Some home remedies are great, like chicken soup for a cold or gargling warm salt water for a sore throat, but The Doctors warn of the dangers of rubbing whiskey on a baby’s gums to help with teething.
A recent incident in Arkansas saw a mother arrested after she gave her 10-month-old bourbon in his bottle in hopes of alleviating his teething pain. The baby was found unresponsive and had to be airlifted to the hospital. When tested, the baby’s blood alcohol level was a shocking 0.19, which is more than twice the legal limit of most states.
ER physician Dr. Travis Stork demonstrates that to reach that blood alcohol level for an average 10-month-old baby it would only require 1.8 ounces of alcohol.
“Can you imagine that much bourbon, pouring in some milk and giving it your baby?” he asks. Adding, “This could kill your baby!”
“Sadly, we don’t know [the mother’s] intent,” he continues.
A flabbergasted OB/GYN Dr. Jennifer Ashton asks, “We make it harder in this country to get a driver’s license than we do to be responsible for another human being. So, why when you have a baby, shouldn’t you have to take some basic child care before you leave the hospital?”
In this incident, the mother was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and child endangerment and her child was taken away from her.
The Doctors share two seemingly more obvious tips for teething, including a cool wash cloth or a teething ring.
In addition to the tips above, The Mayo Clinic recommends these options to help soothe a teething baby:
- Rub your baby's gums: The pressure of a clean finger can ease the discomfort
- Keep the area cool: A cold washcloth, spoon or chilled teething ring, but never use a frozen teething ring as this can be harmful
- Hard foods: If your child is eating solid foods, a chilled and peeled cucumber or carrot might help
- An over-the-counter remedy: Acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) or ibuprofen (Advil, Children's Motrin, others) could help
The Mayo Clinic also recommends that you consult your physician if the problem seems excessively painful or uncomfortable for your baby.