There are facts and fiction for every medical condition known to man and teething is no exception. There is always someone who appears to know better than others and as a result of this, a lot of myths have sprung up to do with teething. This includes gems such as this:

“Rub alcohol into your baby’s gums to ease the soreness caused by teething”.

It is often the parents who require the alcohol not the baby but you should not give a newborn baby alcohol as their liver is not sufficiently developed to deal with it.

A very unusual tale is that of putting an egg in a baby’s bedroom to prevent teething pain. Not sure how that one works! Another tale is if a baby does drool then teething will be much painful for them compared to a baby who constantly drools.

Some people argue that teething does not cause a temperature and that any sign of this in a baby is due to an underlying complaint. But there are parents who state on forums that their little one has developed a raised temperature during teething which has been confirmed as such by their GP.

A classic old wives tale refers to the use of dummies. It is believed that giving a baby a dummy, for example a teething dummy will result in misaligned teeth. The constant sucking forces the teeth out of position which means that the baby requires a corrective brace when older.

At one time teething was thought to cause a variety of illnesses and could even be fatal!