Dealing with Teething Pain: Tips for Parents
Parenting has its challenges — especially when your child is hurting. So, when teething kicks in, knowing what to do to provide relief for your little one is key.
Make this time of transition a bit easier for both you and your baby with these tips for dealing with teething pain.
Know the Signs of Teething
When you know the signs of teething, you are better able to make decisions about the proper care for your child. In other words, you can spring into action rather than wondering what is going on – or what your next step should be.
A few of the most common teething signs include:
- Low-grade fever (usually 100℉ or lower)
- Gums that are sore or tender
A close look at your child’s gums can indicate whether or not they are teething. While it will not always be visible, as the teething progresses you should be able to see a bump or a new tooth trying to peek through.
Bring on the Cold
Things that are nice and cold can provide your baby with soothing relief. There are plenty of teething toys on the market — just stay away from those that have gel or liquid in them. They have the potential to leak and can be hazardous.
Of course, you do not have to go out of your way to buy new teething toys. There are other options that you have at home already. For instance, you can place a clean pacifier in the refrigerator to provide cooling relief, too. Or, wet a soft washcloth, squeeze it out, and then place it in the freezer or refrigerator. This will provide your baby with something chilled to chew on.
Never leave your little one unattended when chewing on any of these things as they can become a choking hazard.
Eating When Teething
Some babies don’t want to eat when they are teething. After all, their mouth is causing them pain. Get nutrition into them by making popsicles out of breast milk or formula.
Because they are cold, kids will be more likely to suck on these popsicles than they are to eat. This can help you relax, knowing that some nutrition is getting in them. Just be warned — they can be a bit messy so put that bib on.
Massaging the Gums
Feeling massage pressure on the gums can feel so good when teething. With a freshly cleaned finger, gently massage the gums in a circular motion all along the gum line. The relief this brings will often be visible. Most babies will even be relaxed enough to fall asleep. Make this a go-to option for comforting your baby.
Children’s pain relievers per the directions are an option but if the child tolerates the other options listed previously that is always the best route. Please, Please avoid any numbing medicines as this can be dangerous to your child’s health. Also, please consult your Doctors at Pediatric Dental Care of Memphis or their pediatrician prior to giving a children’s pain reliever.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the normal age for teething?
Most babies will begin teething somewhere between 6 and 12 months of age, on average. Though this may start earlier or later.
Does teething pain stop when the tooth cuts through the gums?
Yes! The teething pain will come to a halt once the tooth makes its way through the gums.
Get More Tips About Your Little One’s Oral Health
As a parent, the more you understand how best to care for your child’s teeth, the stronger the foundation they will have for lifelong oral health. Your child should see the dentist by the time they are 12 months of age. This ensures proper growth and development while also providing you with a team of support.
Contact Pediatric Dental Care of Memphis today to schedule an appointment at one of our two convenient locations.
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