My Baby is Teething
Although, paying attention to your child’s dental care should should begin right after birth, the appearance of you baby’s first tooth is one of the big milestones in your child’s oral health. Teething usually begins when your baby is 4-7 months old. The 2 lower front teeth are usually the first to appear, and then 4-8 weeks later, 2 upper front teeth will start to grow. Sometimes, this process can disturb your baby’s sleep or cause fussiness during the day.
As a parent, you should know the common signs of teething and be prepared for this normal oral developmental change in your child. Some symptoms of teething include:
1. Drooling – This is common for babies, but this can increase if your baby has a growing tooth. This drooling can wet the chin area of the baby by saliva causing a chin rash. So make sure to wipe the area frequently to avoid this.
2. Chewing – Biting or gnawing on anything they can find or get their hands on means that they are trying to reduce the pressure on their gums. Either a toy or their finger, they will find something to relieve the pain.
3. Rubbing or Pulling their Cheeks and Ears – When babies are rubbing their cheek or pulling their nose, it is a sign that they feel pain. The pain might be referred to these parts of their face. It is a sign that they are getting their molars, which is why they constantly rub their nose or cheeks.
4. Irritability – The gradual rise of the tooth from the gums brings discomfort and pain to your baby. He or she might experience it for one or two weeks.
5. Can’t Sleep Well – The pain from the rising teeth can wake up your baby in the middle of night. Make sure to attend to your child immediately to reduce his or her pain and crying.
6. Small Fever – This might develop when your baby feels pain in the gums. So you must be aware of this symptom and always check his or her temperature. If necessary, you should call a pediatrician.
7. Simple Flu and Cold – The symptoms are sometimes accompanied with sneezing, coughing, and runny nose, which could be the result of always placing their hands on their mouth because of the pain. So make sure to monitor them if these symptoms are noticed. If necessary, seek the help of a pediatrician.
Keep in mind that teething is not a disease that you can cure. It is a common sign that your healthy baby is growing, so we can only reduce the pain to keep the baby from getting irritated by it and to keep the baby sleeping soundly.
First, give them something cold to chew on. Cold vegetables or fruits can reduce the pressure in the gums. You can also give your baby a cold, clean cloth.
Second, clove oil can numb the pain. Using your finger or cotton, you can apply the oil on his gums. Make sure to apply small amount.
Third, give your baby bread. For centuries, bread has been used to reduce the pain in teeth. Whole bread such as bagels would be ideal for treating your baby’s pain.
Fourth, medications are an ideal treatment but make sure to consult your trusted pediatrician first before your baby takes any medicine.
Finally, distracting your baby is one method many parents found it to be effective in order to keep his mind off the pain.
Teething is normal for babies. It is a sign of healthy growth and development. With proper knowledge, you can decrease the suffering of your child during the process and set them up for a lifetime of great dental health.