Teething, or the “cutting” of teeth, can be a painful experience for many babies, but there are several teething remedies that can help with symptoms. The first tooth normally comes in about the 6th or 7th month, but it’s possible for a baby to cut a first tooth as early as two months, or as late as 12 months of age. A new tooth can come through in a matter of hours or sometimes, days.
Symptoms of Teething
The symptoms of teething vary, but some of the most common include:
- Red gums
- Decrease in appetite
- Difficulty sleeping
- A slightly swollen red rash on the cheeks, chin and neck
- Mild fever
- Pulling on ears
- Gastrointestinal problems
While there is no miracle cure for teething, there are several teething remedies that can help make your baby more comfortable. These include:
- Massaging the gums – Massaging the baby’s gums by gently rubbing them can help to reduce the pain.
- A cold compress - Apply a cold washcloth, cold carrot, frozen banana, chilled pacifier or an ice cube wrapped securely in a washcloth. Watch the child at all times to ensure that he or she can’t choke on the item, and hold the washcloth for babies.
- Frozen baby bottle – Fill a baby bottle with juice or water and turn it upside down and freeze it. When it’s completely frozen, let the baby chew on the frozen bottle nipple for instant relief.
- Pain relievers – Over the counter pain relievers for children can help to reduce pain for up to four hours. Bedtime is a good time to try this remedy, since children can’t be given pain relievers constantly. Choose a pain reliever, such as Liquid Tylenol for children, and carefully follow the dosage instructions for the child’s age and weight. Do not use aspirin, as it is associated with Reye’s Syndrome in children.
- Oral anesthetics – Oral anesthetics, such as Orajel, have formulas specifically for babies. These anesthetics numb the gums and provide temporary relief, which usually lasts for about 40 minutes.
- Teething Tablets – Available at some pharmacies, these are herbal tablets that quickly dissolve in the mouth and provide some temporary relief from teething.
- Chewing - Chewing helps the tooth work its way through the gum and usually helps the baby feel better. Food, such as bagels, apple slices, carrots and more can be helpful. For safety purposes, put the food item in a washcloth and hold it for young babies. Do not leave the baby unattended.
It’s important to note that some of the symptoms associated with teething can be symptoms of other, more serious problems. If the baby has a severe rash, a prolonged fever, vomiting and diarrhea, or repeatedly pulls at the ears, it’s possible he or she could have an infection such as a bacterial, respiratory or ear infection, and a doctor should be contacted.
Otherwise, the teething remedies listed here should be helpful to eliminate your baby’s pain when cutting teeth.
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