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Teething In Babies; Everything You Need To Know

Teething is something that all babies will go through at some point in their early life. There are many common signs and symptoms of teething, but as a new parent, it may be hard to recognize these at first. In this article we’ll go over some of the signs and symptoms of teething, and what can you do to help. Continue reading to learn more about the signs, symptoms, and remedies for teething.

What Is Teething

Teething usually starts when your baby is between 6 and 12 months old. However, the teething process can take some time and your baby will almost be 3 by the time their baby teeth come all the way in.  The most painful part of the process for babies is when their teeth are initially breaking through their gums. Teething is very painful and can cause babies to become more irritable and fussy. While there are limitations on what you can do to ease their pain, it is still important to know the signs and symptoms of teething and how you can make the process easier on your baby.

Symptoms of Teething

Drooling

One of the first and most common signs that your baby is teething is drooling. It may come as a shock to see exactly how much drool a baby can have, especially if it is your first child. All of this drool will likely cause your newborns shirts or onesies to get wet from it and you may want to change them or wipe them off occasionally throughout the day. Another thing you can do is have them wear a bib so you can save on the clothing throughout the day.

If you take care of the drooling on your baby’s chin and neck by having them wear a bib, or wiping them off when it gets out of hand, you don’t need to worry about them getting a rash too much. However, if you forget, or something doesn’t work right, your baby may get a rash on their chin or neck from drool. Don’t worry because a simple rash ointment or cream from the store can help soothe the baby.

Irritability

As previously mentioned, when teething your baby may feel more irritable and fussy. This is normal because their mouth is aching from their teeth trying to come through. Depending on the pain tolerance of your baby, they may feel irritable for a few hours, or even up to a few weeks. They may just get fussy, or be constantly crying in pain. Be sure to check out this article to learn about What to do When Your Baby Won’t Stop Crying.

Chewing

Another one of the signs of teething in babies is chewing or biting. This happens because there is a lot of pressure from teething so your baby is trying to relieve that pain. Biting down on things is the best way for them to do this so you may want to get them some teething toys so they aren’t biting on you.

Not Eating

Sometimes, the pain and pressure that your baby has been to the point where the suction of breastfeeding or bottle-feeding caused pain for them. This can make your infant become fussy whenever it is time to eat, and they may even refuse to eat for the time being. Try to encourage them to eat by providing foods for them and if this lasts more than a few days then you should contact a pediatrician.

Helping A Teething Baby

When it comes to helping a teething baby there are a few things that you can do. To start, you can consult with your doctor on what over the counter pain medication is safe to use for the baby. They may even recommend a numbing gel for babies.

As previously mentioned, you will probably want to invest in some teething toys for them to chew on. Some teething toys are made specifically to be able to freeze for better pain relief and numbing. If you cannot afford to get them teething toys, you can also get a washcloth or towel wet, freeze it, and let them chew on that.  One other solution is to fill a bottle with water and freeze it upside down so that the water freezes into the nipple and they can chew on that.

Massaging your child’s gums can also be incredibly helpful.  You can do this with freshly washed fingers, wetted gauze, or a cold spoon. It is also said that rubbing peeled ginger across a babies gums will help soothe the nerve endings and also has anti-inflammatory benefits.

If your baby is old enough and has started to eat real foods, try giving them more cold foods. One thing you can try making at home is fruit based popsicles.  One effective way to do this is to  crush up fruit and mix it with organic fruit juice.  The cold will help numb their gums as they chew.  There are also mesh feeders that you can fill with frozen fruit for the baby to chew on.

Lastly, and arguably most important is to give your little one lots of comfort as they are in a tough time. This is especially true if they are cranky as they are probably in more pain then you think. One of the best ways to do this is to cuddle up with them in a nice spot and rock them back and forth.

Conclusion

When it comes to the signs, symptoms, and remedies for teething, there is a lot to know. For starters, it is important to remember that all babies will go through this when they are around 6 months of age. Another thing to remember is that your baby does not know what is going on and is in need of your help. That is why it is important to comfort them and take care of them.

Sources

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/teething-tooth-care/Pages/Babys-First-Tooth-Facts-Parents-Should-Know.aspx
https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/t/teething
https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/infant-and-toddler-health/in-depth/teething/art-20046378
https://www.chla.org/blog/rn-remedies/your-infant-teething-know-the-signs-and-symptoms