Impact of socio-cultural practice of infant/young child gum lancing during teething.

Citation:
Olabu BO, Okoro DO, Thigiti JM, Oramisi VA. "Impact of socio-cultural practice of infant/young child gum lancing during teething." J Clin Pediatr Dent. 2013;37(4):355-9.

Abstract:

Fever and diarrhea are among the common morbidities that do occur during infancy and are sometimes wrongly associated with teething by the community. Some societies practice gum lancing, ordinarily referred to as gum cutting, as a remedy for the "teething diarrhoea". These myths have a potential of giving false security with the belief that these symptoms are part of the teething process, and so medical attention may not be sought when necessary. There are few studies focusing on the outcome of such practices despite their known potential dangers.

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