Caring for a crying, irritable baby that has started teething can be extremely exhausting. Even worse, you know your baby is hurting and it’s just something they have to get through. However, all babies are different. So are their teething symptoms.
Some will give no signs when a new tooth is about to poke through and others will experience personalized symptoms. Symptoms can include being irritable, excessive drooling, and even a decrease in appetite. But keep in mind! Baby teeth usually start to pop up between 6 and 12 months and will keep coming through until they have all 20 by around the age of 3. In this small time frame, your baby’s teeth healthy is extremely important. But this doesn’t have to be a period of stress for you.
Luckily there are some tips and tricks to help you calm your baby’s aching gums.
Chewing on stuff is the number one way your baby will try to self-soothe. There are plenty of toys out there that are specifically designed for safe teething. It’s also important to note that many soft and safe toys can be used as teething toys and won’t cause damage to baby’s mouths and emerging teeth. For your peace of mind, it’s best to choose a teething toy that is easy to clean and keep disinfected, such as Sofie the Giraffe.
Cold items, like a wet washcloth chilled in the refrigerator, are awesome for babies to chew on because it provides a nice, numbing effect. If you’re okay with serving your baby solids then cold food and drinks are other good options to keep their gums chilled.
Yogurt and applesauce are other popular suggested foods, along with frozen fruits served in either a mesh or silicone feeder. This helps keep feeding time delicious and comforting.
Lot’s of Extra Love
As frustrating as it is to hear your baby cry, baby will appreciate all the hugs, kisses, attention, and cuddles you can give. Receiving comfort through physical affection is a great chance for your baby to bond with you during this painful time.
Keep in mind, you can also massage their gums if you feel comfortable with doing so. Ask your dentist about methods that you and your baby can enjoy safely to relieve pain. Only use medication when necessary after you’ve discussed it with your dentist and pediatrician.
Numbing Products Are a No Go
Topical numbing gels and ointments, which are usually sold over the counter, are widely used by parents. Sadly, they are not actually FDA approved because they contain benzocaine and can be dangerous for the baby to ingest. Teething necklaces and bracelets are also considered to be a hazard, as they can potentially cause injury or infection. Note these are different from teething rings, which are made of rubber, so make sure to do your research on which ones are safe to use before purchasing.
If you have any questions about what teething decisions to make for your baby, contact North View Dental and they will be more than happy to help you. Please don’t hesitate!