When those tiny teeth start poking through your baby's perfectly pink gums, discomfort and fussiness usually follows. And, sadly, it seems like that discomfort and fussiness doesn't end until your baby has a mouth full of pearly whites. Just like parenting in general, everyone seems to have an opinion on how to ease the pain of teething, which is why it's important you can differentiate myths about teething from the actual truth. There can be a lot of confusion about what's actually going on in your baby's mouth, and how to deal, so it' vital to follow expert advise before you tend to your baby's new teeth.
Dr. Emily Bruckner of Tribeca Pediatrics tells Care.com that teething may not be the only wheel in motion that's causing any mood changes your baby might be experiencing. The behavior changes, and symptoms that have been known to accompany new teeth, could actually be the result of a cold, an undiagnosed illness, and even over-sensitive parents. Dr. Bruckner goes on to add that, although the term is widely used to describe teething, babies don't actually "cut" teeth. It's a slow process of each tooth gradually rubbing through the gum's membrane.
The aforementioned are just a few of the common misconceptions about teething that seem to be passed down from generation to generation. Knowing the difference between fact and fiction will help you understand what your baby's going through, so you can take care of them to the best of your ability. So with that in mind, here are just a few teething myths you can ignore: