The whole tooth and nothing but the tooth
January 9, 2012
January 9, 2012
Covered in drool? Your little one might be teething. Most babies start teething around six months of age, but early bloomers may start as early as three months. Some won’t start teething until they are a year old.
The two bottom front teeth usually come in first, followed by the two top front teeth.
Massage with a moistened gauze pad, damp washcloth or your clean finger.
Choose a firm rubber teething ring, as opposed to one filled with gel or water because the baby could break through it.
A washcloth, or cold foods like applesauce can ease your baby’s discomfort.
Excess saliva can irritate a baby’s skin and cause a rash. Prevent this by wiping it away with a clean cloth.
Biscuits are a healthy choice if they dissolve in the mouth.
These cloths soothe your baby’s pain when folded in a triangle and dipped in either chamomile tea or water, and cooled in the fridge.
Tylenol and Advil can help your little one, but talk to your doctor before giving your baby any medication. Aspirin should not be given to your baby and be wary of teething gels. These gels, which work by numbing the gums, can be washed away by saliva without providing much relief, and too much gel can numb the baby’s throat and affect the gag reflex.
Tender loving care in the form of extra hugs and cuddling could be just what your baby needs to be comforted through this painful experience.
Fever, diarrhea and flu-like symptoms are not signs of teething and if your baby is experiencing these it may be best to pay a visit to the doctor’s office.