Teething Dummies

Dummies have long been used as a pacifier for babies. They help to soothe and comfort a fractious baby or help a baby to settle down and sleep.Most parents (and you have probably done this as well) are familiar with popping a dummy into their baby's mouth and do so without thinking. Some babies manage without a dummy but others find them comforting plus they also help to relieve pain as well. This is particularly useful during teething when your little one is in pain and tearful due to their teeth breaking through.

Arguments against teething dummies

Dummies are used by both babies and toddlers but not everyone is in favour of these small rubber objects. Some people consider them to be outdated, tacky things which are unhygienic and likely to cause health problems such as ear infections. But other parents have found them to be useful and continue to use them even though they are not universally popular. Plus there are others who were initially against them but changed their mind when faced with a very upset baby.

Arguments for dummies

Dummies are very useful during teething as your little one will have an uncontrollable urge to suck or chew anything within easy reach. So popping a dummy into his/her mouth will relieve this desire as well as soothing sore gums. Many babies experience pain during teething which is caused by the new teeth emerging through the gums. But sucking or chewing an object such as a rubber dummy helps to ease this pain. Most dummies are made of rubber although others are produced from silicone.

A typical dummy is comprised of a hard rubber teat surrounded by a plastic shield which is placed in the mouth and protects baby against choking. These dummies are easy to clean and are known as a means of soothing a cranky, teething baby.