Tips For A Teething Baby
Teething is a term used when a baby’s teeth begin to grow in and break through the gums for the first time. This usually starts to occur between the ages of 6 and 24 months. The two bottom front teeth are usually the first to appear, followed by the two top front teeth. It can be quite painful and irritating for your baby.
A few classic signs or symptoms of teething include:
- Chewing on solid objects.
- Cranky or irritable.
- Tender or sore gums.
So what’s the best way to soothe these sore gums? Here are a few tips and tricks for you to use:
Keep it cool. A cold washcloth, spoon or chilled teething ring can be soothing on a baby’s gums. Don’t give your baby a frozen teething ring, however. Contact to extreme cold can be harmful.
Rub your baby’s gums. Use a clean finger or moist gauze pad to rub your baby’s gums. The pressure can ease your baby’s discomfort.
Try hard foods. If your baby is eating solid foods, you might offer something edible for gnawing on. Teething biscuits, peeled cucumbers or carrots can work. Just be careful to watch your baby as little pieces can break off and be a choking hazard.
Dry the drool. Baby’s tend to drool a lot when teething. If excessive drool dries on your baby’s mouth, it can cause skin irritation. Make sure to wipe any droll with a soft, clean towel. Keep skin moisturized with a water-based cream or lotion.
Try and over-the-counter medication. If your baby is especially cranky, ibuprofen (Advil, Children’s Motrin, etc) or acetaminophen (Children’s Tylenol) might help.
As your baby’s teeth come in, it is important to care for them the way you would your own teeth. Healthy teeth and gums are very important to your baby’s health. Make sure to wash your baby’s gums with a damp, clean washcloth every day. Once the teeth come in, you a soft-bristled brush and a bit of water to keep them clean.
If you have any questions about your baby’s teeth or any other dental related questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 815.398.6545 or visit us on the web at aboveandbeyonddentistry.com.