with the rare chance of the prescribed medicinal molecule remaining (this is their claim, not mine). So, anecdotally, you may think your child feels better, but you probably just feel better because you think you are helping your kid out. 3) The wet wash cloth is "all natural", does not cost anything and it actually soothes kids gums without any potential harmful ingredients, and with a bonus that it is free.

eellerto |

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Hylands Teething Tablets were recalled yesterday (10/23/10). FYI: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm230762.htm

M29687 |

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Hylands teething tablets have been recalled so I wouldn't recommend them anymore.

keno24649 |

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I still loved the Hyland's teething tablets... my sister and I were both bummed when they got recalled because they worked so well for both of our little guys. I've heard great things about the amber teething necklaces.

nursemel0330 |

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Teething Tablets work wonders! My son got his first two teeth at 3 months. He was too young to understand what was happening to him. He is now working on 4 more of them at 7 months. I used them the first time and they were awesome and helped him get through them no problem. With these second teeth however, they have been recalled to work on the dosage in each tablet. Once they get them back on the shelf they will be safe for baby. I check everyday to see if they're back! They are a miracle in a pill!

marissaw5 |

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I use Little teethers teething tablets and they seem to work great for my daughter.

ZARLEE |

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I can't even find teething tablets anywhere... Where would I look?

happymama6 |

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I was pleasantly surprised with how well the Hyland's teething tablets worked, however, there HAS been a recall on them, and they should be OFF the shelves. If there is something else please let me know.

kspychal |

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IF you go to the Hylands website, they had a voluntary recall of they tablets recently.

alohabailey08 |

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Like most homeopathic remedies, teething tablets don't actually have anything them or they are in such small doses, it won't do anything (although, Hyland's must have not been truly homeopathic as apparently there was stuff in there, so much that they had to be recalled), so they may make you think they are working...which is the majority of the battle. Also, I really get mad reading all these remarks saying that they are all natural, so they must be good. I could rattle of dozens of natural things that will kill you (cholera, many types of mushrooms, belladonna, strychnine...etc.). All natural does NOT mean safe.

eellerto |

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We use Humphreys teething relief strips and we love them. Dr. recommended to use only at night before bed so she can sleep comfortably.

monicachavez |

Q&A: Are teething tablets helpful?

I still use them now that my almost 13 month old started sprouting his molars(his 11th tooth is coming through). When he was younger I tried orajel but he would scream at the top of his lungs I think cause of the numbness.... Me and the husband just got through the fussiness with some liquid pain reliever then I was in riteaid and seen humphreys pellets and they worked great. When he was younger I would dissolve them as directed but now I just pop one in at a time and let him chew away he thinks they are a treat. I give him 3 or 4 and he loves the cherry flavor. I only use them when he is really upset and snuggling isn't working. But he calms down almost right away .

MamaToBen2010 |

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I also use the Humphreys teething strips bc i know that my daughter is getting the "dose". the pellets are very very small & i see her chewing on it but i am not sure how long she truely keeps it in her mouth to get the correct effect. plus the strips come in a cherry flavor & she then is focuses on the flavor & is able to go to sleep. but i dont give them all of the time - just in "this is impossible, i cant figure out what else to do to help the pain" occassions.

mandyLDW |

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I would just like to say that just because something is "all natural" doesn't make it safe! Most of these products give parents a false sense of safety b/c they are herbal or homeopathic. Products that are considered natural remedies and aren't classified as a drug are not regulated by the FDA. This means that there is no guarantee that what they say is in the product actually is, or that it is In the correct concentrations. This is why homeopathic remedies can be very dangerous in children. Parents believe that homeopathic=natural=safe. They use dangerous ingredients at minute concentrations, but if the concentrations are off it can become toxic. For these reasons alone I do not recommend homeopathic remedies for babies (I'm a pharmacist).

ashleighmorrell |

Q&A: Are teething tablets helpful?

Mine son has done really well with teething rings and cold, damp wash cloths. I will give him orajel and/or tylenol if he is in terrible pain, but he has been doing really well. Btw, he is 7 mos with 2 bottom teeth coming in. I had many people suggest teething tablets to me and after reading about them I decided that for me and my son, they werent a good choice. There are many other alternatives out there to try, and every child is different so it may take some time to figure out what works best for you. Here is an article I found on belledonna.. http://healthyliving.ocregister.com/2010/10/25/fda-warns-about-belladonna-in-teething-tablets/24974/

GINACAMPBELL007 |

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ISSUE: FDA notified consumers that Hyland's Teething Tablets is being recalled because the tablets may pose a risk to children. The tablets are manufactured to contain a small amount of belladonna, a substance that can cause serious harm at larger doses. For such a product, it is important that the amount of belladonna be carefully controlled. FDA laboratory analysis has found that Hyland's Teething Tablets contain inconsistent amounts of belladonna. FDA has received reports of serious adverse events in children taking this product that are consistent with belladonna toxicity. The FDA has also received reports of children who consumed more tablets than recommended, because the containers do not have child resistant caps. BACKGROUND: Hyland's Teething Tablets is a homeopathic product, intended to provide temporary relief of teething symptoms in children. It is sold over-the-counter (OTC) in retail outlets. The FDA has not evaluated Hyland's Teething Tablets for safety or efficacy, and is not aware of any proven clinical benefit offered by the product.

newtothis2010 |

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RECOMMENDATION: FDA recommends that consumers not use this product and dispose of any in their possession. FDA advises consumers to consult their health care professional if their child experiences symptoms such as seizures, difficulty breathing, lethargy, excessive sleepiness, muscle weakness, skin flushing, constipation, difficulty urinating, or agitation after using Hyland’s Teething Tablets.

newtothis2010 |

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I feel using teething tablets do seem to help. I used them on my two children, ages now 33 & 24, now using them on my grandchildren. They calm the child both pain and the unrestfulness. Don't abuse them but used properly they really do seem to help with the natural ingredients.

DeenaBobby |

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Please be careful because if I remember correctly hyland teething tablets were recalled earlier this year.

gisellesadorra |

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When my baby was crying because of his teething I was desperate to find a solution. I've tried everything. I've went online and searched for every possible solution, I've read articles, I've ordered books, I've even went on http://www.cannabis-seeds.co.uk/ and I realized that would only be a solution for me and not my baby. So maybe tablets help sometime, other times sweet drops make the baby stop crying. In my case only time helped.

girones |

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I am hesitant of giving my daughter any mood altering substance. Although Dr.'s may recommend teething tablets today, it doesn't mean they understand the long-term effects. I recently started using an amber teething necklace and she has gone right back to her normal happy self. Google it!

naberaa |

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what are the best kind of teething tablets to give my son? something safe and wont pose health risks.

MrsMares |

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We love the Humphrey's teething pellets, my daughter loved the taste and calmed her down without causing her to be drowsy or lethargic like baby tylenol.

demetriazapp@yahoo.com |

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I use the Hyland's Baby teething tablets and I swear by them. They contain all-natural ingredients, especially Chamomilla, which helps upset stomachs. My son is 6 1/2 months old and I give him only 2 tablets throughout the day and at night I slip 3 under his tongue and it works wonders and helps him sleep through the night again. I have had no issue with them and have told my pediatrician I use them and she says it's ok. I have tried the Baby Orajel and it doesn't work at all and my son hates the flavor.

natvo1983 |

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Okay. To those saying not to use the tablets because of the Belladonna, think about this. Digitalis is used for heart problems... but if you use too much, it's deadly. With Belladonna, a small amount is therapeutic (sp?) but a large amount is deadly. With aspirin, tylenol, benadryl, (or any other over-the-counter meds that are not "all natural") then the same rules apply....... A PROPERLY DOSED AMOUNT IS GOOD. OVERDOSE = BAD! Follow the dosing rules. Please. Also. The recall? Voluntary. Meaning the COMPANY pulled it, fixed what they saw as the problem (anyone notice that they now have CHILDPROOF lids?), and put it back on shelves. Part of the problem (just like with a LOT of infant meds) is the fact that parents overdose, or don't put the meds out of reach, and their children "self medicate" and self overdose. Period. End of story. Teething tables DO work, they ARE helpful, they got us through several nights.

LillianDF10 |

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I cleared the Natural Tablets I give my son with the Pediatrician as well. My son will be throwing a fit because his teeth hurt, I give him 2 tablets and he IMMEDIATELY starts smiling, feeling better. Love those things!!!!!!

khudsonstl |

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I have never tried the teething tablets but have heard good things about them from experiences of friends and family. My hubby and I use infant Tylenol and baby Orajel for our 10 month old daughter. I got the okay from her pediatrician and pharmacist. They also gave me dosing instructions for her age. We don't use them everyday, but she usually only has major problems every once and a while.The rest of the time she uses a wet washcloth of a stuffed animal to chew on. She also likes to chew on her bink and my fingers lol.

immortalcalling7 |

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Teething tablets worked wonders for my daughter who suffered intermittent bouts of teething. We used the Hylands Teething Tablets after hours of research. If you go to their website, you will find a wealth of information that you can validate by researching on other websites. The amount of belladonna in the tablets is miniscule and would take massive quantities to have an adverse effect. There was a recall at one point, however the product currently on the shelves is safe.

nschultz1979 |

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As a F/U to the person who posted the FDA issue and recommendation on July 9th: this was a voluntary recall in 2010. Those recalled products have been removed from the shelves. New products made under stricter production standards and with improved packaging are now available. Do your research before you post this type of scare-tactic information.

nschultz1979 |

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The Hylands teething tablets have been a lifesaver for me also. My little boy started teething at 3 months old. They are the only thing that helped him. I also asked my doctor about them before I used them, she read all the instructions and said they were completely safe for us to use. As for the recalllast year, Hyland voluntarily took them off the shelves to study and make sure they were still safe to use. They have been on the market for I believe around 40 years so obviously the company is doing something right.

crazycowgirl0706 |

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Yes. They did work wonders for my Daughter. I noticed that when i did give them to her she did calm down. Ever since then i have been giving them to her. The teeth seem to bother her more at night so it does relax her to sleep as well.

jennisematos |

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I was always worried what kind of teething medicine I could give my child because I hear certain kinds can make their teeth harder to come in. But I have used hylands teething tablets on my baby everytine she would have trouble with her teeth and it seemed to comfort hr almost immediately. I have a sister. Law who has two kids and has used it for them also and their teeth are perfect.

bcsm92705 |

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My little one benefits from the use of homeopathic treatments. The results are almost immediate when I give him the teething tabs, so I completely disagree with the statement that they don't work.

harleychic420 |

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Um the 'expert' sounds like a moron! My son started teething before 3 months and had his first 2 teeth by 3 and a half months. So she's WRONG with her comment "babies teethe from 6 months to 2 years". AndPlusAlso how does that have anything to do with giving your child medications? I was super concerned about giving DS tylenol for teething pain, but after speaking with his dr we decided it was a good option for us. And we use the teething tablets as well - they seem to give him the most relief when used together. Not to mention - when YOU are in pain, do you take something for it? Or do you 'deal with the pain'? Personally I take something for it, I will do the same for my son.

Jasha |

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Yes they are. I give my baby Humphrey's. They are little tablets that you dissolve in water. And then you rub it on the baby's gums. You can get it at CVS or Walgreens. I also give her Camillia, It's organic. They are little plastic capsules with the liquid inside. They come in white,pink and blue boxes. They calm her down.

HLWD_REINA |

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Tablets work! Thank you to the 90% of moms on here who agree! If you give your babe one tablet every once in awhile it will NOT hurt. they wouldn't just sell stuff in baby stores that is harmful to your kids!

xxshelbyxx |

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Yes I believe teething tablets are wonderful. I've been dealing with my four month old fussy, crying and obviously in discomfort. I tried the washcloth, teething rings etc. but she was still waking up and not getting enough sleep adding to the crankiness. I got the Humphreys teething tablets and it was instant smiles and naps are back on schedule =)

andreafasciano1 |

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http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm230762.htm If you are considering using teething tablets, read this first. Posted on the FDA's website: What action is FDA taking? On October 23, 2010, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers6 to stop using and discard Hyland’s Teething Tablets. The manufacturer is recalling this product. Why is FDA taking this action? FDA is issuing this warning because the use of Hyland’s Teething Tablets may pose a risk to children. FDA analysis and testing identified some Hyland’s Teething Tablets that contained varying amounts of belladonna, a potentially toxic ingredient.

Cherbuer |

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A family member tried pressuring us into using teething tablets. However I consulted our pediatrician whom said not to use the - especially since they aren't FDA approved.

lmh5102 |

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What are Camilla drops an where. Do I get them ?

boopin5809 |

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I agree with the posts about belladonna. It is a sedative and our pediatrician advised against using the tablets that contain it. We have used Camila drops but what works best for us is a simple cold (refrigerated, not frozen) teether or washcloth. Tylenol when necessary.

stellacourt |

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At what point in our collective social consciousness did "natural" become synonymous with "safe"? Rattlesnake venom, digitalis, hemlock, and Deadly Nightshade are also natural. BTW, belladonna is an extract of Deadly Nightshade.

sesweasel7 |

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We don't use Hylands, but we use Teetha and you can only get it through Amazom.com. It provides temporary relief. We only use it after we've tried EVERYTHING, which is not often.

gcgabriel |

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I used teething tablets and they were awesome. I don't understand why you wouldn't give your child something that will help with their pain. I don't see to many adults not taking something for pain.. I find it cruel to make a baby suffer. Like others have said everything in moderation.

NancylovesGomer09 |

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There are teething strips - without the belladonna - they work wonderfully for my Granddaughter!

nanamyers |

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Never used them. But only when things are really painful for dd I use ibuprofen or orajel baby.

snickers1015 |

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We use the Orajel Naturals teething tablets because they do not have Belladonna in them.

preppyhippie |

Q&A: Are teething tablets helpful?

Sorry but I disagree with the "expert." We use Hyland's teething tablets and they instantly give relief to my daughter. I would rather give her those than give her Tylenol/Motrin all the time. Cold packets work somewhat, too. Also, my baby loves to chew on the end of the nose bulb (we don't use it to clean her nose, she hated it--turns out that it is better to help her get at back teeth). If the teething tablets don't work, then we use Tylenol or Motrin as a last resort.

coppisa26 |

Q&A: Are teething tablets helpful?

As for the recall of Hyland's because of Belladonna, this might clarify things: http://www.hylands.com/news/teethinginfo.php

coppisa26 |

Q&A: Are teething tablets helpful?

I read that the teething tablets can cause hallucinations! Be careful!!! Instead try Camilia Teething Relief. It's all natural AND safe.

CHARITYSTRONG |

Q&A: Are teething tablets helpful?

Make sure whatever you are using (especially orajel) DOES NOT have benzocaine as an ingredient. Benzocaine can cause choking/breathing problems http://www.fda.gov/forconsumers/consumerupdates/ucm306062.htm

ltmacs |

Q&A: Are teething tablets helpful?

I have never tried them but my little one love to gnaw on carrots. They are cold and have a little flavor. I have heard things against the teething tablets

remamo78 |

Q&A: Are teething tablets helpful?

"All natural " doesn't mean safe. Some of the ingredients of teething tablets are natural but harmful. They are not very well regulated so I wouldn't risk it.

aquariogirl |

Q&A: Are teething tablets helpful?

I was scared at first to try them, but after my babies constant nights of pain and fever, the teething drops really worked like a charm!

yania210 |

Q&A: Are teething tablets helpful?

My Doctor almost cried when i mentioned teething tablets. My mother in law was using them and all it did was turn my son into a zombie, wasn't oh pain is gone now i can sleep, or i can go play now that i feel better. He just sat there and stared off into space. This was using half a tablet when the box suggests 3. And my doctor discouraged it because you can not tell how much they are swallowing, even if you hold it as it dissolves it is impossible for them to not swallow some of it.

amsel333 |

Q&A: Are teething tablets helpful?

We tried the teething tablets and they did not work. We have been using Thieves essential oil from Young Living Essential Oils. We mix 1 drop of Thieves with 4 drops of extra virgin olive oil. It's completely natural and works great!

ralphie76@cox.net |

Q&A: Are teething tablets helpful?

It really depends on the baby, but for my son they work wonders on him. It also helps him when he has an upset tummy.

jamieeeannn |

Q&A: Are teething tablets helpful?

In my experience, they have helped tremendously with both my toddler, who recently just got her second molars and my infant, who is currently teething. I use the Baby Orajel Naturals Teething Tablets, which are belladonna free. No hazardous chemicals and no fussy babies.

cass99j |

Q&A: Are teething tablets helpful?

Our (almost) 7-month old son has sprouted 3-teeth within the 4-weeks. The top two "fangs" (the teeth between incisors and canines) grew in first, so he looks like a baby vampire --too cute!! The bottom (middle) teeth are coming in now. TEETHING TABLETS WORK FOR MY KID! BEST THING EVER. The tablets have been good to use during the day because they don't cause drowsiness. Our Pediatrician told us to use Children's Ibuprofen (a smaller dosage than provided on the box) as needed but I prefer to use that at night (since it also aids with sleep--as do most pain killers). WE ALL KNOW WHAT HAPPENS WHEN BABIES SLEEP ALL DAY...PARTY ALL NIGHT LONG!!

imason |

Q&A: Are teething tablets helpful?

My 11 month old son has been teething since the end of last year & his first 2 teeth just broke through a couple weeks ago. We use Hyland's teething tablets & they've worked wonders. My sister-in-law used them for her son as well. We don't intent to use for long term but helping him with getting the first few out I don't mind using them. We only use as needed though which isn't nearly as high as bottle directions anymore. They've been very helpful.

LilBit1591 |

Q&A: Are teething tablets helpful?

i found the teething tablets to help sometimes but not always. being all natural you can give with others medications if needed so we always used them as a first attempt. ALSO i have a friend that makes oils that help and we have a lavender oil (babys need it mixed with another type so we did coconut) and it is in a roll on bottle we roll on his feet and put him in socks or a one piece jammie outfit, this helps soothe pain and relax so help sleep. wont lie though we have used tylenol and VERY RARELY orajel but orajel only when we are awake AND HE IS WITH US!

kristabarber6 |

Q&A: Are teething tablets helpful?

While they seem to work for most babies, definitely not all. I will never use them again. I used them with my older daughter when she was teething, and she threw up the entire contents of her stomach every single time she took them. I didn't make the connection at first, thought it was a stomach bug or something she had eaten. But I gave them to her again after a break from teething, and she threw up the first time she took them again. Definitely got thrown in the trash. And just for the record, this was not from the batch that was recalled - I checked into that as well at the time. I was too afraid to use them with my second daughter. I don't know if it was an individual allergy or reaction, but they definitely don't have my vote - we stuck with tylenol and ibuprofin for the next round.

songrunner@hotmail.com |

Q&A: Are teething tablets helpful?

We only use homeopathic tablets. Camilia brand is great as is Hylands. Good rule of thumb for baby products (as well as anything adults use), if you can't pronounce it, better do some research on that ingredient. I have "googled" almost every ingredient on our old products (hair, skin, baby, food) and have gottne rid of 90% and switched to natural, grown from the earth, products. Educate yourselves, we have this AMAZING internet that has the answers. And remember, name brand products, that have been around for years, are NOT necessarily the best. We use almost NOTHING that was used on me as a child. Kind of sad. :(

Ashimoo36 |