Is it really just teething?

Hannah Twede

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I chose to examine the product called Tinabless Teething Keys that I found on Amazon. This product appears to be a standard set of teething toys, used to relieve gum soreness during the emergence of baby teeth. This product is marketed to a fairly large age span, as babies/toddlers develop teeth at different rates. In general, however, it is common for teething to begin anywhere from three months to twelve months of age. Many babies experience discomfort during this time and want to chew on anything they can get their hands on. For this reason, the use of teething toys is very prevalent for most mothers. This set of teething toys in particular are shaped somewhat like a toothbrush. Each individual toy is in the shape of a different fruit. They are a variety of colors, making them interesting to the child. They also have varying interesting textures and bumps on their surfaces for the baby to rub their gums along. The website also suggests that mothers can put the toys in the freezer for their babies, as the cooling may provide additional discomfort alleviation.

My research into these sorts of toys led me to discover something I had not thought of prior to this assignment. In my studies, I found an article entitled, A New Bit on Toddler Biting: The Influence of Food, Oral Motor Development, and Sensory Activities, the author discusses other possible origins of a child’s propensity for biting. It seems simple enough to chalk biting of objects and even of people to the discomfort of teething. The article talks about the idea that some children may, in fact, be biting out of frustration due to a lack of outlets in the context of their language and motor development. Around this teething age, the child is developing many skills that assist in their independence. However, the child is not completely free of depending on a caregiver, which may cause them to feel frustrated and act out. Biting is one of these acting out processes. The child may be biting as a way to receive stimulation of their frustrated senses, rather than just solely due to physical pain of teething. The article goes on to discuss ways in which parents or caregivers can help the child receive more stimulatory experiences, and put an end to unwanted biting behaviors. One suggestion was the idea that parents can give their children foods to each with interesting textures. The main suggestion that I found interesting, especially in the context of the product I was researching, was the idea that a child can chew on a toothbrush-like teething toy and it can reach their molars way in the back. This provides them with a satisfying sensory experience, making them less likely to bite things they aren’t supposed to, like other children.

Ultimately, I found this teething toy to be useful for what the website marketed it for. I also found that it can be used to help a child who feels robbed of necessary sensory experiences during the transition to higher independence to gain those experiences in a positive way. The Tinabless Teething Keys are long and tooth-brush like to reach the back teeth, as the article stated. They also have interesting textures, colors, and shapes that assist in the sensory experience the child seeks. These toys seemed to be backed up by the article in every way. I really enjoyed learning about this dimension of infant/toddler biting that never occurred to me before, and would certainly purchase this particular product to assist my children with not only teething, but frustrated biting.

 

References:

Ramming, Pamela, Kyger, Caroline. and Thompson, Stacy. (2006). A New Bit on Toddler Biting: The Influence of Food, Oral Motor Development, and Sensory Activities, Vol. 61, No. 2, pp. 17-18, 20-23.

Baby Teething Toys – Tinabless Teething Keys Set Soft Silicone BPA-Free Teethers. Retrieved from

https://www.amazon.com/Baby-Teething-Toys-Tinabless-Silicone/dp/B01MSRC4WJ/ref=sr_1_6?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1487285432&sr=1-6&keywords=toddler%2Bbiting&th=1

 

Link to Ad:

https://www.amazon.com/Baby-Teething-Toys-Tinabless-Silicone/dp/B01MSRC4WJ/ref=sr_1_6?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1487285432&sr=1-6&keywords=toddler%2Bbiting&th=1

 

Victoria Whimpey u0964446

I found this article very interesting. I liked how it was worded, it drew me in from the title and kept me interested throughout the read. It was very interesting, I never considered the fact that babies might have pent up frustrations from their lack of being able to communicate, that were necessary to let out. This article helps me because I have a little brother who can be aggressive with other kids, and I want to try this product and see if it works for him.

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