How to ease teething sore in your baby.
What is teething?
Teething is an expected step in a growing baby; teething usually begins at the age of six months to nine months, although sometimes it might be earlier or even late. Teething is said to occur when the teeth erupts from the gum of the baby’s mouth, the area may appear slightly red or swollen. it is also known as Odontiasis. At 30 months most children will have all their milk teeth. Teething can usually be handled at home, unless on rare occasions.
How can I help in soothing my baby’s sore gum?
Easy tips for aiding a baby with teething discomfort:
- Massage your baby’s gums: Firstly Wash and rinse your hands, then Using a neat finger or damp gauze pad to rub your baby’s gums. The pressure can ease your baby’s discomfort.
- Use of cool items: Using a cold piece of cloth or towel, spoon or chilled teething ring can be soothing on a baby’s gums. Ensure it is mildly cold; it being too cold can be harmful to the baby’s gum.
- The use a teething ring: Try one made of firm rubber the liquid filled variety may break under the pressure of your baby’s chewing. If a bottle seems to work, fill it with water. Prolonged contact with sugar from formula, milk or juice may cause tooth decay.
- The use of solid foods: When your baby is eating solid foods, you might offer something edible for gnawing — such as a peeled and chilled cucumber or carrot. Keep a close eye on your baby, however. Any pieces that break off might pose a choking hazard.
- Wipe off the drool.Excessive drooling is part of the teething process. To prevent skin irritation, keep a clean cloth handy to dry your baby’s chin. Consider applying a moisturizer such as a water-based cream or lotion.
- The use of over-the-counter prescriptions:If your baby is especially cranky, acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) or ibuprofen (Advil, Children’s Motrin, others) might help. Avoid teething medications that contain the pain reliever benzocaine. Benzocaine products have been associated with methemoglobinemia — a rare but serious condition that reduces the amount of oxygen in the blood.
NOTE: the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also has recommended that parents should avoid using homeopathic teething gels or tablets, because they might pose a threat to the baby’s health.
Signs and symptoms of teething
Teething experience is usually different for all babies as some may experience discomfort while others might not. The general signs and
Symptoms of teething are:
- Teeth rashes
- Extra crying and whining
- Coughing and or gag reflexes
- Rejecting food
- Waking up at night
- Gum hematoma
- Ear pulling and cheek rubbing
According to researchers some Experience’s may occur during this teething period like; High fever (higher than 101 degrees), Diarrhea, runny nose, and cough, prolonged fussiness, Rashes on the body, etc. They are popularly believed to be associated with teething, but there has been no prove, therefore when symptoms like this occur, it is important to visit your doctor.