It’s a phase that all parents dread, but it’s a milestone all kids must go through - teething. Some babies cut teeth quickly without any issue. However, most babies experience a lot of discomfort when their teeth start coming in. To help parents through this time, Dr. David Moore has tips on what to do when your baby starts teething.
Signs of Teething in Babies
Babies typically begin teething around four to six months old. When teeth begin to erupt, there are several key indicators, including: lots of drooling, a low-grade fever, chewing and biting on everything, and fussiness or irritability.
How to Help a Teething Baby
When your baby first starts cutting teeth and showing some discomfort, there are numerous ways to soothe the pain and get them through the eruption process.
There are hundreds of teething toys on the market, made of silicone, wood, and rubber. These toys allow teething babies to safely gnaw and soothe their gums. Often these toys can be refrigerated and the cooling sensation can help ease the pain of their gums.
Using a clean finger, you can rub your baby’s gums for a bit of pain relief.
Cold, wet washcloth
Dampen a clean washcloth and place in the refrigerator for several minutes. Let your teething baby chew on the cold washcloth to help soothe their inflamed gums.
Charlotte Pediatric Dentistry wants to remind you that before giving your child over-the-counter medication, like acetaminophen, you should consult your child’s pediatrician.