By the time children reach the teething stage, mothers are used to being covered in drool, milk and an entire array of organic fluids associated with infants. Still the use of their shoulders and various other body parts as teething rings may not only become uncomfortable, but may even put a cramp on some of the household chores. After all, an infant clamped to an arm might be endangered as the mother tries to cook dinner!
Rest easy. A viable solution is close at hand. This solution may not only relieve the anxieties of teething, but help to lead the family in a healthy dietary direction. The solution comes in the form of jerky.
Jerky is a seasoned, dried meat. While it’s easily found made from beef, it can actually be made out of a variety of meats such as deer and turkey. For the family with organic dietary habits, using homemade jerky for a teething solution may be the simplest answer as well as the most healthy.
Jerky is a safe teething alternative for infants eager to push those teeth through the gum line and alleviate some of the pain they are experiencing. Of course, traditional plastic teething rings and biter biscuits are viable teething alternatives as well, but lack the potential flavor and nutritional value found in jerky.
Some teething tings are meant to be frozen. This helps to numb the gum line and reduce the pain the infant experiences. The problem is that infants may get uncomfortable holding the teething ring. These types of teething rings also lack flavor and can be inconvenient to use when parents are out and about.
Biter biscuits are an affordable alternative to teething rings and jerky, but lack the flavor and may even present safety issues should part of the biscuit happen to break off. In fact, biter biscuits lack the texture that babies actually need for their teething issues. If the biscuits are wet long enough, they simply provide something for the baby to suck on without really helping the teething issue at all.
Jerky provides flavor, texture and is easy for the baby to hold onto. The pieces are generally long enough that an infant that has not yet developed fine motor skills should be able to easily manage holding onto it. Other teething alternatives quickly become small and may be hard for the baby to manipulate.
My child broke his teeth on beef jerky. He never seemed to tire of the flavor of it and the gnawing sensation really seemed to alleviate his teething pain. Of course, there are a variety of flavors of jerky to choose from these days so finding one that your child likes shouldn’t be too difficult.