Baby Health

Teething

Somewhere between 3 and 12 months, your baby’s teeth will make their grand, grumpy entrance. Here’s how to read the symptoms of teething along with remedies to ease your baby’s discomfort.

SOME COMMAN TEETHING SYMPTOMS:

  • Drooling: It’s hard to believe so much fluid can come from the mouths of tiny babes, but teething stimulates drooling, and the waterworks are on for many babies starting from about 10 weeks to 3 or 4 months of age. In drooling it’s better to gently wipe her chin with soft handkerchiefthroughout the day.
  • Biting: Pressure from teeth poking through under the gums causes baby a lot of discomfort and that discomfort can be relieved by counter pressure. Teething babies will gum whatever they can find, from teething rings and rattles to your soon-to-be sore nipples (if you’re breastfeeding) and fingers.
  •  Teething rash: If your teething baby is pouring out prodigious amounts of drool, the constant drip may cause rashes around her mouth and chin (and even on her neck). Patting away the drool will help prevent the rash. You can also create a moisture barrier with Vaseline or unscented skin cream as needed.
  •  Crying:  Some babies breeze through teething with nary a whimper, while others suffer from a good deal of pain due to the inflammation of tender gum tissue — which they feel compelled to share with you in the form of whining or crying. First teeth usually hurt the most, if baby is crying a lot please take doctor’s advice.
  • Refusal to feed: Uncomfortable, cranky babies yearn to be soothed by something in their mouths — whether a bottle or the breast. But the suction of nursing may make a teething baby’s sore gums feel worse. If your baby is not eating for couple of days please call your pediatrician.
  •  Night waking:  The teething fairy doesn’t only work days. As your baby’s teeth begin to emerge, her discomfort may disrupt her nighttime slumber (even if she previously slept through the night). Before offering comfort, see if she can settle herself back to sleep; if she’s still restless, soothe her with patting or lullabies but avoid a return to nighttime feedings.
While you can’t take on your baby’s teething discomfort, you can help take it away with these mom-tested remedies
SOME COMMAN TEETHING REMEDIES:

  • Counterpressure: Your finger tooth brush, teething toys with edges or a soft, wet toothbrush (no toothpaste) rubbed firmly on baby’s gums can provide the same soothing counter pressure. Your baby may balk at first because it seems to hurt initially, but it soon brings relief.
  •  Chewing: Teething babies love to chew, and for good reason. Chewing is even more effective when the object is cold and numbs the gums. Keep a supply of teething toys or wet washclothsin the fridge, rather than the freezer , very cold comfort can hurt sensitive gums
  •  Cold Food/ drinks: A bottle of icy cold water can offer chilly relief to achy gums for babies over six months or icy food like such as yogurt, blended peaches, and applesauce, even messed fruits such as banana can also brings relief.

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