Has your baby been drooling, chewing on solid objects, and acting very irritable? He’s probably started teething. According to the Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (APD), babies can start teething as early as three months old, although most begin at six months old.
As the teething process progresses, you will notice two bottom center teeth appear first followed by the two top center teeth. Believe it or not, by the age of three, your child will have a full set of 20 baby teeth. These teeth are important because they serve as placeholders for your child’s permanent teeth. In addition, they help your child chew food and speak clearly.
Listening to your child crying while getting his baby teeth is painful. You feel helpless. Should you put whiskey on his gums like your mother did to you? For the safety of your baby, don’t do this. Follow these tips to soothe your baby’s teething pains, instead.
Best Ways to Soothe Your Baby’s Teething Pains
- Use a soft moistened washcloth or your clean finger to gently rub your baby’s gums at least twice a day preferably after feedings and before bedtime. This will remove any bacteria that might cling to his gums.
- Give your child something cold to chew on such as a chilled teething ring, cold washcloth, or spoon. Don’t ever give him something frozen to chew on because extreme cold can hurt rather than soothe your baby’s gums. A cold, peeled carrot, celery stalk, plum, or mini bagel will also provide relief from the teething pain.
- Wipe any drool from your baby’s face so a rash doesn’t develop. You may want to apply a water-based cream or lotion, also.
- Some children go through worse teething episodes than others. If your baby is very irritable, talk to your pediatrician to see what over- the-counter pain killer you can administer to him. Never rub a topical pain reliever on your child’s gums because his saliva will wash it away and it may be harmful to him.
- If your baby is using a pacifier, don’t take it away during his teething period. You may be sorry if you do!
Don’t you wish there were a tooth fairy to come and ease your little-one’s teething pains? Unfortunately, she only comes around when the baby teeth fall out. In the meantime, just follow our tips to soothe your baby’s teething pains and, hopefully, you will both get a good night’s sleep.
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