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Of all of the milestones that babies hit, teething is the most anticipated. Will the baby have the Mom’s teeth or Dad’s? Do we need to go ahead and start saving for orthodontists’ visits? What’s normal?
There are so many great things that go along with teething. When an infant has teeth, many parents feel more comfortable giving their baby solid foods. Of course, you can give babies solids without teeth, so don’t be misled here. The comfort factor just increases.
Being able to recognize when a baby is teething is important. Watch you baby for the following symptoms:
- Excessive drooling
- Tugging at their ears
- Rejecting Food
- A low grade fever
- Putting everything in their mouth (and even things that don’t belong there!)
- A loss of sleep or change in sleeping patterns
- Diaper rash
Although these symptoms are common, not all babies will display these. Some babies won’t show any symptoms at all.
The best indication of whether your infant is teething is the emergence of teeth. When you look at their gums, you should be able to see their tiny teeth coming through. Sometimes it looks white and at other times the tooth looks iridescent, but you can always see it under the thinning gums.
If you believe your child has these symptoms, but are concerned that it is something different, please contact your pediatrician immediately. Tugging at the ears can be a sign of an ear infection and not just teething. A loss of appetite can be a sign of other major health problems as well. If the child’s temperature rises above a low grade one, there may be a secondary infection.
There are many methods for pain relief for your little one. Which one you choose is completely up to you. There isn’t a wrong method (unless it’s teething tablets, don’t use these as they can cause seizures in babies). Some Moms have learned from trial and error what works for them and others go on advice from their pediatrician. If concerned, do not hesitate to contact your pediatrician for their recommendation. The following list of items can be used for teething relief in infants:
- A chilled teether: These are classic and are sold at every major retailed. It is thick plastic with liquid in the middle. They should be chilled in the fridge before being given to your baby. Always inspect them for leaks before handing them to you baby. Do not put these in the freezer. They may explode and become harmful to your little one. Clean them after each use.
- Teething jewelry: Teething jewelry is a new trend. Some Moms swear by it. Amber necklaces are one of the most popular teething jewelry pieces, but Walmart sells a few plastic ones that work well. This method should be used with caution. Never put a baby to sleep wearing one or leave a baby unsupervised wearing one as they pose a great choking hazard.
- A gum massage: Putting your (clean) fingers in a cold washcloth, place them on the child’s gums, apply slight pressure, and rub the gums. This is a classic method that helps with temporary discomfort.
- Teething gel: Be sure to choose a brand that is approved for use on infants. Orajel makes an infant gel that is safe to use. Remember to always follow your pediatrician and manufacturer advice on the use of these products.
- Children’s Motrin or Tylenol, alternated, every 4 to 6 hours as needed or directed by your pediatrician. Be certain to consult your pediatrician for the proper dosage for child’s weight and age. Pain relievers should not be given to babies younger than three months in age. The following chart is the recommended dosage for infant pain reliever based on your child’s body weight, but is no substitution for your pediatrician’s advice:
- Ibuprofen Dosage Chart
- A chilled Washcloth: Not too soaked, for the child to suck on.
- Silicone Teethers. I like this one by Nuby© personally. With it I don’t have to worry about my child chewing through and releasing liquid. Yea, I’m paranoid…
What works for one child may not work for another. It takes trial and error to find out which pain relief method works best. Who know, you could be one of the lucky ones whose children handles pain like a champ. We can all dream….
Let us know in the comments which teething pain method worked for you or how you noticed your little one’s chompers coming through!
Author: Tracy Harper
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