Babies are born without teeth – while it
may seem like a minor issue, it can actually be quite painful for babies as
their teeth start popping out. This moment in their development is called
teething and it comes along with a few noticeable symptoms. You should very
easily be able to notice when your child begins teething.
Symptoms While Teething:
- Consistent drooling
- Desire to chew on objects
- Irritability or moodiness
- Constant small fevers
- Tender or sore gums
Teething may cause minor fevers up to
roughly 99 F (37.2 C). However, teething should not cause temperatures much
higher than that. If you notice very high fevers or severe diarrhea, this is
not caused by your child’s teething and you should visit a doctor immediately.
How to Ease the Pain for
Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do
to prevent your children from growing their teeth. The process is painful and
can last several months, but there are a few tips that you can try in order to
ease the pain for your baby. We encourage you to try as many of these tricks as
possible until you find one that helps reduce the pain for your child.
Pressure: Applying a bit of pressure onto the gums
can help reduce the pain for your little one. You can use your bare finger, but
make sure to wash your hands thoroughly beforehand. Or you can use a damp gauze
pad to apply pressure.
Rid of the Drool: During teething phases, it’s
normal to experience excessive drooling. However, the excess saliva can end up
irritating the gums even more. It’s a good idea to keep a dry cloth nearby at
all times and remove any excess saliva when possible.
Your Child Hard Foods: Your baby will want to gnaw
and chew on hard things while teething. Much like when you apply pressure to
the gums, this helps reduce some of the pain. By giving your baby a carrot or
cucumber, you will be able to soothe some of their pain. Just be careful and
watch them constantly to avoid small pieces breaking off and becoming a choking
the Counter Medicine: Some over-the-counter
medicines will be sufficient to help reduce the pain that your child is
experiencing. Children’s Tylenol and children’s Motrin are excellent for
reducing the pain. Just make sure you don’t end up giving them too much, as
that could result in a visit to the emergency room.
The symptoms of teething will usually start
at around the 6-month mark and can last several months. In fact, your child may
not have all of their teeth until they are 2 years old. This doesn’t mean they will
experience severe pain throughout the entire duration, but it will certainly be
uncomfortable for them.
Once the new teeth start popping up, it’s a
good idea to rub them daily with a clean washcloth. This will help alleviate
some pain and can also reduce the amount of bacteria buildup. You don’t need to
start brushing the teeth with toothpaste until the age of 3, but wiping the
teeth with a washcloth until then is an ideal practice.
While teething is never an easy phase, it
can certainly be easier by using the tips above.