Teething is a normal part of baby development, but it can be challenging for both baby and parents. As new teeth begin to appear, babies may experience pain and discomfort.
Knowing how to help your baby through this process can ease the distress it causes. We share some teething tips and ideas for how to help comfort your baby with teething discomfort.
A baby’s first tooth usually starts to show around six months. However, the teething process depends on the baby and can start as early as three months.
You may be able to tell if your baby is teething by looking for the following signs and symptoms.
It’s normal for a teething infant to cry more than usual. Teething can be uncomfortable and cause an infant to experience pain, making them fussier than usual. They may also have difficulty sleeping or refuse to eat.
Drooling is a sign that your baby is teething. While all babies drool, excessive saliva can be a telltale indicator of teething pain. The excess saliva helps cool and soothe sore gums.
When babies are teething, they may start chewing on their fingers, toys, clothes, blankets, or anything they can get their hands on. You may even see them biting their cribs or playpens to soothe the ache in their gums.
Teething can cause a low-grade fever in some infants. If your baby has a fever, contact your pediatrician for further advice.
The worst thing about teething is the pain and discomfort it brings to your baby. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to help soothe your baby.
Teething rings are a great way to help comfort your baby, giving them something soft and safe to chew on. They come in many textures and sizes and can be filled with liquid or gel for relief.
Ensure the ring is cold, which can provide additional relief for teething gums. If you don’t have an appropriate teething ring, consider freezing a clean washcloth, plastic spoons, or plastic toy.
A gentle massage can do wonders for teething pain. Use your fingertips to massage the inflamed areas of your baby’s gums gently. This can help reduce inflammation and provide temporary relief.
Cold foods and drinks like yogurt, smoothies, or frozen fruit can be soothing for a teething baby. Just make sure that whatever you offer is age-appropriate and easy to eat.
Gels and ointments containing topical anesthetics are available to help relieve teething pain. Make sure to talk to your pediatrician about the best products for your baby’s age before using.
If other methods fail, you can opt for over-the-counter medications such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. Always check with your pediatrician first to ensure it’s the right choice for your baby and make sure you use the infant version.
With these tips in mind, you’ll help comfort your teething baby and make this process easier for both of you. The most important thing is to stay patient and understanding as you journey through the teething process.
Once your baby’s teeth start coming in, keeping them clean and free of plaque and cavities is essential. Start with a soft-bristled toothbrush designed for infants, and use water only to brush their teeth.
You should also make sure to schedule your baby’s first dental visit by age one or when the first tooth erupts, whichever comes first. A pediatric dentist can check that your baby’s teeth are growing correctly, offer advice on proper oral hygiene and diet, and answer any questions you may have about baby teeth and dental care.
Teething can be challenging for you and your baby, but you can make it a little easier by understanding the process and how to help soothe your baby.
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