What to Do to Ease Teething Troubles
The first tooth is a huge milestone in your child’s life. However, it can be fraught with discomfort, crying and irritability.
Teething usually starts around 6 months of age, and most toddlers have all 20 baby teeth by the time they turn 3.
Some signs of teething include:
Here are some tips to ease teething troubles:
- Drooling is a common symptom that sometimes causes a rash on their chin, face or chest.
- Fussiness is common because of soreness and swelling in the gums before a tooth comes out.
- Chewing or gnawing on hands, toys or anything they can shove in their mouths – some babies even refuse to eat or drink.
- Fever with swollen gums or flushed cheeks is a good indication your child is teething.
Teething isn’t fun for babies or parents. Use the solution that works best for you and your baby. Before you know it, all 20 of their teeth will be in and everyone will be smiling.
- Use a cold spoon or your finger (remember to wash it first) to rub your baby’s gum softly for a few seconds.
- Provide teething rings, melba toast, teething crackers or any other safe chewable objects for your baby to gnaw on. Chewing helps ease the pressure on their gums.
- Try giving cold food like yogurt or fruit purees. The coolness helps numb their gums.