Teething. You know it’s coming sure it isn’t as bad as some say. When a baby begins to teeth, their gums can become tender and may keep them up at night. While the incessant tears and crankiness is something that no parent or child wants to deal with, there are ways to ease their sore gums.
Continue reading to learn how to make teething comfortable and fun experience for both you and your child.
What to Expect
Before getting into the methods of making teething a little less painful, it’s important that you know what to expect when your baby starts to teeth. On average, most babies start teething when they’re about six months old. The two teeth that typically appear are the two front teeth on the bottom, which is then followed by the two top front teeth.
Here are the signs and symptoms of teething:
- Constant chewing on things
- Sore Gums
- Tender Gums
- Low fever of 99 degrees
A lot of parents believe that teething causes the fever as well as diarrhea, however, researchers have proved that teething is not the cause. If your child has a rectal fever or diarrhea, contact your doctor immediately.
What’s the Best Way to Ease Sore Gums
Babies can fuss over anything, but with sore gums, they have every reason to be blue. painful gums are extremely uncomfortable, which may result in an unhappy baby.
If your teething baby looks uncomfortable, follow these tips to help ease their pain:
- Rub their gums – Using either your washed finger or a moist piece of gauze, you can alleviate your baby’s discomfort by rubbing their gums. Be careful not to add too much pressure.
- Give them hard food – Should your child be eating solid foods, you can give them something edible that they can nibble on. This can be a peeled and chilled apple or cucumber. However, be sure to keep an eye on your child as pieces may break off.
- Keep their gums cool – You can let your baby bite on a cool washcloth, teething ring or a soft spoon. Don’t give your child a frozen teething ring as it can be too hard and that would make the problem worse.
It’s also worth mentioning that you should never give your baby teething tablets or medications. They have been proven to be very harmful and in some cases, deadly.
Teething can seem like a dreadful experience for both you and your child. However, by using the knowledge you’ve learned here, you can make the experience a joyous one as you watch your little one gnaw to their heart’s content. For more information, call Metro Dental Health using our number at 703-934-4474 today!