Teething of babies sometimes tends to be a problem for parents and caregivers. In addition, the babies may also suffer from pain during this period when their teeth start to come out. In this regard, it would be a great help for both parents and babies if the adults can learn some of the ways by which they ease the pain of their infants.
To start off, parents should expect their babies to start growing teeth after six months. The first ones to grow are normally the two bottom front teeth followed by the two top front teeth. Parents should be aware of some signs and symptoms of teething, as listed below:
Chewing on solid objects
Though some parents think that teething can cause fever or diarrhea, there is no scientific evidence to prove it.
SOOTHING BABIES’ SORE GUMS
RUBBING GUMS OF BABIES
Parents can alleviate sore gums of their babies by rubbing the gums with a clean finger or moistened gauze pad.
USE COLD TEETHING MATERIALS
Babies would prefer chewing on a cold washcloth, spoon, or chilled teething ring. However, parents should be careful not to give their infants a frozen teething ring.
USE QUALITY TEETHING RING
When buying a teething ring, parents should choose those that are made with firm rubber. They should not buy those that are filled with water as babies may potentially break them when chewing. Parents may also use bottles filled with water.
GIVE THE BABIES HARD FOODS
For babies who are already eating solid foods, peeled and chilled cucumber or carrots work well during teething period. However, parents should watch over their babies when chewing on these things to avoid possible choking incidents.
CLEAN UP THE DROOL
Babies tend to drool when their teething. Thus, parents should always keep drying their babies’ chin to avoid causing skin irritation. They can also apply water-based cream or lotion as moisturizer.
USE OVER-THE-COUNTER REMEDIES
Some babies tend to be extremely irritable when teething. In such cases, parents can try acetaminophen or ibuprofen formulated for babies. However, they should avoid using teething medications with benzocaine, as this compound has been linked with methemoglobinemia, which causes reduction in oxygen levels in the blood.
Meanwhile, the Food and Drug Administration advises parents not to use homeopathic teething gels or tablets because of possible health risks.
In more extreme cases of teething, babies showing excessive pain or discomfort should be brought to hospitals or doctors for thorough examination.