Is Your Baby Teething? Here’s What You Should Do
Teething can be an overwhelming encounter for first-time parents. A child’s tooth starts to show up around 6 months and the two bottom front teeth are the first to appear, followed by the upper front teeth.
When your baby is teething, you will notice some signs such as sore or tender gums that are swollen, crankiness, drooling and the desire to chew on solid objects. While most parents suspect diarrhea and fever to be caused by teething, research indicates that this is not true. Teething only causes signs and symptoms in the gums and mouth, not anywhere else in the body.
Here are some helpful hacks to help you manage teething:
Massage your baby’s gums
To help alleviate teething pain, gently rub your child’s tender gums with a soft cloth or a clean finger whilst applying some slight pressure to the gums. This offers a temporary relief from the soreness and it’s one of the ways to reduce your child’s irritability and discomfort.
Don’t give frozen items
While it’s common for parents to give children frozen teething rings, spoons, and even washcloths, it’s best to just give an item that is simply cold. Frozen items could harm your child’s sensitive gums. If you happen to have a frozen teething ring, keep it in a warm place for a few minutes to unthaw.
Do not forget to visit your dentist
It is important to visit a pediatric dentist when the first tooth emerges or by the time your child turns one. If your baby is teething and you have questions, visit a dental office nearby to get your queries answered.
Try hard food
If your baby has started eating solid foods, you can give him/her something edible to chew on like a carrot or cucumber. Nonetheless, be careful and watch to see that no pieces break off as this can lead to choking.
These are some of the ways you can soothe a teething baby. Talk to the dentist about the over-the-counter pain relievers. Do not forget that teething is normal and it’s a phase that will eventually fade away.