TEETHING

Introduction:

Teething is the process by which your baby’s first teeth start to come in. It can be a difficult time for both baby and parents, as teething can cause discomfort and even pain for your little one. There are a few things you can do to help ease your baby’s discomfort during this time, however, and it’s important to be prepared for what to expect during teething.

The first teeth to come in are usually the two bottom front teeth, known as the central incisors. These usually appear around 6 months old, but can come in as early as 3 months or as late as 12 months. The rest of the baby teeth will come in over the next few years, with the molars being the last to appear.

During the teething process, you may notice your baby drooling more than usual, as well as chewing on anything she can get her hands on. This is because the pressure of the new teeth coming in can cause soreness and inflammation in the gums. Your baby may also be irritable and have trouble sleeping.

There are a few things you can do to help soothe your baby’s discomfort during teething. You can try giving her something to chew on, like a cold, wet cloth or a teething ring. You can also rub her gums with your finger to help relieve the pressure. If your baby is in pain, you can give her a dose of infant acetaminophen (Tylenol) to help relieve the discomfort.

It’s important to remember that every baby is different and will experience teething differently. Some babies sail through it with no problems at all, while others may be in discomfort for several months. If you’re concerned about your baby’s teething, be sure to talk to her pediatrician.

Teething Signs and Symptoms:

The most common sign of teething is chewing on anything within reach! If you see your baby gnawing on her hands, a toy, or even your finger, it’s a pretty good indication that those pearly whites are on their way. Other signs and symptoms of teething include:

  • Sore or tender gums
  • Drooling
  • Coughing
  • Runny nose
  • Irritability or crankiness
  • Loss of appetite or refusal to eat
  • Difficulty sleeping

If your baby is experiencing any of these symptoms, she may be teething. As mentioned above, every baby experiences teething differently, so not all babies will show all of these signs. And, some babies may experience other symptoms not listed here. If you’re ever concerned about your baby’s health, be sure to contact her pediatrician.

How to help a Teething Baby:

There are a few things you can do to help soothe your baby’s discomfort during teething. You can try giving her something to chew on, like a cold, wet cloth or a teething ring. You can also rub her gums with your finger to help relieve the pressure. If your baby is in pain, you can give her a dose of infant acetaminophen (Tylenol) to help relieve the discomfort.

You can also try some of the following tips:

  • Give your baby a cold washcloth or teething ring to chew on.
  • Rub your baby’s gums with your finger.
  • Use a chilled teething ring or massager. You can put it in the fridge for a few minutes to get it cold, but be sure to test it on your wrist first to make sure it’s not too cold.
  • Give your baby a frozen fruit pop or ice chips wrapped in a cloth.
  • Wet a washcloth with warm water and place it on your baby’s gums.
  • Try teething biscuits or crackers.
  • Give your baby a pacifier.

If you’re ever concerned about your baby’s teething, be sure to talk to her pediatrician. He or she can give you more specific tips and advice on how to help your baby through this process.

Tips for caring for a Teething Baby:

In addition to the above tips, there are a few things you can do to make teething a little easier for both you and your baby. Here are a few suggestions:

  •  Keep a cool washcloth or teething ring handy. This way, you’ll always have something for your baby to chew on when she starts to feel discomfort.
  • Be prepared for anything. Teething can be unpredictable, so it’s always good to have a few things on hand to help soothe your baby’s discomfort.
  • Be patient. Teething can be a trying time for both you and your baby, but it will eventually come to an end. In the meantime, try to be patient and understanding.
  • Seek help if needed. If you’re ever concerned about your baby’s teething, don’t hesitate to contact her pediatrician. He or she can offer more tips and advice on how to help your baby through this process.

Teething can be a trying time for both you and your baby, but it will eventually come to an end. In the meantime, try to be patient and understanding. If you’re ever concerned about your baby’s teething, don’t hesitate to contact her pediatrician. He or she can offer more tips and advice on how to help your baby through this process.

Conclusion:

Teething is a normal process that all babies go through as they develop. While it can be uncomfortable for your little one, there are things you can do to help soothe the discomfort. If you ever have any concerns about your baby’s teething, be sure to talk to her pediatrician.