Most of the babies stay up all night crying. It is challenging not only for them but for the parents as well.
20 teeth are hidden under the gum line of your baby. They will pop one by one, and the baby will get used to it with time. However, when the first tooth is on its way, you may notice certain symptoms like irritability, excessive drooling, chewing different objects, a rash around the mouth, or even low temperature and diarrhoea. If you notice the last two, call your paediatrician to make sure there is no more serious problem.
If you feel the signs and symptoms, start checking your baby’s gums for little bumps. The two bottom front teeth are typically the first to appear. Most of the time, the symptoms come months before the tooth, so be patient and check regularly.
If you are in this position and you don’t know how to soothe a teething baby, here are some tips that will ease the pain for both your baby and you!
Start by checking the gums! Wash your hands and massage the gums gently with your fingers. Try rubbing it in the same motion. This may calm the baby and even help them fall asleep.
Using cold pressure is claimed to be one of the best methods to get rid of the irritation.
We can give you a few different tactics
- One of them is to use a cold cloth. Take a clean piece of cloth, soak it well in water, and then put it into the freezer for an hour. Once it cools, give it to your baby to chew on. They will use the cold item with pressure on their gums, and this will help with the pain. It looks quite safe, but don’t let the baby be unattended as there is always a risk of choking.
- There is a large range of teething toys on the market. We have no guarantee that those toys will work, but try to freeze them and give them to the kid later. Choose the safest toys. They should be made of good material and contain no liquids or gels. Place them in the refrigerator ahead of time and give them a try. We hope it will help to release the pain.
- If you have more time and creativity, you can make a milk lollypop for your baby. Because of the irritation, some babies may refuse to eat while teething. You need to use alternative methods, and this one is perfect. It will relieve the discomfort and feed your baby at the same time. Try to find a BPA – free form, fill it with breastmilk or formula, and refrigerate it.
- After the first six months, your baby will start trying solid foods, so you can also give your kid frozen fruits. Mash the fruit. You can use a banana, for example. It will be super easy. Put them into a mesh feeder and give them to your baby. An alternative option is a hard chunk of fruit like an apple or pear. You can give it to your baby directly. Regardless of what you choose, monitor the baby while having the fruits.
During this period, your baby will have excess drool. Prepare yourself to change the baby’s clothes frequently. You can use a bib to prevent staining and soak up the extra liquids. Try to wipe the slobber from the face to prevent skin irritation.
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After the tooth pops from the gum, there should be no problem. Also, there is usually a break before the other tooth starts growing. The more information and tools you have upfront, the better you will handle the situation!
- Every night before sleep, wipe off the new tooth. Use a soft, damp cloth or a super soft-bristled baby toothbrush. This step is super important to clean all the potential bacteria in the mouth.
- We advise you not to use fluoride toothpaste before your baby turns 3 years old. Try to find a natural one with super clean ingredients that are also suitable for babies. The amount your toddler needs is no bigger than a rice grain.
- Once your kid has a few baby teeth, it is good to start scheduling dental checkups.
Make sure you do these steps as a foundation for a lifetime of healthy gums and teeth.