When your baby’s teeth start to come in, it can be a very easy process with no problems at all or it might be a long, painful ordeal that will require a lot of patience on your part to keep your child comfortable. The good news is that even if teething is a bit drawn out, the most uncomfortable parts of the process will not last long. If your baby is exhibiting symptoms like swollen red gums, heavy drooling, inconsistent feeding, and biting then chances are it is teething time. Babies can also have diarrhea when they are teething due to swallowing excess saliva so be on the lookout for this as well.
Pain and Soothing
As a baby’s teeth develop they push up through the gums which causes irritation, pain, and swelling. During this time a baby’s mouth will be much more sensitive and your child might reject being fed due to the pain. There are several ways to numb this pain, even as simple as rubbing a clean finger over the gums to soothe them. If your baby is at least three to six months old you can consult with your doctor on using aspirin-free pain reliever. Teething rings are also quite helpful but make sure you keep them in the fridge since ones kept in the freezer can damage the mouth and cause more pain. Cold liquids can provide some relief as can solid foods like cold purees and plain yogurt.
Coping with Teething at Night
During the daytime when you and your baby are awake your child is most likely distracted by several things. This distraction hopefully takes some of your baby’s focus off the uncomfortable nature of teething. Nighttime is a different story as there are no distractions and you need your child to go to sleep despite being in pain. First off all determine if your baby’s unsettled behavior is in fact due to teething. After you have confirmed this do everything you can to soothe your child without disrupting the normal bedtime and sleep routine. If you do this your child might start to depend on your presence in order to go to sleep, meaning you won’t be getting any sleep yourself. Once your baby’s teething symptoms are gone fall back to all of your normal routines immediately.
The teeth that are generally the most painful to come in are the molars while the two front bottom teeth are usually the first ones to come in followed by the front two top teeth. A baby begins to teeth at around five months and at approximately six months the first teeth emerge. Different sets of teeth will emerge between every two and four months until your child has their full set of baby teeth at around two to three years old. Your child will need a lot of comforting during this time so be ready to provide a lot of patience and persistence at every stage of your child’s teething.
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