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Tips for Soothing a Baby during Teething

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Tips for Soothing a Baby during Teething

For most babies, teething happens sometime in the first year, often by 6 months. The first teeth to appear are the lower central incisors-these are two bottom front teeth, which are then followed by the upper central incisors.

Although teething is a normal part of a baby’s development, the pain can be stressful even for the most relaxed baby. There are a variety of ways to soothe pain caused by teething. You can use a variety of home remedies or seek options beyond the standard ibuprofen.

The classic signs and symptoms of teething may include:

  • Drooling
  • Chewing on objects
  • Irritability or crankiness
  • Sore or tender gums
  • Low-grade rectal fever of 99 F (37.2 C)
  • Decreased appetite
  • Pulling ears or rubbing chin or cheeks

Most parents have had the belief that teething causes diarrhea and higher fever; however researchers say, they aren’t indications of teething. If your baby has a temperature of 38 C (100.4 F) or diarrhea, seek medical advice.

Vita Dental Spring guides you on some tips that are safe and effective at reducing pain and inflammation during those tumultuous teething days.

Cold and Pressure

As one of the of the oldest tricks in the book, using cold and pressure can help ease your baby’s discomfort. You can use a cold washcloth or gauze, a cold spoon, or a slightly chilled teething ring to rub your baby’s gums.

In as much as cold substances help, anything frozen may be bad for your baby’s health. Coming into contact with extremely cold temperatures can be harmful to the gums. Use your refrigerator in place of your freezer when cooling off teething rings or silverware.

Dry the Drool

Excessive drooling is part of the teething process. Having fingers, teeth ring or other objects in the mouth produce excess saliva. To avoid skin irritation, ensure you keep a clean cloth handy to dry your baby’s chin when drooling. Applying water-based cream moisturizer or lotion can be of great help.

Over-The-Counter Remedy

If your baby is particularly irritable or cranky, ibuprofen, acetaminophen can do the magic. However, avoid homeopathic teething medications that contain benzocaine or lidocaine. These drugs can be harmful and fatal to your baby.

Lower Any Inflammation

Inflammation from teething stimulates nerves that cause pain. One of the ways of reducing inflammation is by focusing on paleo-type foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, ample healthy fats (coconut, avocado, and butter) and whole foods instead of highly processed snacks, in addition to breast milk or formula.

Avoid white foods such as refined sugar and flour, potatoes, and even dairy. Keep the baby’s blood sugar levels constant to reduce stress on the adrenal glands.

Boost the Immune System

Many parents have noticed a fever or a runny nose while the baby is cutting teeth. Boosting the baby’s immune system can help prevent the child from dealing with double illnesses. Vita Dental Spring advises mothers to continue breastfeeding because a child gets antibodies to help build the immune system from breast milk.

Teething Toys

When a baby is teething, chewing on something is what they need to get through the pain. There are many options for teething toys that are safe and non-toxic. Silicone teething rings are made of safe silicone, rather than plastic or latex, thus making it a safer choice .Frozen fruits and veggies put in a silicone teether for small babies can help numb the area and soothing for inflamed gums.

If silicone and rubber don’t work, wooden teethers can also be used. Remember, what works for one baby may not work for the next. Ensure that you get the right texture for your baby and that the wooden teether is oiled or (bees) waxed before use.

Herbal Remedies

Herbal remedies have been in use for hundreds of years to help ease their baby’s teething pain (amongst other ailments). Begin with optimal health to alleviate excess inflammation, then try simple natural remedies which may include:

  • Chamomile is a popular remedy for teething pain. It helps to relax and soothe irritability
  • Clove is a natural anesthetic and has proved to work as well as benzocaine at relieving pain
  • Rosehip is packed with vitamin C, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, which is great for boosting the immune system.
  • Catnip is known to calm irritable babies and help them rest.

The above herbs can be made into a tea and given to the baby as a beverage, or the wash clothes or gauzes can be dipped in the tea before freezing then rubbed on the gums.

It’s imperative that you should have your baby assessed by a doctor before administering any medication especially if teething is severe. You want to be sure the pain is caused by teething and not an undetected condition such as an ear infection. Visit Vita Dental Spring today, and let us help your child manage teething problems until the next tooth comes in!

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