Newborn babies and infants are the apple of their parents' eyes. The phase is so beautiful that people wish it never got over and babies never grew up. However, one challenging part starts when the tiny teeth grow and the teething step starts.
Babies are born with 20 teeth under the gum line, and the first one starts to appear when the baby is six months to 1 year of age. Babies begin to explore with their mouths at the mere age of 3 months. In this phase, they have excess saliva and start putting their hands in their mouth. The teething phase begins when the first tooth appears and can be a very challenging time for the parents. Also, there's no specific timeframe for how long teething goes, so the parents must be well prepared.
Here are some clear signs that’ll show your baby is teething –
- Excessive drooling
- Drool rash around the mouth
- Sore or tender gums
Usually, the first tooth that appears is one of the bottom incisors. It's a great idea to keep checking your child's gums for any bumps that show any newly surfacing teeth. The symptom phase can differ for each baby. But as a parent, it's tough to see your baby in constant pain. So even though watching them in pain can be difficult, going for pain medicines is not recommended. Only in extreme cases should parents contact the doctor. But before that, here are a few handy baby teething comfort tips every parent needs to know and try.
Massage their gums
Applying slight pressure to your infant's gums can help ease the pain. Firstly, clean your hands properly and gently massage their gums with your finger. This sure helps the baby relax and even fall asleep. You may repeat this when your baby gets up constantly in the middle of the night.
Give them a cold washcloth
Soak a clean washcloth in water and wring it out until damp. Keep it in the freezer for it to cool down. When it gets cold, give this to your baby to chew. The soft texture of the cloth and the cold feeling can help soothe their gums.
Make milk popsicles or freeze food items
Many babies might not eat during this time because of the discomfort caused by teething. In such cases, you may give them a popsicle made with breastmilk or formula. If they are old enough and you have introduced them to solid food, you may also give them frozen fruit like mashed bananas, strawberries, pears, etc. It is best to monitor them constantly to prevent choking. The freezing helps a lot in soothing their gums but be ready to clean the mess!
Wipe the excess drool
Drooling is one of the primary symptoms of teething in babies. Always wipe it dry and keep the baby's face and clothes clean. This helps in reducing further irritation and keeps the baby away from any rash.
There is no doubt that some extra love can reduce discomfort in all. Include some extra cuddle time by carrying your child around the house or rocking your baby to sleep. Calm and love will help them relax and fall asleep quickly.
Teething toy or pacifier
Pacifiers or toys can be used to soothe your baby's gums and keep them busy for some time. First, you need to make sure that the teether is extremely clean. Avoid any gel or liquid-filled toys to avoid the possibility of leaks. Another fantastic idea is to cool the toy by keeping it in the fridge so that it can relieve irritation and pain.
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Important note: Make sure that you never leave your babies unattended when they are chewing on something. It's best to avoid any choking hazards.