One of the major milestones parents wait for is their baby's teething. While the timing varies greatly, most babies begin teething at six months. This is a joyous occasion, a sign that your baby is developing healthily. However, this does not mean that it is painless â teething can cause discomfort and pain for your baby. As such, you should always be prepared and on-hand to give your baby tooth pain relief. Here are some tips:
Be on the look out for symptoms of teething.
Since your baby is not yet likely to talk in sentences complete and coherent enough to let you know that his gums hurt, the recourse is to be on the look out for teething symptoms. Some symptoms to look out for include drooling, swollen gums, loss of appetite, and irritability. Since the two bottom front teeth and the two upper front teeth are the first to appear, you should not have any difficulty observing your baby's gum for changes. Aside from these symptoms, you should also watch out for an increased interest in chewing objects from your baby. While putting things in his mouth and chewing them are normal behaviors, there can be an increase in these occurrences during the teething period.
Rub your baby's gums.
While teething, your baby's gums are rather sensitive, itchy, and painful. Ease the pain and the itch by rubbing or gently massaging your baby's gums with a soft damp cloth. Even your finger will do. Rub your baby's gums in small circular motions. The gentle pressure can ease your baby's discomfort.
Dry the drool.
Your baby is bound to drool excessively while he's teething. While normal, the excessive drooling can cause the skin around your baby's mouth to be irritated. Dry the drool regularly and protect your baby's skin by tucking a cloth under his cheek and mouth when he is sleeping. It is also a good idea to have a clean towel handy to wipe your baby's saliva during the day.
Give your baby teething toys to chew on.
Chill child-grade and safe teething toys for your baby to chew on. The coolness of the toys can soothe your baby's gums and make teething pain more bearable. Alternatively, you can also provide him with chilled or cold food like frozen bagels or ice pops. Aside from being edible, chilled foods also provide the necessary coolness to alleviate teething pain. Another option you might consider is letting your child chew on a chilled, clean, and lint-free washcloth. The coolness of the washcloth can provide relief from teething pain while absorbing your baby's excess drool.
Provide your baby with homemade and medical tooth pain relief.
You may not know it, but your cupboard and pantry can have the safest remedies for teething pain. Massaging a bit of clove oil on your baby's gums can temporarily alleviate teething pain. Cloves and clove oils have numbing and warming properties that can effectively put teething pain in check. Another option is to let your baby chew or suck on natural licorice sticks. Instead of warming the gums like clove, licorice cools your baby's mouth and gums while slightly numbing it to soothe pain caused by teething. If your child experiences teething pain due to excessive soreness in the gums, you might want to consult a pediatrician. He or she can prescribed infant-grade pain relievers for your baby's teething pain. Pay attention to instructions and stick to the prescribed dosage when giving your baby infant pain relievers.