Here are Some Tips to Help You & Baby!
We have all experienced tooth ache at least once or some may have experienced it more than once and we can all agree that the pain is excruciating. But as adults if we do have tooth ache we can visit the dentist or take a tablet to ease the pain. But for a baby its different, they will experience teething pains for the first time.
They also can’t communicate what they are feeling and they can’t really confirm if they are teething or not. So as a parent when your child is going through the pain of teething, it can be slightly frustrating as you might find your child crying a lot more than normal. If your baby is crying a lot more than usual then this can be the first sign to lookout for that your baby is unwell. As you can’t ask your baby what’s wrong you will have to look out for the signs of teething. First thing to be aware of is teething usually starts between 4 months – 7 months, but it is also perfectly normal for the first tooth to show up later than 7 months.
It can be quite hard to know when your child is teething but the main signs to look out for are:
- If you find your baby chewing, biting or sucking anything he/she can get their hands on, even if it her/his own hand and fingers. By chewing on something hard it is easing the discomfort. Also, excessive drooling can also be a sign your baby is teething.
- If your baby has swollen gums, red/hot cheeks this is another sign to look out for.
- You might find your baby is crying a lot more in the evening, this could be due to teething. Teething pain usually occurs more at night time.
- If your baby is feeling very irritated
- If he/she is refusing to eat >/li>
- If you can see a tooth visible below the gum
- Pulling his/her ears or rubbing the face
As a parent, it is easy to get worried when your baby is going through teething pains, but there are some things you can do which may ease the pain
- Try rubbing a clean finger over your baby’s gums to numb the pain, this should ease the pain temporarily.
- Try a teething ring. Teething rings will be great for your baby to bite on, if you are going to get your child a teething ring the solid silicone-based
teething rings are much better than the liquid filled teething rings. You can even try putting the teething ring in the fridge for a little while.
- If your baby is more than six months old, you could also let your baby chew on cool, soft foods such as banana and cucumber. But make sure not to
give your baby food which is hard or something that can get stuck.
- You could also try giving your baby chilled water to drink.
- We all want attention, cuddles and kisses when we are not feeling well, so snuggle up with your baby lots of cuddles.
- The main thing you can do is just be patient and wait for your baby’s first tooth to surface.