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Helping your baby with teething troubles

Dr. Kiran Kinger

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Dr. Kiran Kinger
CCST from UK – PediatricsHelping your baby with teething troubles

Symptoms of teething

Teething, or when your baby first set of primary teeth erupt, is associated with a number of symptoms. Your baby shows symptoms of general discomfort besides others when the first set of teeth cut through the gums.

Listed below are some common teething symptoms in babies.

  1. Drooling
  2. Irritability
  3. Face rashes
  4. Rise in temperature
  5. Tendency to bite or chew
  6. Lack of sleep
  7. Refusal to eat or drink

What happens in teething

In most babies, the first tooth erupts during the age of six to nine months. There are cases when infant teething begins as early as three months. Baby gums are irritable and painful during this period, and little ones often cannot sleep due to this condition. Mostly, babies cut their lower incisors to begin with, and subsequently, the upper teeth erupt.

Soothing the distress

Teething is not always linked to distress and discomfort, such as a cranky baby. A good number of babies go through the phase of teething without much trouble. However, when it spells difficult nap time or a crying baby, teething can be stressful for the baby and the mother.

Your pediatrician may prescribe a mildly anesthetic gel that can be applied to the troubled gums. Also popular are baby teethers or gum soothers.

Teething toys that are available in the market are commonly used to comfort babies to ease the pain. Filled with water or cooling gum, these are toys that the baby can chew on to comfort an aching gum.

Gentle massages on the gum can also soothe a crying baby. Diet for babies in the teething stage should be soft and easy to chew.

Caring for baby teeth

Care for your baby’s primary tooth gently, regularly wiping with cotton or cloth dipped in clean water. Use of toothpaste is not advised for infants who are just teething. Soft and gentle brushing on a routine basis, as well as massaging the gums, would suffice for early dental care. There is a plethora of toothpaste brands for babies available in the market. While Fluoride-free toothpastes can be bought at baby stores, seek your pediatrician’s advice before using a toothpaste for your little one.