Got a bub whose teeth are coming in? It’s hard seeing your little ones in pain, but there is relief out there. Find out how this potentially painful problem can become a cakewalk, and how to take care of those pearly whites once they emerge.
Are you not sure whether your baby is teething? There are some ways to help identify whether or not your baby’s teeth are coming in.
- Excessive drooling
- Chewing on objects
- Sore and sensitive gums
- Changes in eating and sleeping patterns
If you’ve identified any of these symptoms, chances are your baby is teething! Don’t stress though, there are simple ways to relieve your baby from pain.
For instant relief, gently massage your clean fingers over your baby’s gums. The pressure on the gums helps alleviate sensitivity and irritability. Alternatively, you can use a damp gauze pad to apply pressure on the gums. If the pain pursues, attempt our suggestions below.
To save yourself massaging your baby’s gum constantly, teething gloves are a great alternative. The teething glove fits on the baby’s hand and is covered in hard material for the baby to chew on when they need relief. The gloves are typically made of safe silicone material and can be fastened around the baby’s wrists to keep them in place.
Hard foods like chilled carrots and cucumbers can be a quick option for parents who need something immediately for their teething baby. However, we recommend keeping an eye on your baby with the food, because broken pieces can become a choking hazard.
The easiest way to provide relief for your teething baby is a cold cloth. To make it easy on yourself, we recommend putting a few damp washcloths in the fridge, letting your baby chew on them, and rotate them as you need them. Alternatively cold a teething ring or spoon is another option. However, don’t freeze objects or use a frozen teething ring.
Dry the drool
When your baby is teething, they produce a lot of saliva. From the teething rings, gnawing on hard foods, and massaging gums – the additional saliva can build to irritate the skin of your baby. Avoid irritation by using a water-based lotion on the lips and chin area. You want your baby to be in as little pain as possible, and this is something you can control.
Your baby has made it through the teething phase, congratulations! You made it! But it isn’t over yet. How do you take care of your baby’s new pearly whites? You don’t want bacteria to build up in your baby’s mouth, so get yourself an infant toothbrush. Use the brush and gently run it over the gums every day.
Once the tooth has appeared, use a small rice grain-sized amount of toothpaste and brush it into your baby’s teeth. Your baby won’t know how to spit out the toothpaste, so it’s important to not use more toothpaste than recommended.
Finally, it’s now time for your baby to start their dental checkups! You want your baby to keep their teeth healthy, so it’s best to start checkups as soon as their first set of teeth begin to appear.
Karalee Family Dental is a trusted local practice located near Karana Downs. If you have any questions regarding the best oral health plan for you, contact us today.