Teething is a process that happens to all children, usually around six months of age when the first teeth start to appear. It can be a difficult experience for both the child and the parents, as it causes pain, discomfort, and irritability for the baby. There are some tips that can help alleviate the symptoms of teething and make it easier for everyone involved.
It’s important to understand what teething is
When teeth begin to push through the gums, it causes inflammation and sensitivity. This results in discomfort for the child, which leads to irritability, drooling, and sometimes even fever.
Some common signs your child is teething
- Do they have a mild temperature?
- Do they have a rash on their face?
- Are they drooling more than usual?
- Do they wake up at night distressed?
- Are their gums sensitive and red?
- Are they biting and chewing whatever they can reach?
- Are they rubbing their ear?
- Does your baby have flushed or red cheeks?
There are ways to help ease the pain for your child. One way is to give your child something to chew on. This can be a teething toy or even a cold damp washcloth, the pressure from chewing on these items can help relieve some discomfort.
As some babies don’t like to eat while teething, chilled foods may help.
Chilled foods can help numb your baby’s gums and relieve some of the pain.
Some of the best foods for teething include:
- Pureed fruits
- Frozen banana slices
Soft and purred foods, some babies may not be able to chew tougher foods comfortably. Soft and pureed foods can be easier to swallow and provide a source of nutrition. Good options include:
- Mashed vegetables, sweet potato, carrots, parsnip etc
- Pureed apple sauce
- Oatmeal/ Porridge
Another way to relieve discomfort is to massage your child’s gums with a clean finger. This can help relieve some of the pain and pressure caused by teething.
If your child is really struggling with teething pain, you can also talk to your healthcare provider about using over the counter pain relievers like Ibuprofen or Bonjela.
Just remember that teething is a normal process and it will eventually pass. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or unsure reach out to your healthcare provider.