Baby Teething Remedies
Baby teething is sometimes a painful process for babies. Learn about baby teething remedies so that you would know what to expect and how to help your little one through the baby teething stages.
The teething process starts when the first set of teeth begin to emerge through your baby’s gums. It usually begins when your baby is about 6 month’s old. Some babies may start as early as 3-4 month’s old and some later about 12 months of age.
In general, you will find the lower front teeth show up first and upper front teeth will show 1-2 months later. Let us see what are the teething symptoms.
Look for the signs of baby teething. Some babies may not show any sign at all but some do show teething symptoms.
Drooling and chew on things
Most of the babies will grab objects and put them in their mouths. If babies drool more and want to chew on things, bite on their fingers or toys, it could be due to teething. Chewing on things will help to relieve the pressure in their gums.
Fussy and irritable
For some babies, you will find them more irritable and fussy during their teething period. This may be due to soreness and swelling in the gums before a tooth comes through.
More Crying than usual
Your baby may experience pain on the gum and there is no way he can express it. Therefore, crying is the only way to communicate.
Slightly higher body temperature
Some babies may be a little higher body temperature due to swollen gums. However, teething seldom causes high fever. If babies are having a high fever during their teething period, it can be due to something else causing high fever. Seek medical advice immediately.
Disruption of routine
Some babies refuse to eat or drink. You will find their eating pattern has changed a little bit. Sometimes, teething may also disrupt their sleep routine too.
Baby Teething Remedies
Here are what you can do to help your little one through the teething process a little easier.
- Gently rub your baby’s gum with a clean finger or cold teether. Find teether that has no liquid inside because it may break and leak. If you use teether, store it in the fridge (not freezer). Cold teether can help to relieve the pain on the gums.
- If your baby likes to chew on object, find a safe object or a baby teether. Make sure it is big enough so that there will be no choking hazard.
- Teething biscuit or frozen food. This is for babies who have started solid foods.
- Do not use any over-the-counter medicine to rub and soothe baby teething pain without consulting your doctor first.
- If he drools a lot, help your baby wearing a bib and change it more often. Wipe your baby’s face with a clean cloth to remove the drool to avoid skin rashes on his chin and cheek.
Usually, baby teething will not cause any major discomfort. The use of the drug to treat sore gums in infants is not necessary unless it is prescribed by your baby’s doctor.
Some people are selling homeopathic teething products to help soothe baby teething pain. It has not been evaluated and approved by FDA for safety and effectiveness. Therefore, do not put your baby at risk for any unproven health benefits of the products.
Just make sure what babies used as a teether, must be clean all the time. Do not sterilize it with hot boiling water as some plastic-made teether will get damaged easily. Sometimes, a cold wet washcloth that is placed in the fridge is a good handy teething aid. Safe and efficient.
Baby dental hygiene
For long-term baby’s dental health, the care and cleaning of your baby’s teeth must begin early. Once your baby has started solid food, the chances of getting tooth decay are higher if you do not care about your baby’s dental hygiene.
Why baby dental hygiene is important and must start early? Some parents may think that the milk teeth are going to fall out anyway after 6 years old and new sets of teeth will grow back. If tooth decay happens too early, your baby’s teeth will fall out earlier and faster too. Leaving the gaps before the permanent teeth’s growth will cause the permanent teeth to grow crooked and out of place later.
Experts said it is best to start cleaning your baby’s gum before the first tooth emerges. Wipe your baby’s gum with a clean cloth and water, gently rubbing them during bath time. No toothpaste is needed for this time. You will only start to use toothpaste if your child knows how to spit it out.
Once your baby’s teeth are in, brush them at least twice a day with a pea’s size baby’s toothpaste. Keep it as minimal as possible to avoid them from swallowing. Having a dental check by a dentist regularly after he is 2-3 years old, is good to let him familiar with the environment and understand about dental care.
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