Is your baby crying, gnawing on his hands and drooling excessively? He’s probably teething, which can certainly cause discomfort in babies. Here are some tips to help you and your baby during this stage.
“I have a 5-month old daughter. Lately, she puts her hand in her mouth as though something is bothering her and she drools a lot. Is she teething? And if so, what do you recommend to calm her discomfort.”
Teething time generally causes discomfort in babies, which in turn worries parents. However, it’s completely normal for your baby to exhibit signs of discomfort when the first teeth begin to show. Let’s look at the dentist’s recommendations.
WHEN DO BABIES START TEETHING?
Every child is different, so the pace of teething varies from one child to the next. The first tooth may remain hidden under the gums for weeks before it begins to surface or it may erupt from one day to the next.
The first tooth typically appears between 3 months and 1 year of life, although for the majority of babies, it comes in at 5 or 6 months. Thus, the range is very broad, since it depends on the personal characteristics of each child.
When a tooth is about to surface, the gum begins to swell and turn red. Moreover, you will notice a small white lump. The inflammation is uncomfortable for your child and can sometimes cause pain and irritability.
During this stage, it’s normal for children to eat less and salivate more due to the discomfort and itchiness caused by the stretching of the gingival mucosa. Your child may also feel the need to chew and bite so as to alleviate the discomfort.
THE IDEAL PRODUCTS AND REMEDIES
A series of products can help alleviate the discomfort caused by teething.
There are pacifiers specifically designed to calm the pain of teething. Since cold temperatures have anti-inflammatory properties, you can also find special teethers that can be chilled in the fridge before giving them to your child.
If the pain is too intense, you can ask your pediatrician to prescribe an oral analgesic cream or gel. These products provide a light anesthetic relief when applied to your baby’s gums.
THE EXPERTS ADVICE
According to the experts, teething blues are temporary, but if your child has a fever you need to call your pediatrician as it may signal and infection as opposed to a symptom of teething.
Parents should never leave their children sleep with the baby bottle in their mouth. It’s a harmful habit that can lead to cavities in baby teeth, which should be cared for in the same manner as permanent teeth.
There are no magic foods that will help your baby overcome the discomfort of teething; you just need to make sure to continue providing a balanced diet.
The golden rules to prevent cavities aren’t numerous, but they should be applied immediately.
It is not only imperative to teach your children proper oral hygiene, but you must also make sure to take them to the dentist regularly.
Once the first teeth come in, you must teach your child to brush them every day. The best way to go about this is to lead by example: if your little one sees that both her parents brush their teeth daily, she will inevitable begin to copy this behavior, mimicking the same movements you make and growing increasingly accustomed to handling the toothbrush. And while on this topic, the most adequate toothbrushes for children are the ones that have soft, rounded-tip bristles.
For a more thorough process, you can try cleaning your child’s teeth and gums using a gauze pad with a bit of children’s toothpaste.
The best way to care for your child’s teeth is by limiting the consumption of sugary foods and drinks. Refined sugar or cane sugar is the primary cause of dental cavities.
As long as your pediatrician recommends it, you can try applying a small dose of fluoride drops.
By the time your child turns 3 years, all of the baby teeth have usually come in, which mean the time has come for the first dentist appointment. In order to prepare your child for this visit, you can playfully examine his teeth and have him examine yours the day before the appointment.
Ricitos de Oro, as natural as your love for your baby!