Teething is a normal physiological process by which an infant’s milk teeth erupt through the gums in the oral cavity. It usually starts when a baby is between 6-8 months old. (1)
It’s associated with typical symptoms like more drooling, irritability, gum swelling, refusing foods and biting or chewing on hard objects. (2)
Teething biscuits are one such natural remedy to calm teething baby from related irritations. These biscuits are commercially available, and also you can make at home.
But there are some tips that you need to exercise while you are using teething biscuits.
As you keep on reading this article, you will come to know about various tips, advantages, and safety of teething biscuits.
What are teething biscuits?
Teething biscuits or rusks are different from regular cookies. They are specifically designed for teething babies. They are more nutritional, can dissolve quickly and are safe on gums.
They are commercially available, and also you can even make teething biscuit at home.
Why give teething biscuits?
Teething biscuits provide a firm surface that allows new teeth to ‘cut’ through the gums. Biting or sucking teething cookies causes localized vasoconstriction and reduces inflammation.
Also, it applies pressure on the gums which minimizes the associated pain. Teething biscuits are just one of the various alternatives for many parents who are looking for a natural method to help soothe their teething baby.
This method doesn’t involve the application of anesthetizing gel, such as oral gel, on your kid’s gums.
Teething biscuit tips
1) Specified for kids who can eat solid food
Teething biscuits can be used only for children who can eat solid foods as it can involve the risk of choking. (3) Signs that show whether a child is ready for solid foods or not are increased chewing of toys, fingers, and sides of cribs.
2) Avoid attaching it to a necklace
Do not tie a teething biscuit or any other object around your child’s neck. This can result in a choking hazard. (4)
3) Avoid hard teething cookies
Biscuits that are very hard shouldn’t be used as they can cause bruises on the gums.
4) Avoid biscuits in small parts
Teething biscuits in small parts can cause a choking hazard for babies. Babies tend to swallow small objects.
For safety, stick to the solid and one-piece teething biscuit. Also, supervise your child to make certain that no pieces break off or cause a choking hazard.
5) Avoid too much sugar in biscuits
While purchasing teething biscuits, look for the amount of sugar in its content. Sometimes excessive amounts of refined sugar are added to improve the flavor. It can be harmful due to various reasons –
- Excess sugar can cause addictions, thereby making your baby crave for biscuits even at the expense of a healthy meal.
- Prolonged exposure to sugary or starchy biscuits can increase the risk of dental decay and cavities. So, try offering them a sugar-free teething biscuit or unsweetened rusk. (5)
- You can also try making teething cookies at home. Keep an eye on the extra amount of sugar or starch in it. Even some ingredients that don’t seem sugary, such as oats or refined flour, do consist of more amount of starch, which can increase the risk of tooth decay and caries.
- They can satisfy the biting urge that a child feels during teething.
- They reduce the pain and soothe the baby.
- The shape is designed to allow your baby to bite at both the front and back of the mouth, developing chewing skills essential for moving to solid foods.
- They help your children learn to eat by themselves.
- They provide valuable nourishment to your child that may be hard to acquire while a child is teething.
- They provide the proper exercise to the development of your infant’s jawbones, muscles & teeth.
- It’s brittle and can break into chunks which can choke the baby.
- Supervision of your kid is needed all the time.
- Commercially available biscuits have a lot of sugar.
- It usually creates food mess around your kid.
Over to you
Whether your child is using teething biscuits or not, it’s essential to take care of your toddlers newly form teeth. Supervise the time when your baby spends with cookies.
Do not let your baby to bed with biscuits. Also, take care to make sure your child oral cavity is cleaned after they are done eating biscuits.
Teething biscuits might be suitable for some babies and might not work for some. However, there are other alternative teething remedies such as mesh feeders, teething rings, teething blanket, teething gels, frozen vegetables, and gum massage.