Tips and Trick for Baby’s With Teething Trouble
Teething tends to occur at around 6 months of age, but it can begin from 3 months onwards. When your child reaches the age of 3 years old, they should have all 20 of their primary teeth.
Their bottom front teeth will most likely come through first, with their top front teeth coming through a month or two later. Some babies are fine through teething, but unfortunately some can suffer badly from swelling and pain.
If you think your baby might be teething, then check for symptoms including red cheeks, dribbling, disturbed sleep and chewing. If your baby is suffering from teething and not sleeping well then try these tips to help them cope better:
When a baby is teething, they crave to feel pressure on their gums, this is why they often start chewing their toys more. The pressure helps to distract their brain from the pain they feel during teething.
Try rubbing your baby’s gums with a clean finger until you can hear a squeaking sound. It will help ease the pain and they will also find the sound interesting. You could also try a range of different teethers to help them apply the pressure themselves.
Numbing gels and creams are very popular with a lot of parents, as they are easy to put on, quickly relieve pain and can be bought over the counter in shops like Boots and Superdrug.
Make sure you rub the gel in well though, as the last thing you want is for it to be accidently swallowed, as this could cause your baby’s throat to become numb and affect their gag reflex.
Using cold objects for relief works in the same way as an ice pack does when you have twisted your ankle, it calms swelling and helps to numb the pain. If you have a clean flannel or washcloth put it in a plastic bag and then chill it in your freezer for around an hour – you baby will love chewing on it and it will relieve their teething symptoms.
You can also use pacifiers and teethers to the same effect by making them cold – make sure you don’t ever freeze a teether though, as it could become very hard and end up damaging your baby’s gums. If your baby is already eating solid food, then freeze a piece of fruit or a vegetable and let them chew on it for a bit.
If none of the above works, then over the counter painkillers can be used to relieve your baby’s pain and help them sleep better throughout the night. Calpol can relieve pain for around four hours, so give them a dose before they go to bed.
Other painkillers such as ibuprofen and paracetamol can also be used in small doses, but make sure to follow the instructions and check with your doctor if you are not sure how much you should be giving your baby.
Amber and hazelwood necklaces have been used for teething for thousands of years, as they are believed to reduce inflammation and acidity in the body. They can be worn by either the mother or the baby and work just by touching the baby’s skin.
These necklaces are not designed to be chewed on, but you can now get necklaces and bracelets made of BPA-free rubber that your baby can chew if they want to – be sure to never leave your baby alone with necklaces though as they could be a choking hazard if they have beads on.
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