From the very first your baby was born you have many new experiences as a parent. One of them is when your baby is teething. Most of you don’t realize how much a baby tooth can ruin your day. You might not even think about your baby growing teeth until they are screaming and up all night. Even then, it’s hard to tell if your baby is teething because most teething pain happens before you see any teeth. Here I am sharing some tips and suggestions based on my personal experience with my baby.
When does a baby start teething?
Most babies start teething between 4-7 months, but some babies start a little earlier and others a little later. Symptoms will appear before the tooth breakthrough, in most cases. They include:
- Excessive salivating
- A wish to chew on something hard because the pressure helps to alleviate the pain
- Swollen tender gums
- Mild irritability, crying, or a low-grade fever
- Changes in eating or sleeping
- Facial rashes
Please note that Teething does not cause vomiting, diarrhea, inconsolable crying or a temperature above 100.4 degrees F. Anyone of them is not a sign or symptom of teething so please consult your doctor as I also had experienced the same thing, my child had vomiting and diarrhea during his teething period then I visited his pediatrician and the doctor told me that these do not sign of teething as my child had some infection.
How can I help my baby through teething?
# Massage your baby’s tooth
You should wash your hands very well and then you can massage your baby’s gums gently. This will help in reducing pain and keep them calm for some time.
# Cooled teething rings
Cooling temperature helps relieve pressure and pain in your baby’s gums. Teething rings made of firm rubber with a slight chill to them can help, but don’t freeze them. That can do more harm than good. I used to do it a lot as my child always wanted to chew something all the time so I put teething rings in the refrigerator for 15 to 20 minutes and give him to chew.
# Hard foods
You can also give them hard foods like big pieces of raw vegetables like carrot, cucumber, etc. But make sure you should be around them when you let them have hard foods in case a small piece breaks off. You don’t want them to choke.
Please avoid painkillers or teething medications as they can be harmful to your baby.
When to start brushing my baby’s teeth
It is very confusing questions that when you should start brushing your baby’s teeth as they are very small. So, as soon as you see teeth, start brushing with a soft child’s toothbrush. You can also use soft and clean cotton cloth, clean your baby’s teeth as well as the tongue.