How to get through the teething process?

How to get through the teething process?

March 10, 2020 12:33 pm Published by

You pass through the first five months and sigh in relief that the colicky stage is finally over, only to find yourself facing a drooling, cranky and tearful baby who is keeping you up at night during the teething process. How do you make this a (somewhat) smooth process for your baby and yourself? The best pediatric dentists available only find at Drs Nicolas & Asp centers are here for the rescue!

  • First of all, how can you recognise that your baby is teething?

While for some babies teething can go relatively painlessly, for others it may really take a toll on them. Teething starts around the age of six months and is commonly associated with the following symptoms:

  1. Drooling
  2. Willingness to chew on objects
  3. Irritability and crankiness
  4. Sore or tender gums
  5. Low grade fever (37.2°C)

While some parents may swear that their babies have fever and diarrhea while teething, there is no evidence to prove a correlation. Please make sure to seek pediatric medical care should your baby have a temperature of 38°C or above and/or diarrhea.

  • So, what can you do to sore your baby’s gums?
  1. Massage your baby’s gums: Using clean fingers or moistened gauze, apply pressure to your baby’s sore gums to offer much-needed relief.
  2. Cool things for your baby to bite on: Giving your baby a cold washcloth, spoon or teething ring can really help soothe their gums. However, be careful not to give your baby a frozen teething ring as their firmness could bruise the baby’s delicate gums.
  3. Hard or cold foods: If your baby is already started on solids, try peeling and cutting up a cucumber or carrot in thin slices and letting your baby chew on them. You must keep a close eye, however, at all times as any pieces that break off may pose a choking hazard. Alternatively, giving your baby mashed banana in a mesh feeder will be both a yummy snack and a gum soother.
  4. Dry the baby’s drool: Excessive drooling is a natural part of the teething process.

Keep a clean cloth handy to dry the baby’s drool in order to prevent skin irritation. You may also want to put a bib on to prevent the excessive saliva from wetting the baby’s clothes and making them feel uncomfortable. A water-based cream or lotion may be helpful to moisturize the baby’s skin.

  • Cuddles: Giving your baby lots of hugs may be all they need to feel better. Pick a comfortable chair and rock your baby gently. This will provide both comforts to the baby and much longed-for rest for you.
  • Over-the-counter painkillers: If your baby is especially cranky or irritated while teething, infant paracetamol or ibuprofen may help control their pain. It is best to avoid teething tablets and medications that contain benzocaine or lidocaine as they may be harmful.
  • How to care for your baby’s new teeth?

Ideally, you should have been cleaning your baby’s gum with a damp washcloth well before teething starts, but if you haven’t, now is a good time to start.

As soon as your baby gets his first tooth, start cleaning with a soft-bristled infant toothbrush to keep bacteria from building up in your baby’s mouth. And with your baby’s teeth coming in, it would be the perfect time to start scheduling regular dental check-ups. At Drs Nicolas & Asp dental centers, you can be confident that your child will be cared for by the best pediatric dentist in Dubai.

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