Parents of infants ask about a mouthful of questions about the baby’s teething problems. Teething begins at around 3 months of age with some drooling and can continue up to 3 years. It varies from child to child. Some kids might not have any problem with teething but others might become crank monsters and they can be really difficult to handle.

 

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What to expect when your child is teething?

Teething can increase body temperature

Infants might have increased body temperatures when they are teething. Increased body temperature does not mean fever. Until the temperature is not above 100.3 F do not consider it actual fever.

Warm Heads

Infants can have warm heads which parents are really concerned about. It is absolutely normal to have warm heads during teething

Difficulty in sleeping

Some kids can show sleep regression due to teething

Reduced appetite

A decrease in appetite is a nightmare for parents but unfortunately, kids might start eating less when their primary teeth are about to erupt

Crankiness and crying

Crankiness and teething usually come hand in hand

What to do during teething?

  • Put a wet washcloth in the freezer (for not more than 30 minutes to avoid gum frostbite) and give it to the child to chew on. It has a soothing effect on the gums. You may put the simple rubber teething ring in the freezer too.
  • Frozen baby food is a great teething remedy. There are some pacifier in which you can add frozen fruits and vegetables. They help numb the gums and is a good way to introduce healthy food to your child
  • If your kid is in a lot of pain give them ibuprofen or over the counter acetaminophen to help them sleep better. It helps reduce the inflammation. But do not give them to your child regularly. These are only recommended on worst days
  • Give your child extra hugs and kisses and be patient with them

What not to do during teething?

  • Avoid using numbing gels. They may be beneficial for adults but are not recommended for kids because a drug overdose can be harmful. If these get in your baby’s bloodstream they can cause serious complications.
  • Do not apply rubbing alcohol on the gums to soothe the gums
  • Do not make your child wear a teether around his/her neck because it might strangulate them.
  • Avoid giving tiny soothing toys. Do not give them anything they can choke on.

Good luck parents with your teething babies.

 

 

 

 

FAQs

What is the best home remedy for teething babies?

Cold or frozen foods such as carrots, bananas, or apples can be safe items for your baby to gum or gnaw on. Foods should be monitored and given in a mesh or silicone teether to prevent larger pieces from getting into your baby’s mouth. A slightly frozen washcloth is a favorite of many parents.

How do you fight teething symptoms?

Pain medicines usually are not needed for the mild discomfort of teething. Fussiness often gets better with gum massage. If not, you can give an acetaminophen product (such as Tylenol). If the age is over 6 months, another choice is an ibuprofen product (such as Advil).

How long is teething painful for?

Don’t be alarmed, teething isn’t constant from five to 33 months. In fact, each tooth or pair of teeth should only cause your little one pain for just over a week. In other words, for five days ahead of an appearance – ‘eruption day’ – and three days afterwards (Macknin et al, 2000).

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