Attention parents! Get ready to see your little ones drooling like never before and gnawing on everything in sight as it’s teething time! When the time comes for your baby’s pearly whites to make their big debut, it doesn’t go without a little bit of discomfort and annoyance. But don’t worry, we’re here with some expert-recommended home remedies that are sure to make the teething process a little more bearable for you and your baby. Let’s take a look at the symptoms of teething in a baby and ways to fix it.
What is teething?
Teething is a natural process in which a baby’s first teeth, also known as baby teeth or baby teeth, come through the gums. “Teething is an important milestone in a child’s development and usually occurs between 4 months and 3 years of age. Babies can feel discomfort and pain when teeth push through the gums,” says Dr. Shreya Dubey, Consultant Neonatology and Paediatrics, CK Birla Hospital, Gurugram. Teething is a normal and necessary part of a child’s development, but there are a few things parents can do to ease their child’s discomfort.
Signs and symptoms that your baby is teething
Dubey explains that some babies show no symptoms at all, while others show classic symptoms such as:
* Excessive salivation
* Tendency to bite and chew almost anything.
* You have swollen and sensitive gums.
* Rubbing or pulling of the ears, eyes and nose.
* A slight increase in body temperature (usually less than 38 degrees Celsius).
When the tooth finally erupts, the gums become red and painful. They can experience disturbed sleep patterns and also an increase in bowel movements. It is essential to know that these symptoms are normal and not a cause for alarm, but it is always recommended to visit your pediatrician if your baby seems unwell.
Here are some remedies to help ease your baby’s teething pain:
1. Teething rings or teethers
Dr Dubey advises the use of baby teethers. These are toys that are designed to be chewed and give your baby something to gnaw on to ease discomfort. They come in a variety of types and sizes, including silicone or plastic rings, and some can be refrigerated or frozen for an extra soothing effect.
2. Cold cloth
A clean, damp washcloth that has been chilled in the refrigerator can provide instant relief for your baby’s sore gums. You can also use a frozen cloth, but be sure to wrap it in a thin cloth or towel to prevent ice burns.
3. A toothbrush with soft bristles
A toothbrush with soft bristles can be used to gently massage the baby’s gums. This helps relieve discomfort and improves circulation, which speeds up healing.
4. Fruits and vegetables
Raw fruits and vegetables such as carrots, cucumbers and apples can be given to your baby if he is older than 6 months to bite and chew. “They are safe and healthy and provide the necessary pressure that relieves pain and itching in the gums,” says Dr. Dubey. However, it is vital that you supervise your child during this process to avoid the risk of suffocation.
5. Teething gels and medicines
dr. Dubey also suggests that if your baby is experiencing severe pain, you might consider using teething gels or medications. However, it is imperative to consult a pediatrician before giving your child any medication.
By using these remedies and medicines, you can make the teething process more comfortable for your child. Remember to monitor your child’s symptoms closely and consult your pediatrician if necessary.