Teething usually starts in babies between the ages of 3 to 6 months. The restlessness and fussiness observed in most babies are caused by pain due to the forceful breaking out of new teeth through their gums. Some nights, you’ll find it difficult to get enough sleep. However, there are steps you can take to reduce the symptoms and ease your precious babies through their first harrowing experience.
Be Aware of Teething Signs and Symptoms
Some babies typically exhibit the following symptoms while teething:
- Excessive drooling
- Inflamed gums
- Incessant crying
- Trouble sleeping
- Biting on any object to relieve the pressure on their gum
- Unable to eat because their mouth hurts
- General restlessness
- A slight increase in temperature
However, a very high temperature is not normally associated with teething, and you should contact your pediatrician if your baby has a high-grade fever.
Keep Your Child Comfortable with These Tips
You should help your baby, and yourself, through this ordeal by some proven techniques:
- Massage their gums: Gently rub baby’s gums with a finger or clean towel.
- Use teething rings or toys. Give them a clean, cool hard object to chew on. The pressure relieves their pain, and the coolness is soothing.
- Relieve pain. Consult your baby’s doctor about the use of pain relief if the child is still inconsolable. Do avoid teething medications not prescribed by the doctor as they can be harmful.
Once Teeth Appear, Take Proper Care of Them
- Dentists recommend taking your child to a dentist once the first tooth erupts and no later than their first birthday.
- Using a small quantity of toothpaste, brush your child’s teeth twice a day once the first tooth appears.
- Your child’s teeth are at risk of Baby Bottle Decay which is caused by frequent exposure to sugary liquids. Cavities can occur when the sugars pool around the teeth for long periods of time. Therefore, babies should not be allowed to sleep with a bottle of juice or formula. Ensure to wipe baby’s gum or teeth with a clean, soft cloth after each feeding.
- Babies also need fluoride even before the first tooth appears. Fluoride builds up the teeth enamel, especially in the formative stages. Confirm with your local water authority if the tap water in your home contains fluoride. Dentists might recommend supplements if fluoride is not readily available in the child’s drinking water.
Teething in babies, even though discomforting, is a welcome stage in the child’s development. Proper care will ensure this passes with as little fuss as possible.