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.
- 1This is a sign of their first teeth trying to come out. You will notice that your baby's gums are swelling and red.Swollen gums.Advertisement
- 2Teething develops more saliva, which helps soothe swollen gums.Heavy drooling.Advertisement
- 3Due 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.Irritability.
- 4Your baby may get flushing cheeks when teething because of the rise of temperature, but not a fever.Redness or flushing cheeks/face.
- 5Babies start rubbing their ears on the side where teeth start to come out because their ears also hurt during this process.Rubbing their ears.
- 6Just 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.Gum biting/rubbing.
- 7Swollen 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.Turning away from baby bottle and breastfeeding.
- 8The 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.Sleep problems.
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.
- 1This 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.Activities.Advertisement
- 2The 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.Chilling the teething ring.
- 3Dampen a clean cloth with cold water or wrap some crushed ice cubes with it and let your baby bite it.Cold cloth.
- 4Use big carrots to avoid choking. Freeze them for an hour or two and it can be a perfect substitute for teethers.Cold carrot.
- 5If 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.Chilled food.
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.