In ancient history people thought that teething would lead to death because of the painful symptoms. Dr. Hands discusses the ancient treatments for teething problems.
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Understanding Teething in Children No discussion of pediatric problems cannot include teething. Teething has been attributable to the cause of a multitude of symptoms. The physicians themselves contribute to all the myths about teething. Some of the reasons we believe the physicians, too is there are a lot of unanswered things that occur to babies such as crying , irritability, et cetera. The physicians are low to give an answer but people accept when they’re told that teething is causing their crying, they feel satisfied that they have an answer. The truth is the teething has nothing to do with this. There are so many myths about teething. In the ancient history, it’s almost unbelievable, what the folk lore talks about. In 3000 B.C., the Sumerians claim that there was a mystical worm that consumed teeth who is responsible for dental pain. Ancient cultures believe teething was a common cause of death. 1000 B.C., the Greeks -- they pray for the safe emergence of deciduous teeth. No less than Hippocrates in 400 B.C. said deciduous teeth were derived their nourishment from their mother’s milk, and this is why people referred their first teeth as milk teeth. He had attributed itchy gums, fever, convulsions, diarrhea, symptoms which will worsen influence. There were constipations or fat all due to teething. He had dietary therapy for the treatment of teething. In the 107 A.D., the Greeks have thought ear infections were caused by teething and had recommended olive oil to soften the gums to treat ear infections. They also blamed gonorrhea, an infantile paralysis which is polio, which was a fatal disease on teething. The most incredible, though, is in 1842. If you look at the English Registrar’s Office, teething was listed as a cause of death, and 4.8% of kids under one and 7.3% of all kids one to three, and the treatment was lancing the gums, a procedure which was done certainly and the 19th century fairly frequently. Folk remedies have recommended that animal dung and teeth will wore around the neck, round up animal teeth were even taken internally or rubbed on the gums. Other forms of therapy included egg yolk, butter, honey, goat’s milk, blood, we’re all treatment for teething. The gums were rubbed with pin balls. They placed a rattlesnake bones around the baby’s wrist to avoid teething problems. They drilled holes in silver dollars and put them around the babies’ neck. They had dogs like babies who were having teething problems. They massage the gums again with dry blood, and the mothers after church would told to breathe on their children. Also, after the 17th day after birth, children were carried around the house three times to prevent teething problems. Medical answer is teething is never been shown to cause any symptoms. It’s even controversial whether it causes much discomfort or any discomfort. We do equivocate and suggest that if the child seems irritable that the use of Tylenol kind of be tried in case there is some discomfort causing it but the reality is that teething treatments are highly questionable even the cold teething rings are not recommended by most scientific thinkers. And indeed, the treatment even in this century and within the last 10 to 20 years of putting a Benzocaine type solution or a gel on the teeth put on inaccessibly can lead to complications like methemoglobinaemia, which is reported in the literature, and the use of other agents of topical treatment are also not recommended. Teething basically is an entity blamed for a lot of things proven to cause absolutely nothing.