Teething is a painful and unavoidable phase for babies. Every baby goes through it. However, the intensity, timeline or pain is different for different kids. Babies are born with a full set of twenty teeth beneath their gums, known as milk teeth. Generally, the first teeth come out around the age of 6 months. However, it can vary from as early as 3 months or as late as 14 months.
Teething is painful as the tooth forces its way through a baby’s delicate gum. It is, however, a natural process. Many babies have like fever or loose motion, and others get cranky or drool a lot. The entire process of teething can go up to 33 months. There are ways to help ease through the process of teething and minimising your baby’s discomfort.
When babies are teething, they need to gnaw on something. They usually gnaw at anything they find! Keep sterilized teethers handy. A soft cloth or a small piece of vegetable like carrot, etc. can be given in a pinch. If it is refrigerated, all the better since the cold soothes their gums.
The gums get inflamed when babies are teething. Clean your hands and use your fingers to give their gums a gentle massage. Do not overdo it and cut your nails before you put your finger inside their mouth. You can also use a clean, wet cloth to clean the tooth.
3. Understanding The Symptoms:
Keep an eye for signs like `crankiness or an extra fussy baby. Keep a bib or cloth handy if they drool a lot. Keep basic medication handy for fever and diarrhea. Call the doctor if things get out of hand.
This is also a good way to comfort your baby from the teething pain. Play with them, or engage them in some activity or carry them around to keep their mind off the nagging pain. It is difficult to ignore the pain, especially for babies, but help them to cope with it naturally without any medicine.
5. Pain Killers:
This is the last resort for pain. It is strongly advised not to use pain killers like aspirin, a little brandy or any other alcohol. Consult the doctor for the type and dosage of pain relievers if required. Do not give your baby any medicine just because you have heard someone else has given it.
Always Consult the doctor, if you have any doubts about your baby. You do need to consult the doctor if your baby is not teething even after 15 months. There can be a serious complication, which needs to be inspected by the dentist. After the initial stages of teething, babies get used to the pain and they do not fuss any longer. But, you can do your part to ease them of the pain and definitely, start taking proper care of the teeth, as they start popping out.