The teething process can be a rough time for both babies and their parents. Although it is a normal and healthy process, nobody wants to see their child in discomfort, so we have some tips for you on alleviating the dreaded teething pain.
Babies begin teething as their first teeth come in at around 6 months of age and by the age of 3 they will have their full set of baby teeth. As the teeth begin to push their way in, they can cause pain, swelling and redness of the gums over top. This continues for several days as the specific tooth pushes in and is relieved when the tooth breaks through the gums into the mouth.
When teething you may find your child refusing to drink or eat as much due to the discomfort. Other may become fussier, irritable, and have difficulty sleeping. Saliva production also increases when teething which means more drooling. It is important to try to keep the babies face as clean as possible during this time, as the pooling drool can cause irritation and rashes on the skin of the face.
There are a few ways to relieve the teething pain. Rubbing the affected gum area with your clean finger will help soothe the area. Children can also chew on safety-approved teething rings and toys to alleviate the pressure. In addition, over the counter pain medication can be taken if needed, such as Advil or Tylenol.
The teething times can bring along challenges. Just when you have gotten into some sort of routine by 6 months with your adorable new baby, teething throws everything for a loop. The good news is it is only temporary and these tips will help. Soon your child will be passed the teething stage and smiling wide with a beautiful full set of baby chompers.