Treat the Pain of Teething
Edited by Geraldin Carniyan, Robbi, Eng, Lynn
Teething is when the first set of a baby's teeth (milk teeth) start coming out. For some babies, this occurs for the first four months, but most get their first teeth between 6-12 months. While this is an important milestone, it can also be very hard for both the baby and the mother, as this is a painful process. Your perfectly happy baby may suddenly turn into a crybaby when new teeth start to say hello. This can be very traumatic to the mother, but even more so to the baby. To make teething a little bit less painful, you can try the remedies in this article to treat the pain of teething for your baby so you can see him smile again.
Symptoms of Teething
When your baby's teeth start coming out, they push through his gums for the first time, which can be painful. Here are some symptoms that you may want to look out for to figure out if your baby is teething.
- 1Swollen gums. This is a sign of their first teeth trying to come out. You will notice that your baby's gums are swelling and red.Advertisement
- 2Heavy drooling. Teething develops more saliva, which helps soothe swollen gums.Advertisement
- 3Irritability. Due to babies bearing the pain, they become upset and more sensitive. They may cry more and get cranky for the first two days of teething.
- 4Redness or flushing cheeks/face. Your baby may get flushing cheeks when teething because of the rise of temperature, but not a fever.
- 5Rubbing their ears. Babies start rubbing their ears on the side where teeth start to come out because their ears also hurt during this process.
- 6Gum biting/rubbing. Just like us, adults, babies also find little ways to ease the pain they are feeling. Biting or rubbing their gums helps them relieve the pain of their teething.
- 7Turning away from baby bottle and breastfeeding. Swollen gums are extremely sensitive, making the baby turn away from their bottle or breastfeeding. Sucking makes the blood rush to his swelling gums, making it more painful.
- 8Sleep problems. The flow of the blood in the head when you put your baby down makes the gums more painful. This is why teething babies are mostly up during the evening. Also, the pain of teething is more noticeable when babies are no longer busy with all their activities, unlike during the day.
Home Remedies for Teething Pain
It is always best to call your baby's pediatrician to get some advice on how to treat the pain of teething. On the other hand, there are many home remedies that you can do to treat your baby's pain of teething. Here are those methods.
- 1Activities. This could be the most natural way to make your baby forget about the pain. You can encourage him to play more so you can distract him from the pain.Advertisement
- 2Chilling the teething ring. The pressure of biting a teething ring soothes the baby's gums, but it works even better when it is cold. Cold helps numb the pain and lessen the swelling.
- 3Cold cloth. Dampen a clean cloth with cold water or wrap some crushed ice cubes with it and let your baby bite it.
- 4Cold carrot. Use big carrots to avoid choking. Freeze them for an hour or two and it can be a perfect substitute for teethers.
- 5Chilled food. If your baby already eats soft or solid food, chill their food first before feeding them. This will fill them up and soothe their gums at the same time.
These methods are generally safe for babies. However, consulting your baby's pediatrician to see what medication works he or she recommends is always the best option.
- 1Teething gels.
How long will teething pain last?
Teething symptoms last for two to three days for most babies and maybe longer for some. After this, you should already see the first tooth coming out of his gums. Extreme teething pains are probably worst on his first tooth. The next ones should come out easier. Always remember that excessive symptoms may already require a doctor to be diagnosed. If you don't see any tooth after three days, your baby may be going through something else. Teething pains may cause a rise in the baby's temperature but remember that he should never have fever. If your baby starts coughing or having diarrhea, this may not be teething. Call a doctor right away to make sure that the correct condition of the baby is addressed.
- Feed your baby with calcium rich foods because calcium is very helpful, as it is essential in forming teeth and avoiding tooth decay. Calcium cannot be manufactured by our body so it must always come with the food we eat. Some of these are cheese, milk and fortified orange juice.
- DO NOT give your babies aspirin since this medicine has serious side effects.
- DO NOT give your babies toys that are too hard to bite, for this has choking hazards.